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.