Earlswood is south of Redhill in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. The town is famous as the home of the Royal Earlwood Hospital. This large psychiatric hospital, entirely financed by public subscription, was built by a Mr Jay who was also responsible for the construction of the Houses of Parliament. Prince Albert laid the foundation stone in 1853 and officially opened the Asylum in 1855.
In the 20th century the hospital was home for several decades to two of the late Queen Mother's neices: Katherine Bowes-Lyons (born 1926) and Nerissa Bowes-Lyons (1919 - 86). The sisters, both born mentally inpaired, received no visits from the Royal Family and were declared dead by Buckingham Palace.
In 1997, following allegations of poor care, the Royal Earlswood Hospital was closed. Today the imposing building, easily spotted from from the London to Brighton railway line, has been converted into apartments.
Reigate Caves 1.7 miles Take the chance to delve underground and see these caves.
Ladyland Farm 2.4 miles Have an educational time down at the farm.
Godstone Farm 4.7 miles An ideal day out down at the farm for families with young children.
Epsom Downs Racecourse 6.9 miles Enjoy an exciting day out at the races.
Gatton Park 2.4 miles Lovely gardens and parklands to visit close to Reigate Hill.
Reigate Priory Museum 1.7 miles Discover the past of Reigate and also take a peek inside the Priory.
The East Surrey Museum 5.4 miles A small local museum with the history of the area.
Reigate Priory Park 1.7 miles A lovely place in the town for a stroll, or even a cup of tea.
Reigate Hill 2.1 miles Ideal for walk in the North Downs.
Reigate Heath 2.6 miles Enjoy a heathland walk and see the windmill.
Reigate Heath Windmill 2.8 miles A lovely old post mill with an unusual use.
Outwood Windmill 3.8 miles Stop by to see England's oldest working post mill.
Towns Near Earlswood To Visit - straight line distance:Redhill (0.73 miles) Reigate (1.71 miles) Horley (3.95 miles) Godstone (4.66 miles)