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Things To Do in Surrey, England

Updated on September 20, 2014

The Wonderful County of Surrey

Things to do, places to go, sights to see, the county of Surrey has it all.

Its rolling hills, woods, pretty and historical towns and villages, make Surrey a wonderful place to live or visit.

Criss-crossed with miles of footpaths, bridleways, and country lanes, Surrey is ideal for walking, cycling, driving, horse riding or just wandering.

From ancient buildings to quaint country pubs, there's lots to see. And Surrey has hundreds of attractions for families and kids, and thousands of events taking place every week. Large and small events occur regularly in every town and village and cater for all possible interests from disco parties to car boot sales, from theatre shows to gardening clubs, from martial arts to amateur dramatics ...

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Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

Henry VIII's Historic Masterpiece

This is the oldest Tudor palace in England and known to be one of King Henry VIII's favourites.

This magnificent palace, built in 1540, with its beautifully designed and well kept gardens sits on the River Thames by Hampton Court Bridge and is open to the public all year round.

Attractions include the famous Maze, Tudor kitchens, Real Tennis court, Banqueting House, and State Apartments where costumed guides bring history to life.

For full details, click this link to go to the Hampton Court Website

Visitors can also see the private apartments and gardens last occupied in the 1700s by the Kings William and George.

The Palace offers a wide range of fun activities for kids and tours for all the family, with quizzes, activities, facts and illustrations. The free family trails for different age groups are the perfect way to explore Hampton Court Palace.

Thorpe Park, Chertsey.

Go get the ride of your life!

Claimed to be Britain's Thrill Capital!

Thorpe Park has over 30 amazing adrenaline fueled rides.

A brand new ride for 2012 intriguingly named The SWARM. The UK's first winged roller-coaster, THE SWARM takes you on a death defying flight through apocalyptic devastation! Scary!

All the other rides have names like Saw, Stealth, Nemesis Inferno, Colossus, Tidal Wave, Rush, Samurai, Slammer, etc., how could you not be terrified.

To see pictures and get all the info you need visit the website www.thorpepark.com

Thorpe Park has facilities for families and there are rides for younger children, but according to some reviews, most rides are more suitable for kids of 10-12 upwards. The park is closed over winter but re-opens on 15th March 2012.

Polesden Lacey, Nr Dorking - Historic Country House

Polesden Lacey sits on the North Downs overlooking some magnificent views of the Surrey countryside. This historic house lies in a 1400 acre estate and boasts a 30 acre Edwardian garden with 10 acres of terraced lawns, flower beds and a walled rose garden.

Maps are available for a variety of set walks around the estate.

The present house was completely rebuilt in the mid 1600s but the 'Polesden' land dates back to the 12th century and there has been a house here since medieval times. The house was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1942 and since then has been open to the public.

For more information visit: National Trust: Polesden Lacey

This Regency house was extensively remodelled in 1906 by the Hon. Mrs Ronald Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess. Her collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver is displayed in the reception rooms and galleries, as it was at the time of her celebrated house parties.

Facilities include a restaurant, coffee shop, local arts shop, pay and display parking, baby changing and feeding facilities and children's play area. Also available: Kid's quiz/trail. Family activity packs. Tracker Packs.

A fun day out for all the family.

Chessington World of Adventures

Between Kingston and Epsom

Britain's Wildest Adventure

This is a place you, the kids, the whole family will want to go again and again! That's why, on top of normal day tickets, they offer Annual Passes! Pay once, go whenever you feel like it.

Chessington World of Adventures is exactly "what it says on the tin"! There are 9 Themed Lands to visit with names like "Forbidden Kingdom", "Land of Dragons", "Pirates Cove", etc. Exciting, or what?

These "Lands" offer all sorts of rides from the downright SCARY to the gentler merry-go-rounds to suit all ages and tastes (and stomachs!)

Then there's the Zoo where you can see all manner of animals from Kings of the Jungle like Lions, Tigers and Leopards through to Zebra, Meerkats, Ostriches and Mongooses. Venture inside the Creepy Caves to see Lizards and Snakes or wander through the Monkey & Bird Garden. In Penguin Cove you can also see otters and Reindeer and for the younger kids (pardon the pun) you can get up close and personal with Goats, Sheep, Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks and Guinea Pigs. Phew!

And after all that there's still the Sea Life Centre.

For complete details of opening times, ticket prices, facilities, groups, school visits, birthday parties, and much, much more, go to www.chessington.com

Leith Hill, Dorking

Highest Point in Surrey

Picture from Wikipedia - Leith Hill

Belonging to the National Trust since 1923 and surrounded by woodland this 18th century Gothic Tower was built, so it is said, to raise the Hill above 1,000 feet above sea level.

Visit website for more information:National Trust

A spiral staircase takes visitors to the top of the tower, which gives views up to 25 miles to London in the north and to the English Channel in the south, across 13 counties.

Leith Hill Tower is a popular tourist attraction for families and walkers. There are three circular waymarked nature trails from the Tower itself and the surrounding area is crossed with an abundance of footpaths and bridleways; a walkers paradise.

The Tower is open to the public all year round at weekends and certain other days in summer (see website). Child entry includes panoramic leaflet/quiz, pencil and telescope token. Refreshments are available. A perfect day out for all the family!

Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

So much to see and do

A Must for Every Car, Bike, Bus and Plane Enthusiast!

