The Deepdene Trail

Mausoleum – Deepdene Trail © MVDC

The Deepdene Trail is the exciting project bringing the work and life of Thomas Hope back into focus in Dorking. It builds on the work carried out by the volunteers who have been literally uncovering what remains of his estate around Deepdene and restore his mausoleum. Hope was a key figure in the Greek revival in the decorative arts in the early nineteenth century and remains world famous.

Guided walks on the Deepdene Trail

We offer guided walks around the Deepdene Trail during the year. Tickets are £5.00 (under 12’s free) and can be booked below.

This is the last tour of 2021 – but new dates will be added for 2022.


  • Please do not attend the walk if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. Walk numbers are limited at this time, so if possible please email to let us know in advance if you need to cancel your place.
  • If you show any symptoms of Covid-19 whilst on the walk you will need to leave the walk immediately.
  • If you fall ill with Covid-symptoms after attending a walk, you will need to immediately inform us so that we can inform NHS Track and Trace and alert other walkers of the need to self- isolate.
  • Masks are required when inside the Mausoleum or inside the Golf Club building and social distancing of 1 metre is to be observed.

Well behaved dogs on leads are very welcome on these walks. Hot drinks and snacks are available from Dorking Golf Club at the end of the walk. Please note – no physical tickets will be issued, please meet your guide at Dorking Golf Club 10 minutes before the start of your tour which will begin promptly. Please wear sensible footwear. The walk is not weather dependant, so do wear appropriate clothes.

Although the mansion is sadly no longer in existence, the project reveals  the terraces, walks and other parts of the gardens which surrounded the house.

For details of where to meet and other FAQ’s click here.

We also organise group walks, please fill in the booking form here, and a member of the walks team will be in touch. We are able to adapt the Deepdene Walk for visitors in wheelchairs or children in pushchairs. Please contact us directly on to arrange a visit.

You can, of course, walk the trail on your own.

Download a printable version of the map here (pdf)

The Museum is pleased to be working in partnership with the Council to support this significant heritage project. To keep up with news from the Trail, follow them on Facebook and instagram or visit their website.

Full details on the project and a detailed history of the Deepdene can be found here.

The Opening of The Deepdene Trail September 2016
The Opening of The Deepdene Trail September 2016
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