Cherkley Court & Gardens

Cherkley Court, Surrey
Cherkley Court, Surrey - © Ian Capper

Cherkley Court & Gardens are located in Leatherhead in Surrey and offer visitors the chance to visit a historic house and renowned gardens. The gardens are a particular favourite among visitors with a range of features to see and offer some wonderful views of the Mole Valley. The tranquil and scenic setting takes for an interesting place for visitors to explore on a day out. The historic house is an impressive one, the impressive location means the house is a favoured venue for entertaining and functions too.


Cherkley Court & Gardens is set within 400 acres of park and woodlands within the scenic Surrey countryside and provides a great setting for the imposing house & gardens. The house was the home of the 1st Lord Beaverbrook from 1910 until 1964, in recent years the house has undergone extensive restoration and renovation that has helped to restore the house to former glories.

Cherkley Court was bought by William Maxwell Aitken, the 1st Lord Beaverbrook back in 1910, the house had been rebuilt after the fire here in 1893. Lord Beaverbrook was a newspaper owner and used the house to entertain a number of well known people that included Rudyard Kipling, Harold Macmillan and Sir Winston Churchill among others.

During the Second World War the house became a base for Lord Beaverbrook in his role as Minister for Aircraft Production and was a member of the War Cabinet. After Lady Beaverbrook's death in 1994 the Beaverbrook foundation began an ambitious programme of renovation and restoration for the house.

The House has been subject to extensive refurbishment programme overseen by designer, David Mlinaric. The house was refurbished adhering to the principles of ensuring the character of the Victorian country house and the personal possessions and tastes of the 1st Lord Beaverbrook were left in tact. This has helped to ensure the character and history of the house is still very much in evidence for visitors to see.

The Gardens at Cherkley Court provide visitors with an impressive spectacle and are a highlight of any visit here. The gardens are spread over 16 acres offering visitors with a range of features alongside some splendid views of the Mole Valley and the Yew Woods. The centrepieces of the gardens are a number of grand terraces that head south from the house.

The garden offers some nice touches for visitors to enjoy, whilst there are formal gardens here, there are also a number of secluded spaces, soft plants. Other notable features include a walnut grove and shell grotto. Visitors can take a stroll at their leisure across the gardens or alternatively take a garden tour to learn more about the gardens.

How to Get There

The house can be accessed by both car and public transport:

By Car:

The site is located in Leatherhead in Surrey, to the South West of central London. Visitors coming from the M25 Motorway should take exit at junction 9 signposted for Dorking & Leatherhead, then the A243 that is signposted for Dorking, Sutton, Epsom, and Leatherhead. Then drive on the A24 towards Dorking and at the third roundabout take the first exit that is signposted as B2033 Headley. The entrance to the house is a few hundred metres further up the road.

For visitors coming from the South West, take the A3 towards Guildford and then the A246 heading towards Leatherhead. At the junction with the A24 take the second exit on to the A24/Leatherhead Bypass Road and then at the next roundabout take the third exit on to Reigate Road that is signposted for B2033 Headley. The entrance is a few hundred metres further up the road.

For those using Satellite Navigation systems the postcode is KT22 8Q.

By Train:

From Waterloo Station and London Victoria Station in central London trains are available to both Dorking and Leatherhead Stations. Both stations are approx 10 minutes away by taxi.

By Bus:

There are various local bus services that service the Dorking and Leatherhead area. For visitors it is easier to get a taxi from either Dorking or Leatherhead town centre to Cherkley.

Contact Details

Cherkley Court
Reigate Road
KT22 8QX
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1372 380980


Website: Cherkley Court

Facilities & Information

Opening Times:

Open from April until September:

From 10.30 until 17.00 (Sunday to Thursday)

Note: Closed on Fridays & Saturday.

Further Information:

Admission Prices:

Adults: £6.00 approx, Children: £4.50 approx (Under 5's Free entry), Concessions £4.70 approx & Family Ticket: £18.00 approx.


The Orangery provides visitors with drinks, refreshments and a range of lights snacks & afternoon tea. Visitors can have salads, sandwiches, quiche or cream teas and ice creams.


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For Local Search and Directions see: Cherkley Court Map

Tips & Other Considerations

There may be some variations on the opening hours depending on the time of year and other factors. Visitors should double check before going to ensure the attraction you wish to see is open.

Always remain alert, vigilant and aware of your belongings at all times. Ensure valuables such as your wallet/purse are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a good quality, strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to take your bag.

If you are travelling by car to Leatherhead in Surrey ensure you are well prepared with maps and Sat Nav to aid your journey, particularly if you are not familiar with the local area and roads. Before starting your journey check the traffic information & updates for the latest news.

If you are travelling by public transport, check for service updates prior to beginning your journey for any delays, disruption or cancellations to services that may impact on your journey. Ensure you have the service timetables for the trains, buses and coaches. Remember when the last services are and ensure you make it to the train/bus/coach stops well in time.

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