Surrey is a county in South East England with borders meeting Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire and Greater London. This makes Surrey an accessible place to travel from many places in the South of England; great, given how many beautiful places to visit and things to do there are in Surrey. Frequent trains depart from London Waterloo taking only 30 minutes to reach many parts of Surrey.
If you’re planning a trip to England and are wondering what Surrey offers, think green, think quaint countryside villages and think quintessential England. Surrey is home to many protected green, nature spaces making it the perfect place for a day trip or a weekend in the outdoors. It’s no wonder many of the best hikes in England are located here.
There are so many beautiful places to visit in Surrey, including towns such as Guildford and cute villages such as Shere and Abinger Hammer. Whether you pack your bags and go for a camping weekend in the Surrey Hills, hiking in the North Downs, or for a stroll around Windsor Great Park, you’re going to love Surrey.
If you’re looking for the ultimate UK staycation, Surrey is definitely somewhere you should consider visiting. With so many places to visit and things to do, and it being well-located with good access to the south coast and to London, it’s great for a UK day trip or a UK weekend away. See my bucket list of magical Airbnb stays in the UK here.
The best things to do and places to visit in Surrey, England…
1. Go to one of England’s best firework displays, Brockham Bonfire, for Guy Fawkes’ Night.
Unfortunately cancelled for 2020 due to coronavirus, but plans are already in place for November 2021! Expect huge firework displays, a guy on the bonfire, and fancy dress processions at this annual event which dates back over 140 years. Find out more on the website here.
2. Look out for deer as you walk around Windsor Great Park.
This 5,000 acre plot is home to around 500 red deer. Check out my guide to Windsor here.
3. Go camping in Surrey Hills AONB.
Book a pitch, grab your tent and anything else that is on your camping packing list, and get up close and personal with nature for a weekend! Check out my weekend camping in Surrey Hills here.
4. Hike up Leith Hill, the highest peak in southeast England.
You can choose the 10km hike from Holmwood Station up to the peak of Leith Hill, or you can drive up and do the 1.5km circular route around the top. Both options are relatively easy walks, they just differ in length!
5. Marvel at Guildford Cathedral and then head into Guildford for lunch and shopping.
6. Visit the fairytale-like Silent Pool in the North Downs.
This spring-fed lake is a beautiful turquoise colour when it’s not dried up – try to go after there’s been rainfall. Car park: GU5 9BW
7. Cycle the perimeter of Virginia Water.
Don’t miss the views of the cascade waterfall as you complete the 5km loop.
Tip: Just across the road from the car park is Piccolino’s restaurant. A gorgeous place to have a seafood lunch and cocktails after your workout!
8. Go open-water swimming at Divers Cove in Godstone.
The water is crystal clear, even if it’s a bit chilly (you’ll need a wetsuit). Find out more on the website here.
9. Take in the many shades of lilac and purple at Mayfield’s Lavender Fields.
The lavender farm is open to visitors in July and August. Find out more here.
10. Take a walk along the River Thames.
London is not the only place to enjoy the Thames! Take a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of sunshine. Part of the Thames National Paths runs between Staines and Richmond, but there are also lots of open spaces and river paths to explore too. The Thames can also be used for boating, canoeing and kayaking!
11. Take a picnic to Frensham Ponds and then try one of the many walking trails in the area.
12. Explore Box Hill, the largest area of natural woodland in England.
13. Take in the panoramic views from Newland’s Corner.
With the best views over the Surrey Hills, this area has plenty of space for walking, picnicking and adventuring. Postcode: GU4 8SE
14. Be a film buff, visiting sets from The Mummy, The Holiday and Wonder Woman.
- The cottage in The Holiday was inspired by Honeysuckle Cottage in Holmbury St Mary
- Parts of The Mummy were filmed at Frensham Ponds
- Bourne Wood was the set for some of the forest scenes in Wonder Woman
15. Enjoy the views at you walk on the ‘inspiring views circular route’ through the Surrey Hills AONB.
Find out more about the art, sculptures and poetry you’ll see on the 9.5km route here.
16. Spend a weekend in a cute cottage in Surrey and enjoy afternoon tea in a cute village.
17. Visit the famous Devil’s Punch Bowl in Hindhead Commons.
Shady woodland, open heathland and stunning views make for a lovely day out in the countryside. The views from the Punch Bowl and across the commons are second to none, and there is an abundance of walking trails in the area too. Postcode: GU26 6AB
Have you been to Surrey?
Where are your favourite places to visit in Surrey? I’d love to know!
Love as always and happy adventuring,
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