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Family activities and adventure parks, wild open spaces with beautiful landscapes and views, historic houses and gardens, or boat trips on the Thames. Surrey really is a county for everyone with so much to see and do.
The majority of attractions offer reduced rate entry fees for senior citizens, including the National Trust, Royal Horticultural Society, and English Heritage sites. Family tickets and childrens concessions are also available. You can confirm with the attraction using the contact details on this website before you travel.
If you fancy some retail therapy most shops are open from 9am - 5pm Monday through Saturday. Larger stores are open later and on Sundays from 11am until 4pm.
Choosing from so many things can be difficult. Whether you stay for a few hours or several days we can help you make the most of your time in Surrey.
In Surrey you can experience traditional English food at a variety of restaurants and hotels in formal and informal surroundings. Alternatively, the larger towns offer a diverse range of international cuisine to suit all tastes and preferences, including vegetarian.
As a taster of the kind of things to do and see whilst in the area we have specifically created a selection of themed itineraries and trails for your information. Whether you are a first time visitor and want to see the attractions of Surrey or a seasoned traveller and yearn to discover some of our hidden gems - there's something for everyone. Feel free to mix and match any of the elements or to tailor make your own special routes.
Children will have a wonderful time in Surrey because there is so much to do. Visit theme and farm parks, engage in sporting and leisure activities, and explore the countryside on this action-packed itinerary.
A day at a theme park is a must for children of all ages - the difficulty is choosing which one! Visit Thorpe Park to experience the excitement of the new Nemesis Inferno, the Detonator, the Colossus coaster ride and much more, or spend the day at Chessington World of Adventures, where chills and thrills abound in the new spooky Hocus Pocus Hall, the Vampire ride, the Tomb Blaster, the list is endless!
Start the day with a visit to the impressive Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford. Venture into the ice-rink or try your arm at ten-pin bowling. Follow this with a dip in the sparkling leisure pool with its wave machine, flume and spa. If the weather is fine, you might like to sunbathe around the open-air pool at the nearby Lido, or test your skills on the tennis courts or putting green in Stoke Park.
A short journey will take you to Dapdune Wharf for the afternoon. Enjoy a picnic by the river before exploring the Family Trail. Try the inter-active displays in the wharfside buildings, and explore the restored Wey barge 'Reliance'. Complete a fascinating visit with a boat trip along the river.
Spend a day in the country. Visit one of Surrey's excellent Farm Parks for the morning. Have fun feeding the animals and taking a tractor ride, before exploring the surrounding countryside in the afternoon.
You could combine a visit to Godstone Farm with some time spent at The British Wildlife Centre at Lingfield, where you may see red squirrels, owls, and otters as you follow the nature trails.
Alternatively spend a morning at Bocketts Farm or Horton Park Farm before taking a picnic lunch to Box Hill, or perhaps combine a visit to Burpham Farm with a walk at Newlands Corner. Wherever you choose to visit, there are spectacular views to admire, and woods and Downs to explore.
Complete your day with a visit to the historic market town of Dorking. Follow the Heritage Trail around the town to discover the answers to the Children's Quiz. Then round off the day at one of the town's excellent cafes or restaurants.
Surrey has a rich and diverse landscape with areas of sandy heathland, chalk grassland, verdant hills and wooded plains. The county is criss-crossed by bridleways and paths, including The North Downs Way National Trail and the Greensand Way
Explore the hills and heathlands of south west Surrey with a walk that begins in the historic market town of Haslemere. This eight mile circular route is one of a series of walks from a pack entitled 'Rail to Ramble', published by the Surrey Hills. The pack includes a detailed map together with information about the places of interest and refreshment stops along the route
The walk follows the Greensand Way from Haslemere across the heathlands of Hindhead Common to the summit of Gibbet Hill. Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside before returning to Haslemere through woods, fields and farmland.
As a contrast to the dramatic scenery of day 1 follow The Thames Path between Shepperton and Sunbury for an attractive riverside walk. To avoid retracing your steps you can use public transport to get to Shepperton (train or bus)
The walk begins in Church Square with its many listed buildings. Follow The Thames Path to Sunbury, a walk of about 4 miles. Here you can stop for lunch at one of the historic pubs before viewing the Sunbury Millennium Embroidery.
If you wish, continue your walk to view Kempton Park Racecourse before returning to Sunbury Station for your journey home.
Return to the hills for a spectacular walk along The North Downs Way National Trail between Gomshall and Dorking. The route passes through beech woods, open heath, and chalk grassland.
