Surrey Attractions

Surrey offers visitors a choice of local attractions in the county, visitors can choose from a range of interesting and charming places to discover. The county includes a number of historic houses, museums, parks, gardens, a number of historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Surrey’s location in south east England means the tranquil English countryside and the great outdoors are all within reach located close to local towns and villages with a range of things to see and do in the county.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Surrey, these include:

Clandon Park is a stately home that has been renovated and refurbished, it is located a few miles from Guildford and is open from April to October. It presents a rare example of Palladian architecture, the house boasts the stunning Marble Hall, one of the finest examples of its type in Europe. The gardens surround the house and are well maintained, the home can be hired for corporate functions and weddings etc. The house and its grounds display a fine collection of antiquities from all over the world, drawing influences from the UK and New Zealand among others.

Guildford Castle began as a Norman motte and bailey castle, built after 1066. It was the only royal castle in Surrey, thus became a centre for administration and justice. After its heyday the castle fell in to ruin and whilst attempts were made to convert the castle to a private residence, these were in vein. The castle was then turned in to a park. The castle is in a park meaning visitors can see the castle and enjoy picnic in the park, there are currently no eating facilities on site so it is best to get food from Guildford town centre that is only a short distance away.

The RHS Gardens Wisley, are the flagship gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society. Located in the small village of Wisley close to Woking in Surrey, the gardens are brimming with rare species, it is truly a gardener’s delight. The knowledgeable staff can help answer any questions visitors may have on gardening, Visitors can stroll around the gardens that cover some 9 acres and enjoy the delights that are on show.

The gardens include a number of varied and rare species that bloom during different times of the year ensuring the gardens offer something different in each season. Look out for the impressive Glasshouse; standing in excess of 40 feet; it has three climatic zones namely dry, moist and tropical and includes a world class plant collection with plants from around the world.

Facilities include the Plant Centre and Gift Shop; there is a restaurant and Conservatory Café serving a choice of hot and cold foods and drinks offering splendid views over the gardens.

The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park is set in ten acres of parkland in Farnham in Surrey covered with 200 carefully created sculptures which are for sale. The parkland has a water garden and there are three lakes in the vicinity, the tranquil yet dramatic scene awaits visitors in this park. The adjoining Frensham Common is home to some rare habitat that supports endangered plants and animals such as Woodlarks and Sand Lizards.

Denbies Wine Estate set in over 250 acres, it is among the largest privately owned vineyards in Europe. Located in Dorking, in the Surrey Hills, the estate overlooks Box Hill and offers tours throughout the year. Wine connoisseurs can enjoy the estate tours that include wine tasting and there is a choice of restaurants to dine in with great views to enjoy. There is a guesthouse and garden centre on site, the venue also caters for wedding, conferences and functions.

Brooklands Museum situated on the outskirts of the town. A great site known for being the birthplace of British motor sports, the track was built back in 1907, and for many years speed records were set here. Brooklands is also the famous site where the first plane in England was flown back in 1908, thus the museum has lots of historical information and exhibits on both motor racing and aviation. It is a must for motoring and aviation fans.

The site is also home to the London Bus Museum boasting the largest collection of working London buses in the world; visitors can see buses, coaches and ancillary vehicles stretching back over a century. The museum brings the sights, sounds and smells of the past back to life with exhibits organised in date order.

Hampton Court Palace. The palace thought by some as the best palace in the UK has stunning grounds and they take you along the river, creating a picture perfect image in the summer when many visitors flock to the palace. There are exhibitions so see and plenty to enjoy at the palace.

Richmond Park is set in nearly 2,500 acres and is the largest Royal Park in London providing home for over 600 deer. The landscape the park consists of is made up of woodlands, gardens, ponds and hills. The park offers a peaceful and quiet retreat for visitors. The Park is designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The park has a range of facilities that include a playground at Petersham Gate and educational facilities for those with special needs at Holly Lodge. Herds of red and fallow deer roam freely within the park and make for a great spectacle. The park represents an important refuge for many types of wildlife, including rabbits, stag beetles and other insects, numerous ancient trees, and many types of fungi. Having a picnic is popular here particularly on a lovely summer’s day where you can enjoy your surroundings to their fullest.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Surrey; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Surrey is a county that has plenty to offer visitors with a mix of charming towns and market villages including a number of picturesque locations in the Surrey countryside to enjoy in addition to the attractions in the urban centres. The county town of Guildford with its range of attractions along with a number of charming market towns and villages ensuring visitors can enjoy both the urban and rural when visiting the county.

The county includes a large number of historic attractions, museums, historic houses, parks, gardens and churches with some well known attractions including the Brooklands Museum and RHS Gardens, Wisley. Surrey’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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