Brooklands was the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit. Constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907, Brooklands was more than a great sporting arena, it was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation. Today it is a museum ... a museum with a difference!

The Brooklands Museum holds a wide range of exhibits related to engineering and technological achievements in motoring and aviation. Visitors can see historic racing cars, motorcycles, bicycles, First and Second World War aeroplanes , London buses and the only Concorde with public access in South East England.

Brooklands is open to the public every day throughout the year and stages hundreds of events to suit many related interests. Lots to do for families and kids.

Full details are available on the website: www.brooklandsmuseum.com

The picture above appeared in the Daily Telegraph (read the report) in December 2009. It shows the scene outside Brooklands Museum at the annual New Year's Day Gathering, which takes place every January 1st. Owners of pre-1973 cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles are invited to take part and display their historic classic vehicles in the Paddock outside the museum.

The organisers are never quite sure what might turn up, but it's not unknown for a slice of bygone military hardware to nestle among veteran cars and 1960s bikes.

Incorporated in the Brooklands Museum is the London Bus Museum.

Housed in Cobham Hall this under-cover collection consists of some 40 double-decker and single-decker buses and coaches and service vehicles from the 1920s, 30s and 40s and includes three horse drawn buses from the late 1800s.

Pictures from: www.londonbusmuseum.com

Every April since 1974, the Museum has organised a show and rally of historic buses; over the years this has grown into the South East's biggest bus event - a massive event which is much more than just a static display - it's also a chance to ride on classic buses in service for the day ... or even drive a London bus!

In 2012 the event takes place at Wisley Airfield in Surrey on Sunday 29th April and up to 300 classic buses, coaches and commercial vehicles will be on display, including this horse bus from around 1890, which will be offering rides. Picture © Michael Wickham.

Where else can you ride on a horse-bus or drive a London bus? Click Here for Details

Countryside Walks in Surrey

A Paradise for Walkers, Ramblers, Cyclists, Horseriders ...

Surrey offers some of South East England's most beautiful and accessible countryside. Rolling hills and secluded woodland open up to many famous beauty spots including Box Hill, Leith Hill, and the Devil's Punch Bowl. The whole county is covered by a vast network of ancient footpaths, bridleways and tracks much loved by walkers, ramblers, cyclists and horseriders.

As you explore, you will also discover open commons, heathland, streams, charming meadows, breathtaking views, attractive market towns and villages and much more.

The North Downs Way National Trail passes through Surrey and into Kent, offering walkers 153 miles of spectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious rolling countryside. The route benefits from a wealth of wildlife, history, landscapes, attractions, villages and towns to explore. Short sections are open to horseriders and cyclists too.

Another well known route, The Greensand Way, follows the ridge of greensand rock across Surrey and Kent. The Way takes its name from the layers of sandstone in each of which is found the green coloured mineral glauconite. The greensand ridge runs broadly parallel to, and south of, the North Downs ridge.

A great deal of useful information about walking in Surrey can be found at: www.surreyhills.org

Books on Walking in Surrey

Here are just three of the many books of countryside walks in Surrey.

The walks covered can be short, medium or long and may or may not include a visit to a quiet country pub or old fashioned tea shop.

Each walk is usually described in detail alongside an easy-to-understand map. These books are ideal for walkers of any level of experience, and are light enough to carry for constant reference.

I have used many of them myself and found them invaluable.

More Walk Books Here:

To see an extensive range of Surrey walking books and maps available from Amazon.co.uk click this link. Surrey Walks and Maps

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Surrey has so much to offer not only to visitors but also to the people who live there. This hub will never be complete, but there's more coming soon.

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      yogendrachavda 4 years ago

      this lens is my 900th lens which i liked :D

      great lens BobblackUk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh yes, I know Surrey. Born there, educated there and I visit my home town very often. Although not born there, my son has moved to my home town so I enjoy many a wonderful visit :)

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      BestBuys4Baby 5 years ago

      I was brought up on the Hampshire/Surrey border, it really is a lovely county. I took my little boy to Priory farm, and we really loved it.

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      BobBlackUK 5 years ago

      @TonyPayne: Thanks for the Blessing, Tony. I lived in Surrey for 40 years from 1962 (Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon), 1966 (Morden), 1978-2002 (Banstead). I walked the Surrey Hills every Sunday for years and know all the places you mention well. I'm settled in Basingstoke now but I still yearn for the wonderful walks in Surrey. Hampshire doesn't have the same freedom of footpaths, tracks and bridleways that Surrey has. Thanks for the recommendations. I must get on and add a lot more content to the lens.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I lived in Morden, just outside Wimbledon for 5 years. There is so much to do in Surrey. For walks I highly recommend Wimbledon Common and Claremont Common near Esher. Chessington and Thorpe Park are excellent for a day out, as is Hampton Court and nearby Bushey Park and Richmond Park. I also recommend Saville Gardens, Valley Gardens and Virginia Water if you like walking. Great job, I haven't been back there in almost 20 years, think we need to make a trip this Spring/Summer. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Lovely descriptions! My son-in-law is from Surrey and I am hoping to travel there with them to see his 'Mum". Can't wait as it looks lovely!

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      GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      I hope one day I am able to visit - especially after reading this lens and seeing all that there is to do there and how beautiful it is!! Just lovely!