A home county that has been attracting new residents for decades, Surrey is a wonderful part of England to discover. Its rolling downs and Arcadian landscapes grant a brief snapshot into Britain's elegant natural beauty, and its colourful towns exude charm, history and culture in equal measure. Surrey's close proximity to London make day trips manageable and stress-free and there are a host of options for visitors of all ages. Read on to find out some of the best ways to spend a day in Surrey.
Thrill seek in Thorpe Park
Adrenaline-lovers, fun-seekers, children, teenagers and parents - for an all-round family experience in Surrey, it's hard to beat Thorpe Park. Home to the UK's fastest rollercoaster Stealth, this famous theme park opened in 1979 and ever since, it has been entrancing, delighting and entertaining its customers with a variety of rides. There are eye-watering thrill coasters, gentle fairground attractions, haunted houses, escape rooms and more, and a day can easily be whiled away wandering from park zone to park zone.
Head for the Surrey Hills
There are few places in southern England that offer up the same idyllic scenery as the Surrey Hills. Sweeping panoramic hillsides dip and rise to create gorgeous valley vistas, while deep forests swallow babbling and winding rivers. All of this combined gave Surrey Hills the coveted title of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which, as one might imagine, makes it an excellent place for a day spent walking. Some memorable spots to visit include the regal Gatton Park, the intriguing mills of Tillingbourne and the endlessly charming mini woodland houses of Limpsfield Common.
Explore British motoring history at Brooklands Museum
For something different, set out to explore the fantastic vehicular and engineering legacy of Great Britain with a visit to Surrey's Brooklands Museum. A wealth of fascinating vehicles sits in the collection here, with bomber planes, racing cars, motorbikes and biplanes all taking their place in this shrine for the motorheads of the world. Kids will love to get up close and personal with the exhibits, while adults with perhaps more of an appreciation for the finer side of motor engineering will marvel at the sheer scale of the collection. This is also the only museum in the world with an explorable Concorde jet.
Discover the colours of Winkworth Arboretum
Another choice destination for the nature lovers out there, the National Trust's Winkworth Arboretum is a kaleidoscopic haven for all manner of tree life. Pinks, reds, greens, purples and golds all appear in this area courtesy of countless species of different plants, with every season bringing a different outfit to Winkworth Arboretum's 230 acres of woodland. It's hard to pick the best season to visit, but autumn has to be a strong contender, with its spectacular warm hues and pleasant climate for walking.
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