Start the day in historic Dorking, and use the regular bus or train service to Gomshall. Begin your walk at Colekitchen Lane opposite The Compasses pub on the A25. The lane leads to The North Downs Way. Turn eastwards and walk through six miles of woodland and grassland to reach Denbies, the UK's largest Wine Estate, where you can enjoy refreshments.
Return to Dorking here using the Mole Gap Trail, which crosses the vineyard and traverses the Meadowbank recreation ground. Alternatively, you can continue along The North Downs Way to Box Hill. Cross the River Mole using the Stepping Stones before climbing to the summit, where there are stunning views and a National Trust café.
Surrey embraces some of England's most attractive countryside and market towns, as well as important historic sites. Wooded hills, dramatic heaths and chalky downs provide a diverse landscape. Flint churches and red-tiled cottages adorn the villages and towns. This itinerary allows you to experience just some of Surrey's attractions.
Begin your tour in Guildford, Surrey's historic county town, with its cobbled High Street and narrow alleyways. You could explore the fascinating Museum, take a boat trip on the river Wey, or tour the majestic 20th Century Cathedral.
Travel to ancient Farnham along the panoramic A31, stopping at the Hog's Back Brewery to sample the ales, or perhaps spending time exploring Farnham's Heritage Trail.
Then on to Hindhead, to enjoy a walk at the Devil's Punchbowl, before continuing to the attractive market town of Haslemere. Take a route through picturesque Chiddingfold to Godalming, to window shop along the winding High Street, or relax with a stroll alongside the river Wey.
Start your day at the world-renowned Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful woodlands and gardens.
Runnymede is a short drive away. The stone commemorating the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 is sited near the river Thames, and memorials to John F Kennedy and The Commonwealth Air Forces command splendid views of the surrounding countryside from the hillside nearby.
Spend the afternoon at Brooklands, the home of British motor racing. Set within the original racetrack, the extensive museum houses a collection of nostalgic racing cars and aeroplanes. You can climb parts of the original track, visit many of the original buildings, and view film clips of a bygone era.
The scenic A25 follows the North Downs. Start at Newlands Corner with its breathtaking views, but detour into Shere, one of Surrey's prettiest villages.
Continue your journey through the picturesque Tillingbourne Valley to the historic market town of Dorking. You might like to browse the antique shops in West Street. Alternatively, explore the Heritage Trail, or visit Denbies Wine Estate for a tour of the Winery and Vineyard.
Further along the A25 you can explore Reigate, and discover the Castle grounds hidden in a haven behind the High Street, before driving on through the historic villages of Nutfield and Bletchingley to Godstone. Here you can relax at one of the pubs overlooking the attractive village green.
There is so much to see and do in beautiful Surrey. This itinerary is packed with visits to some of the county's many attractions - but there are still lots more to experience, so come back soon!
Explore the scenic Mole Valley between Leatherhead and Dorking, perhaps stopping for a walk on Box Hill. Denbies Wine Estate lies across the valley, and you might like to tour the Winery or take a ride through the Vineyard.
Nearby Dorking is internationally renowned for its antique centres and specialist shops. Allow time for browsing, before ending the day at Leith Hill, the county's highest point.
Visit the historic county town of Guildford. You can take a guided tour of the majestic 20th century Cathedral, visit the fascinating Museum, or perhaps take a relaxing cruise on the river Wey.
It is a short journey to Loseley Park, a magnificent Elizabethan house in an attractive parkland setting. There is a splendid walled garden and excellent tearoom.
Enjoy Painshill Park, the tranquil 18th Century landscaped gardens. You will discover a Crystal Grotto, a Turkish Tent, and a ruined abbey amongst the remarkable collection of Follies!
By contrast, spend a nostalgic afternoon at Brooklands Motor Museum. Here you can learn about the early years of aviation and motor racing, admire the splendid collection of cars and planes, and walk around parts of the original racetrack.
Spend a day at spectacular Hampton Court Palace, where costumed guides and audio tours really bring history to life. The magnificence of the Palace, the beauty of the gardens, and the challenge of the Maze will entrance the whole family.
You can complete your day with a relaxing riverboat cruise. Choose from a range of destinations along the historic River Thames.
Wisley is the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. There are 240 acres of landscaped gardens and glasshouses to explore. You will find wonderful vistas, innumerable plant varieties, and much to inspire and inform at any time of the year.
