Surrey is a county waiting to be explored. Full of history and heritage, grand designs and glorious gardens. Rolling countryside and a rich Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Surrey Hills.
Surrey has lots of amazing places to explore, let us help you discover more about this county.
The county of Surrey extends from Greater London in the north to the Sussex and Hampshire borders in the south. Situated in the South East of England, its proximity to London and surrounding counties, also including Kent and Berkshire, have made Surrey an important and influential county throughout British history.
Comprising of thriving market towns and quintessentially English villages, Surrey is renowned for its green open spaces and vast areas of broadleaf and ancient woodland, in fact Surrey is the most densely wooded county in the whole of England.
Head to the top of Leith Hill tower in the Surrey Hills and get your first awe-inspiring, 360 degree view of the scenic highlights that make Surrey such a fabulous place to visit. The highest point in the South East, offering views that extend to London in the North and the Channel (on a good day) to the South, with far reaching woodland and green open spaces in between. On a clear day it is claimed you can see 14 counties from its summit.
Steeped in heritage and history, Surrey is home to a superb selection of well preserved stately homes, many of which form part of the National Trust, including Polesden Lacey and Hatchlands Park, along with one of England's favourite Historic Royal Palaces, Hampton Court Palace.
Discover the historic landmarks of the county with a visit to the Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, see one of Surrey's famous castles in Guildford or Farnham, or take a trip along the Wey Navigation, the first British river to be made navigable in 1653. Learn more about the History of Surrey, from family history to museums and more, and discover the Surrey Countryside , with walking trails, cycling to nature and wildlife.
Steeped in history with cobbled streets and twisting lanes, Surrey's market towns showcase beautiful timber-framed buildings, castle keeps and abbey ruins, alongside an eclectic mix of independent and big name stores.
Vibrant Guildford, the largest town of Surrey, brings together chic shopping and stylish places to eat and drink, surrounded by historic buildings, such as the iconic Guildhall and clock tower, theatres and entertainment venues. It is also one of the major shopping destinations for Surrey and is also the County town of Surrey.
Riverside Kingston-upon-Thames offers destination shopping and waterfront dining only 25 minutes from central London. Home to a bustling market for more than 800 years, and the place where Saxon Kings were crowned, the town now hosts a busy calendar of festivals and events throughout the year.
Historic Dorking, surrounded by the beautiful Surrey Hills, is home to a thriving arts community, a renowned antiques and eclectic vintage shops quarter in West Street and is within easy reach of Denbies Wine Estate.
Whilst modern Woking, original home of 'Modfather' Paul Weller and “The Jam”, features the contemporary influence of HG Wells, author of War of the Worlds and the award-winning gallery and museum - The Lightbox.
Explore village life in Surrey and you'll discover picture postcard cottages, local stores and village greens, along with welcoming pubs at the heart of the community. Unchanged for generations, a tour of the villages in Surrey offers the chance to step back in time and learn more about the region as well as some of its famous residents.
Visit England's oldest recorded village, Abinger Common, with dwellings dating back more than 7,000 years, or England's largest village, Cranleigh, with its rare, independent department store called Manns, a lovely quaint cafe called Cromwells, because it once used by Oliver Cromwell during the Civil War and a brilliant independent fashion house and cafe named “One Forty”.
Find green-fingered inspiration in Bramley, home of acclaimed garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll or retrace the steps of the cast of blockbuster movies such as The Holiday or Bridget Jones in Shere.
Take a stroll in Holmbury St Mary to the road that inspired EM Forster to create Summer Street in Room With A View or visit the grave of famous journalist and explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley in Pirbright.
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