Surrey

Surrey in the south of England is an easily accessible county, particularly for those in living in London. There are numerous attractions including stately homes and gardens, the open spaces of the North Downs and two large theme parks at Chessington and Thorpe Park for those seeking excitement and thrills.

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Surrey Overview

Welcome to Surrey

The home county of Surrey is a landlocked and surrounded by the counties of Kent, Berkshire, East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Greater London.

Surrey has a population of around 1,200,000 people. The county town is Guildford, with other large towns at Woking, Walton-on-Thames, Ewell and Esher.

The North Downs are a prominent feature of the Surrey landscape, a county with a number of beauty spots, rural locations and wooded environments – Box Hill is the oldest untouched area of woodland in the UK.


History

Runnymede near Egham is famous for being the site where King John signed Magna Carta in the 13th century to bring to an end the hostilities with feuding barons. Wealth was created in the county through the wool and textile manufacturing industries.

The later 19th century saw Surrey become an important centre for the Arts & Craft movement, the county’s architecture having a significant influence not only in Britain but around the world. Industry, in the shape of paper and gunpowder manufacturing declined towards during the 19th century, though the county become a hub for engineering and the manufacture of aircraft.


Places to Visit in Surrey

Surrey has a fantastic choice of great of days out for all the family. Head for Chessington World of Adventures for an adrenalin hit of rides and rollercoasters or to get up close with the animals at the zoo or sea life centre. Looking for more thrills? – then take a visit to Thorpe Park for more rides, rollercoasters and entertainment – it’s a scream! The Royal Botanic at Kew are a world famous attraction. The largest UNSECO site in London offers you the chance to explore the gardens and glasshouses surrounded by spectacular architecture. Speed enthusiasts will love Brooklands Museum – birthplace of British motorsport and aviation – home of the Concorde idea where you can enjoy the historic motor vehicles, motor cycles and flying machines. Or Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands.

If you are looking to discover the history of Surrey there are numerous attractions to visit including Leith Tower, an 18th century tower atop the highest hill in South England that provides stunning views. Dapdune Wharf is the oldest waterway in Surrey and has a visitor centre to explore, complete with barge, smithy and stables.
Surrey has a number of stately homes and glorious gardens open to the public. Titsey Hall stands on the fringes of the North Downs where visitors can tour the house, explore the walled garden and a 200 acre beech plantation. Hatchlands Park is an 18th century mansion which houses a collection of unusual keyboard instruments – the Cobbe Collection, outside there are landscaped and formal gardens. Other houses in the county include Clandon Park, Loseley Park and Polesden Place. Gardens lovers will enjoy Painshill Park – a magnificent park including a water wheel, cascade, Roman arch and abbey ruins. Winkworth Arboretum is a spectacular woodland garden with two lakes, woodland walks and over 1000 species of plants providing a show of colour all year round. Surrey is also home to Savill Gardens, Runnymede meadows – including a 2000 year old yew tree, the colourful Ramster Hall Gardens, Claremont and the Arts & Crafts garden at Great Fosters. The sculpture park at Churt has 600 exhibits which can be bought.

Looking for some retail therapy? Then take a visit to some of Surrey’s historic towns – Guildford, Farnham, Reigate – to enjoy pleasant surroundings and boutique outlets. Both Woking and Staines-on-Thames have two shopping centres each with a range of high street names. If you are looking for antiques then head to Godalming for a browse.

Surrey’s famous names include Laurence Olivier, actress Julie Andrews, engineer and inventor Clive Sinclair, actor Colin Firth and England rugby union World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson.

Surrey has a large range of annual events including Frimley Lodge Live, Weyfest, the Guildford book Festival, the Farnham Food Festival and Wings & Wheels.

From a sporting perspective, visitors can enjoy golf at Wentworth, horse racing at Epsom, Sandown Park, Kempton and Lingfield, whilst Surrey county cricket club is a first class team and there are volleyball, rowing and basketball teams in the county which is also home to the McLaren F1 team.


Getting There

Surrey is easily accessible by road, being well served by the M3 and A3 which are both connected to the M25.

The county is well served by train with frequent trains on the mainline from London Waterloo and a host of regional services.

Visitors from further afield can use the airports at Heathrow and Gatwick.



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