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One of the best things about Surrey is its location - close to London for commuting or enjoying city life, but not far from the south coast if you fancy blowing off the cobwebs with a bit of sea air.
Surrey is landlocked and borders five other counties - Hampshire to the west, West Sussex to the south, Kent to the east, Greater London to the north east and Berkshire to the north west.
Although Surrey doesn’t have a city, it’s a county with a number or large vibrant towns that more than make up for it! The largest town is Guildford with a population in excess of 153,000 and Woking is the second largest with almost 100,000.
There are a number of other large and thriving towns that are great to explore and the county also has an array of stunning countryside, including the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which attracts walkers and tourists alike.
The Surrey Hills offers many great spots including Box Hill, Leith Hill, the Devil’s Punch Bowl and Newlands Corner to name a few. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and enjoy some stunning scenery, or you can go big and plan a whole day out there as there’s plenty to see and do that will interest the whole family.
There are many great caravan sites in Surrey. Google what’s available or use search sites such as Caravan Sitefinder, Campsites.co.uk or Pitchup.com. These are great as you can immediately select the dates you want and see what’s available, as well as add filters to include must-have features and discount things you don’t wish to encounter.
Fun facts about Surrey:
More than one-fifth of Surrey’s land area is covered by trees, making it England’s most densely-wooded county!
Surrey is home to a number of Bronze Age forts and burial mounds.
Leith Hill in Surrey is the highest point in south-east England - it’s actually higher than the Shard building in London!
Scenes from hit films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Holiday and Skyfall were all filmed in Surrey.
Surrey is home to many famous musicians, including Kenney Jones from the Who, Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen and guitar legend Eric Clapton. And - Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury is buried in Woking’s Brookwood Cemetery.
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Guildford is a pretty town and the high street is well worth a visit with its cobbled streets, selection of shops, pubs and restaurants and a street side market on Fridays and Saturdays. Just behind the shops is Guildford Castle, another must-see. The Castle grounds are free to visit and open all year round. The gardens, which have been awarded a Green Flag Award, feature unique spring and summer bedding displays, a pond, 17th century bowls green, Alice Garden, and a Victorian bandstand, where bands play every Sunday afternoon in the summer.
The Watts Gallery Artists Village offers an array of paintings and sculptures and the tea shop is a great place to grab a bite and reflect after your visit. Dapdune Wharf is another great day out and family friendly too. There are regular, organised walks and an abundance of wildlife to enjoy here. And for the grown ups - if you enjoy a glass of wine, you may like to give Greyfriars Vineyard a look. Planted in 1989 the vineyard has been producing great grapes and exceptional wines for 30 years - one of their sparkling wines has even won awards!
A historic market town, Godalming has much to offer its visitors. The many glorious outdoor attractions and spaces dominate the list of top things to do in Godalming and it’s home to some of the most stunning countryside in southern England. Winkworth Arboretum is looked after by the National Trust and is open 363 days a year with stunning botanical displays all year round. Autumn is a great time to visit as the ‘Autumn Colours’ are celebrated with organised walks and other activities.
Phillips Memorial Park offers a lovely river walk, conservation meadow and pond, the Godalming War Memorial, a skate park, children's playground, bowling club and a bandstand (run by the Godalming Town Council). Ramster Garden will provide a peaceful few hours enjoying the stunning 20-acre woodland garden, which is full of lovely fiery colours in autumn. There’s also a Christmas Market in December.
Farnham is ideal for fun-filled family days out! Birdworld, one of the largest bird parks in the country, is one of the top attractions in the area. Set in 26 acres of landscaped park and gardens, it is home to over 1,000 birds and 180 species from around the globe. There’s also a small farm, children’s play areas, picnic area, cafe and shop.
Alice Holt Forest has lots to offer too. With a large adventure playground, a range of trails and a number of Gruffalo sculptures, the kids will love it! It’s a great place to take your pet pooch and for the more active visitor, there’s cycle hire and a Go Ape Treetop experience!
For a bit of history, why not check out Farnham Castle, Waverley Abbey and the Museum of Farnham?
A pretty town in its own right, Dorking’s location, surrounded by the Surrey Hills, makes a visit here even more special. Many of the top attractions in Dorking are related to its location and visits to the iconic Box Hill and Leith Hill are a must. In addition to the numerous woodland, heathland and farmland trails to enjoy at Leith Hill, between April and October you can also explore Leith Hill Place, home to composer Ralph Vaughan Williams from 1874 to 1892, and Leith Tower, which offers spectacular views.
If you like a tipple or two you won’t be disappointed here as Denbies Wine Estate, The Gin Kitchen and Dorking Brewery are all close by. Denbies is one of England’s largest single estate vineyards, with 265 acres currently under vine and a production capacity of 1 million bottles. The Gin Kitchen is the ideal place to enjoy a tour, tasting or distilling experiences, bottomless brunch, cocktail masterclasses and even a bite to eat in the tapas restaurant. Dorking Brewery is a multi award-winning brewery that offers a range of beers, ales and lagers as well as tours every Saturday at 12.30pm and a number of other regular events.
Woking is a bustling and diverse town, offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in culture, enjoy the great outdoors or perhaps a spot of shopping! On the culture front, The Lightbox Art Gallery is an award-winning charitable arts and heritage organisation that prioritises the feel-good factor with their aim to improve community wellbeing. The gallery currently houses the Ingram, Joan Hurst and Heritage Collections. The New Victoria Theatre offers an array of shows throughout the year. It boasts state of the art facilities, excellent acoustics and clear sight lines so be sure to check out what shows are on during your time in Woking.
For a great shopping experience head for Victoria Place mall or if you’re hankering for the great outdoors, Lightwater Country Park is a great choice. Covering 59 hectares, the park is predominantly heathland, with some ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub, which are teaming with wildlife. The park also has walking trails, fishing, an adventure playground, café, tennis and football.
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