The home county’s bustling towns and have plenty of contemporary appeal, but traces of its fascinating past remain. Stroll through quaint villages, explore magnificent country houses or touch up on your history at one of Surrey's many museums. It's allure is not confined to its historical assets: with sweeping fields, thriving woodland and lush hills, it's hard to believe that the county sits on London's doorstep. 

When to go

Visit during the summer months to make the most of Surrey's bountiful supply of countryside trails. Winter can be chilly, but the weather provides a great opportunity to cosy up in country pubs and explore Surrey's many shops.  

Food & Drink

Surrey’s close proximity to the capital means that the county's culinary scene is brimming with variety and cosmopolitan flair. For a romantic dinner, Stovell’s 16th-century farmhouse is a must-try: tuck into rustic dishes under beamed ceilings. Elsewhere, award-winning India Dining dishes up delicious meals using only the freshest local produce.

Not to miss

Practice your royal wave from the balconies of Hampton Court Palace, before losing yourself in its famous maze and gardens. 

Nightlife

For quirky cocktails, try The Botanist, which puts on a show with its wonderland-esque decor. During the summer months, the bar's secret garden is ideal for basking in the sun with a mojito (or two!). If you fancy something more traditional, head to the Winterton Arms, where you can sip on delicious gins alongside classic British gastropub dishes. 

Where to stay in Surrey

Chiddingfold is a hiker's paradise, with an abundant supply of hilly countryside trails surrounding its cosy inns and boutique hotels. Elsewhere, Haslemere is a lively town filled with independent shops, luxury hideaways and culinary retreats.

How to get there

Surrey is only an hour's journey from London by train from London Victoria or Waterloo stations. If arriving by plane, London Gatwick and Heathrow serve flights to domestic and international destinations. 

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