Explore Surrey

At Visit Surrey, we are keen for everyone to enjoy the glorious Surrey countryside in a safe and responsible way. The county of Surrey extends from Greater London in the north to the Sussex and Hampshire borders in the south, with Kent in the east and Berkshire in the west.


With rolling countryside and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Surrey is on the doorstep of London and the perfect place to unwind. If you are exploring Surrey by foot, please stick to the public Right of Way paths and respect, protect and enjoy our beautiful countryside by following the Countryside Code.  

Scenic Highlights

Surrey is a county waiting to be explored, full of history and heritage, and glorious gardens  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 so many counties from its summit.

History & Heritage

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. 


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.

The charming town of Farnham, located in South West Surrey is known for its Georgian streets, historic buildings and craft heritage.  Take time to explore the Castle Keep, the magnificent park as well as the quaint streets and alleyways.

Godalming was the first town in the world to have a public electricity supply and is known for the Pepperpot located in the beautiful High Street.

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.

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, 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. 

Why not use the itinerary planner tool and build your own favourite day out?  The ITINERARY PLANNER tool (found at the top of each page) enables you to select any number of tourism products or attractions and add them to a 'virtual' itinerary.  This itinerary can be viewed at any point as you browse around our website and shows the locations of each establishment plotted directly onto a dynamic map. The itinerary includes summaries of the included attractions as well as providing road directions and distances so that you can get an idea of how far each location is from one another.

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