What's On

The Trail is open! Please come and explore for free anytime between dawn and dusk.

There are routes from 1 mile to 9 miles to explore, download our Trail map to find out more

Sir John Soane and Thomas Hope: Rival or Disciple? By Tim Knox

Date: Thursday 1st February 2018,  6.30pm      

The Deepdene Trail invites you to attend a fascinating, evening talk at Fetcham Park House.

Introducing the intriguing  story of Thomas Hope (1769 - 1831), bringing his personality and vision for design to life; this talk is set in the magnificent Fetcham Park House, Fetcham and will be preceded by drinks in the Great Hall.

Born into one of the richest banking dynasties in Europe, Thomas Hope used his great wealth to shape the arts in Regency England.  He amassed a remarkable art collection and installed it in the extraordinary interior of his London town house in Duchess Street and country estate at Deepdene, Dorking.  His interior decoration fostered what became known as the Regency style: a fascinating amalgam of decorative details, ornament and influences from Antiquity and British and Continental European art, architecture and design. 

Tim Knox is the Director and Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.  Prior to his appointment in 2013, Mr. Knox served as Director of the Sir John Soane's Museum in London where he had been since 2005.  Tim studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art and was appointed Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection in 1989.  In 1995 Tim moved to the National Trust as its Architectural Historian, becoming Head Curator in 2002.

Tickets: £12 Book now via Dorking Halls Box Office, 01306 881717.

Venue: Fetcham Park House, Lower Road, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9HD

Parking: Please note the entrance to Fetcham Park is via Badingham Drive. The Sat Nav reference is KT22 9ES and the gates are immediately on your right as you turn off Lower Road. Visitor parking is available in the grounds.

Download map for directions here.

Guided Walks with Dorking Museum

Hear the hidden stories of the Deepdene and gain exclusive access to the Hope Mausoleum with the Dorking Museum walks team.

Group Tours are available on any date to suit you, and regular walks open to all will be offered throughout the year for a small donation towards the Museum.

Next public walks:  11th March 2018, 2pm and 13th May at 2pm.

Visit Dorking Museum's website to find out more and book your tour.

Walking for Health on the Trail

Last Tuesday of every month, 10.30am

Every month there is a chance to join one of the Walking for Health team's free and friendly short walks on the Deepdene Trail.

No booking necessary just meet walk leader Estelle Holmes outside Reception, Pippbrook MVDC Council, RH4 1SJ at 10.30am on the last Tuesday of the month. The walk lasts 60 minutes and is graded an intermediate walk; gentle to moderate pace, generally flat but uneven ground at times and possible steps.

Walking for Health Mole Valley is part of an England-wide network to keep you fit and healthy. With specially trained walk leaders, you are sure to be in safe hands, offering the opportunity to try new walks to enjoy again and again.

Download their walks booklet (PDF) to find out more about other healthy walks in Mole Valley.

Deepdene Trail App

Visiting The Trail with smart phone or tablet? Download the Deepdene Trail App before you go and enjoy fantastic extra features including: an interactive Trail map, family fun quizzes, Tales from Coady the lion to guide you around, interesting videos about the historic estate and audio versions of the interpretation panel text.

Download now at the App Store or on Google Play.

Deepdene Virtual Tour

Help us test out the new Deepdene Virtual Tour. Visit Dorking Museum to see it in its fancy new kiosk and explore the Deepdene Estate as it was in 1825 when owner Thomas Hope walked the grounds with this amazing interactive Virtual Tour.

Dorking Museum, 62 West Street Dorking is open Thursday to Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Entry is: Adult £2.00, Seniors & Under 18's £1.00, Under 5's Free, Family Ticket £4.50