Denying Nonsuch Park a glittering 5 star review would be like denying my childhood. I am hugely biased when it comes to Nonsuch as my whole life has been so intrinsically linked with it and played out within its parameters.
I don't want to sound soppy or cheesy but some of my earliest memories were in this very park: learning to ride my bike and walking our family dogs. I went to secondary school right here in the park (Nonsuch High School) and had our ball (or 'prom' as the new kids call it these days having stolen it from Glee and other American programmes) in the Nonsuch mansion house. Don't tell anyone but it's also where I had my first kiss!
In the 16th century Henry VIII, the old rogue, built Nonsuch Palace here, which is where the park gets its name. It stayed in royal hands until Charles II gave it to Barbara Villiers sometime in 1670 and she demolished the palace and sold off the parks to pay off her gambling debts - hmmm, perhaps not the kind of person you should be handing palaces out to, eh Charlie-boy? Only remnants of the palace are left today.
This is a HUGE and beautiful park with big open spaces great for dogs, a few dog-free cordoned-off picnic areas, a big mansion house where you can get ice-cream in the summer months or a cup of tea when it's chillier and even a big pond (if you can find it) where as kids my sister and I would come to look at the frog spawn (I have no idea why we found it so fascinating). Round the back of the mansion house there are some beautiful landscape gardens making it a popular spot for weddings. I've also attended a classical music evening in these gardens where you take your own picnic along and it was lovely!
Well worth a visit if you're in the area and should be a regular feature if you're a local. I'm telling you, there's 'none-such' like it!
A LOVELY NATURAL OPEN SPACE WITH GOOD PATHWAYS AND AN INTERESTING MANSION HOUSE WITH A SIMPLE COFFEE SHOP.
When I first visited Nonsuch park, I was amazed how after just a few minutes you seem surrounded by green parkland far from any built up areas. Its not true of course, but the illusion is really good.
Lots of people use the park for walking their dogs or letting their children ride their bikes - there is plenty of space and a mixture of concrete/tarmac paths and beaten tracks to wander along.
Nonsuch Park is accessible to pedestrians from the main entrances off London Road and Ewell Road, Blue Gates, Beaufort Way, the public footpath off Holmwood Road, which leads across Warren Farm to Nonsuch Park, and via the public footpath off Ewell Bypass.
There is car parking both on the Stoneleigh side (off the London Road) and on the Cheam side (off the Ewell Road) and near to the Cheam side is the Mansion House. I think there is a third car park but have never seen it. The Mansion house has some considerable history - home to Thomas Whately who wrote Observations on Modern Gardening among others and is Grade II listed by English Heritage.
The Mansion House is sometimes open to the public - it houses interesting displays of domestic life of the period, including fascinating kitchens and laundry rooms. Also in the house is a pleasantly informal cafe where you can get a cheap homemade lunch or tea and cakes - or an ice cream cone. The toilets there are also large and in reasonable condition. On hot days they also provide water for your dogs.
The Manor house has dog free areas that are spendidly kept gardens, so you know you are not going to sit in anything you don't want to whilst having your picnic. Once a year they have a band in the park evening which is great entertainment.
A brilliant place for a summer stroll.
Absolutely amazing park, with a lovely cafe at the Nonsuch Mansion! Perfect for dog owners, as lots of other dogs there too when I visited on a Saturday morning.
This park is absolutely gorgeous and massive considering it is so close to London. There are many different areas to explore on a walk and it offers an incredibly impressive ramp park for bike riders. The Manor house has dog free areas, so you know you are not going to sit in anything you don't want to whilst having your picnic. Once a year they have a band in the park evening which is great entertainment.
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