Things to do in Surrey

Surrey, nestled in the heart of South East England, is a county renowned for its picturesque landscapes, rich history, and vibrant communities. Bordered by London to the north, Kent to the east, East Sussex to the southeast, West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west and southwest, and Berkshire to the northwest, Surrey offers a unique blend of countryside charm and urban sophistication. Its rolling hills include the famed North Downs and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The county is steeped in history with roots stretching back to the Roman era. Today, Surrey is celebrated not only for its natural beauty but also for its contributions to literature and arts, being home to notable figures such as Lewis Carroll and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mix of quaint villages like Shere and bustling towns such as Guildford encapsulates a diverse cultural heritage that continues to thrive. From historic castles and manor houses to modern shopping centers and entertainment venues, Surrey offers an array of experiences for residents and visitors alike.

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  • Polesden Lacey: This stunning Edwardian estate nestled in the Surrey Hills offers breathtaking views, opulent rooms, and over 1,400 acres of gardens and grounds perfect for exploring. It’s a National Trust property that has something for everyone.
  • RHS Garden Wisley: One of the world’s great gardens, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens, and a state-of-the-art glasshouse.
  • Guildford Castle: Explore this historic castle’s beautiful grounds in Guildford town center. Climb to the top of The Great Tower for panoramic views across Guildford.
  • Brooklands Museum: Dive into the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation at this museum where you can see iconic Concorde or delve into racing history.
  • Thorpe Park: For thrill-seekers visiting Surrey, Thorpe Park offers some of Europe’s most extreme roller coasters alongside family-friendly attractions.
  • Denbies Wine Estate: Experience English wine production first-hand at one of Britain’s largest vineyards set against stunning scenery.
  • Hampton Court Palace: Discover Henry VIII’s majestic palace by exploring its grand rooms, haunting stories from Tudor times through interactive exhibits or wandering its famous maze.
  • Leith Hill Tower: Climb this Gothic tower – Southern England’s highest point – for unparalleled views over Surrey’s countryside towards London’s skyline on clear days.
  • Watts Chapel: A hidden gem near Guildford; this Arts & Crafts masterpiece was created by Mary Watts wife of Victorian painter GF Watts; it’s both an architectural marvel and a place of quiet reflection.
  • Box Hill: Ideal for hikers or those simply seeking stunning vistas; Box Hill provides sweeping views over Dorking Valley along with numerous walking trails amidst unspoiled nature.
  • Clandon Park: Although damaged by fire in 2015 Clandon Park remains an important site undergoing restoration; it showcases Palladian architecture amidst beautiful parklands still open to visitors who wish explore its history further through guided tours available on site . < li >< a h r e f = " https : / / www . painshill . co . uk " t arget = " _ b lank "> Painshill : Visit this 18th-century landscape garden near Cobham offering tranquil walks around its crystal-clear lake serpentine paths follies including Turkish Tent Crystal Grotto making it perfect spot relaxation inspiration .