A short drive will take you to Polesden Lacey, a magnificent Regency villa with attractive gardens and landscaped walks. There is a fabulous collection of furniture, paintings and porcelain, and numerous photographs of Polesden's famous 'society' houseguests, including those of King George VI and the late Queen Mother, who honeymooned there in 1923.
The beautiful Surrey landscape is the perfect setting for some of England's finest historic houses and gardens. This itinerary reflects the wealth of architecture and the diversity of the gardens to be found in the county.
Enjoy a day with Royal connections. Begin at the world-renowned Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. Stroll around the tranquil woodland garden and fragrant rose garden, admire the colourful herbaceous borders, and allow time to visit the Queen Elizabeth Temperate House.
Travel to Polesden Lacey where King George VI and the late Queen mother spent part of their honeymon in 1923. This spendid Regency villa was formerly the home of Edwardian hostess Mrs Margaret Greville, and contains her fine collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture, as well as photographs of her many famous 'society' guests.
Discover a Crystal Grotto, a Turkish Tent, and a Gothic Temple at Painshill Park! This superb 18th Century landscape garden holds the coveted 'Europa Nostra Medal' for 'exemplary restoration'. There is a Visitor Centre and tearoom serving lunches and snacks.
In the afternoon visit Titsey Place, one of the largest surviving estates in Surrey. This 18th Century house has changed little since 1840, and is full of treasures collected by generations of the same family. Lakes and a spectacular walled garden adorn the parkland landscape.
Spend a morning at The Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Wisley. Admire the 240 acres of varied gardens and glasshouses. Enjoy the splendid vistas. Whatever the time of the year, there is so much to inspire and inform.
By contrast spend the afternoon at one of the nearby National Trust properties. Clandon Park is a superb Palladian Mansion with a very fine collection of porcelain and furniture. Hatchlands Park has a variety of park and woodland walks, and an outstanding collection of historical keyboard instruments and Adam interiors.
Visit Loseley Park, an imposing Elizabethan mansion with attractive grounds and a magnificent walled garden. You might like to enjoy lunch in the Courtyard tearoom, or you could stop at nearby Godalming with its winding main street and courtyards. The town museum has a room dedicated to Gertude Jekyll, the inspirational garden designer, who lived nearby.
Winkworth Arboretum lies on a hillside a short drive from the town. Complete your visit to Surrey with a walk through this tranquil landscape. Enjoy its glorious Spring and Autumn colours, and spectacular views throughout the year.
Artists and writers have long favoured the Surrey landscape. This is reflected in the extensive collection of Museums and Galleries. There are so many to visit, it is difficult to know where to start! This itinerary takes you through beautiful countryside and historic towns, where galleries, museums, and antique shops abound.
Spend the morning exploring ancient Farnham with its narrow streets and courtyards. The Museum of Farnham is located in Wilmer House, one of the town's many elegant Georgian buildings. Fine Art exhibitions are regularly held at The New Ashgate Gallery in Wagon Yard, the JC Johnson Gallery at the Maltings, and The James Hockey Gallery at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design.
After lunch in one of Farnham's attractive pubs or restaurants, travel along the scenic A287 to Churt, where works by renowned sculptors are exhibited at the Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park. You might also like to visit the Rural Life Centre at Tilford to see the remarkable collection of farm buildings and implements.
Visit Guildford, Surrey's historic county town, with its narrow alleys and wealth of specialist shops. Behind the cobbled High Street lie the ruined Castle Keep and the fascinating Museum. Look for the Alice in Wonderland sculptures, a reminder of Lewis Carroll's connection with the town, and call at The Guildford House Gallery in the High Street, and The Lewis Elton Gallery at the University of Surrey, where there are regular exhibitions of Fine Art.
Travel to Compton, which lies two miles south of Guildford. The eminent Victorian artist G E Watts lived here. The Watts Gallery adjoins his former home, and houses a spectacular collection of his paintings and sculptures. The remarkable Watts Chapel, with its stunningly decorated interior, sits on the hillside nearby.
Explore the beautiful Mole Valley and its historic market towns. You will find the world's leading metal art gallery, the Fire & Iron Gallery, on the outskirts of Leatherhead.
Nearby Dorking is an internationally renowned centre for antiques. Browse amongst the wealth of shops and antique centres in West Street, and visit King's Head Courtyard and Pump Corner, where there are quality craft shops and art galleries.
Travel to Nutfield, where The Grace Barrand Design Centre displays the best of contemporary design for the home, before rounding off your day with a meal at one of Reigate's excellent restaurants or cafes.