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10 things you should not miss during your Surrey staycation

By Sara Hardy– 6th February 2021

I believe that staycations are going to be THE big thing this year. Whilst many of the more obvious places are already booked up, the UK has some incredible destinations a little further off the tourist trail that are guaranteed to bring a smile and enable you to create those amazing memories.

Surrey makes for a great staycation; not only do we have an unbelievable selection of accommodation from “oh so cool” glamping to “take your breath away” luxury; we also have many brilliant places to visit. I have handpicked 10 spectacular things you should not miss when you visit.

Sound good? Then read on!

  1. Check out our vineyards. Did you know that the Surrey Hills share the same geology as the Champagne region? Our home-grown bubbles are as good if not better than those from Champagne! A vineyard tour (by land train) around Denbies Wine Estate  followed by lunch over-looking the stunning vineyards are an absolute must if you’re planning a Surrey staycation. For sublime views and the most delectable wines, I can also highly recommend a visit to all of these exquisite vineyards; Albury, Chilworth Manor Vineyard, Godstone Vineyard, Greyfriars, High Clandon and Jenkyn Place.

 

  1. Check out our cosy pubs such as The Onslow ArmsThe Abinger Hatch and The Four Horseshoes. We even have our own a micro pub in Chobham, The Horse and Groom!

 

  1. Explore our fascinating National Trust properties; our favourites include Polesden Lacey and Claremont Landscape Gardens. The flagship RHS garden at Wisley is a Surrey must see and is breathtakingly beautiful all year round. It even features in the top 10% of tourist attractions in THE WORLD according to TripAdvisor!

 

  1. Delight in high end dining at one of our four Michelin starred restaurants; The Clock House in Ripley, Sorrel in Dorking, The Tudor Room at Great Fosters in Egham, and The Latymer at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot.

 

  1. Take a stroll through historic Guildford. A small and perfectly formed city bursting at the seams with atmosphere and charm. It boasts a castle, cathedral, beautiful cobbled streets, excellent shopping and a huge choice of individual and quirky eateries along the riverside.

 

  1. Let the kids go wild at any of our world class entertainment venues. LegolandThorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures are all within easy reach. Our family really enjoy the smaller local attractions such as Elm NurseryHobbledownBocketts FarmThe Lookout and The Magic Garden at Hampton Court.

 

  1. Soak up some history at the birthplace of British motorsport. Brooklands racetrack was the first purpose-built motor racing circuit in the world and the site of the first ever British Grand Prix in 1926. After the war, Brooklands became an aircraft design centre and parts of Concorde were designed here. Now it is the home of one of Surrey’s most interactive museums where you can even take a tour of one of the original Concordes. A visit to Brooklands Museum is thoroughly recommended.

 

  1. If you’re into motors, visit Mercedes Benz world in Weybridge which has an incredible display of its cars through the decades. With interactive driving activities for children it is a great place for any car enthusiast. If cars are your thing, you might be interested to know that McLaren cars are designed and made right here in Surrey too.

 

  1. With GoBoat Kingston you can charter your own electric boat and take a journey down the river. You can also take a cruise if you prefer not to take the helm yourself.

 

  1. Stroll around the Royal Parks; a morning stroll around the ornamental Savill Garden or spectacular Virginia Water Lake with its awe inspiring waterfall is the perfect way to unwind and refresh. At lunchtime, super cool Piccolino’s is not just the place to be seen, it’s a great place to take the kids to refuel with a mouth-watering pizza, and maybe something sparkling for the adults too.

 

Sara x

 

What do you think of this little taster? If Surrey is calling your name when restrictions ease, don’t delay and check out my other Surrey blogs including 48 hours in Surrey and 10 great ways to enjoy the outdoors in Surrey.

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