10 of the best hidden gems in Surrey
Take the road less travelled for a day in Surrey off the beaten track. Discover some scenic walks and historical landmarks without the crowds.
Here are some places to inspire you to discover more about Surrey:
- Gibbet Hill - near Hindhead
Postcode: GU27 1DG
Gibbet Hill (892 feet) is the second highest hill in Surrey after Leith Hill. Its part of Hindhead Common and the Devils Punchbowl. The scenery is breath-taking and the walks endless - on a clear day it is possible to see London’s skyline. Benches appear at regular intervals for those who need to stop and rest and there is plenty of local history for you to explore. Discover the tales behind Gibbet Hill. You will find a monument to the memory of a sailor murdered by three men on Gibbet Hill. The guilty men were hanged on Gibbet Hill, as a warning to other criminals.
- Ramster Gardens - near Chiddingfold
Postcode: GU8 4SN
This hidden treasure is so peaceful and beautiful. As Ramster Gardens are only open for a limited period each year, you don't have much time to discover these phenomenal gardens with their stunning collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.
- Brookwood Cemetery - near Woking
Postcode: GU24 0BL
Steeped in history and beautifully maintained, Brookwood Cemetery, is the largest cemetery in Britain. Take time to look at the war graves where you can reflect on all generations of lost servicemen and women from the great war to Afghanistan now.
- Watts Chapel - near Compton
Postcode: GU3 1DN
This amazing ornate handmade chapel is best seen as part of a visit to Watts Gallery. Be sure to discover for yourself the delights of this wonderful arts and craft cemetery chapel.
- Waverley Abbey - near Farnham
Postcode: GU9 0JA
There seems to be something rather magical about these ruins. There is plenty of signage around the site which explains the history. By the time you have circled the site, you will leave with a great appreciation for this historical site and the magical beauty that remains.
- Titsey Place - near Oxted
Postcode: RH8 0SD
This is an impressive manor house with beautiful gardens set in the stunning countryside of the North Downs which dates back to the mid-sixteenth century.
- The Union Workhouse (The Spike) - near Guildford
Postcode: GU1 3JH
A visit to The Spike will give you a vivid description of the reasons for the creation of workhouses and life for the poor unfortunates inside them. Experience for yourself the original waiting room, bathing, sleeping and working accommodation that the inmates endured.
- Silent Pool - near Guildford
Postcode: GU4 8RB
Nestled just below Newlands Corner off the A25 four miles east of Guildford, the Silent Pool which has links with ghostly legends is a spring fed lake. Take a walk around the Pool and enjoy the tranquillity. Whilst in the area, why not pop down to the Silent Pool Distillery and pick up a bottle of locally produced Gin.
- The Medicine Garden - near Cobham
Postcode: KT11 3LU
Located in tranquil surrounds on the outskirts of Cobham, this lovely walled garden is a wonderland of herbs and plants. With the benefit of having some lovely shops and a café on site serving coffee, lunch and afternoon tea
- Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway
Postcode: GU16 6HY
Open the first Sunday of each month between March and November, this narrow-gauge railway is run by enthusiasts and will give you great fun, value afternoon out.