Surrey is a county in heart of southern England that boasts picturesque market towns, sprawling areas of natural beauty and ancient heritage sites. Known for the quintessential Britishness of its small towns and villages, as well as its huge amount of restaurants, quaint cafes and country pubs, Surrey is a place that was meant to be explored, with numerous hidden gems tucked between its green rolling hills. The county - which is one of the most affluent in the UK - also neighbours London, making most towns just a short train ride from the capital.
Surrey stretches from the suburbs of London to the edges of the South Downs, so where you choose to stay will depend hugely on the reason for your visit. Those seeking a base from which to travel into London might wish to seek out corporate housing in Woking, Guildford or Epsom - all towns with excellent rail links. Alternatively, a luxury apartment in Dorking will give visitors ease of access to the Surrey Hills AONB. Wherever you choose to stay, opting to book into a serviced apartment means you not only get your own personal space, but the added flexibility of having a fully equipped kitchen facilities, as well as a host of other conveniences and mod cons, such as secure access, room cleaning, air conditioning and WiFi as standard.
Surrey’s sheer diversity mean that it offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do. Whether you prefer to spend your time perusing grand stately homes, hiking around castle ruins or enjoying a night out in a vibrant and modern town, the county has something to offer everyone - in fact many individual town’s offer all of the above and more besides.
For those that enjoy the outdoors, Surrey has numerous award-winning golf courses and a great many areas of natural beauty. The area known as the Surrey Hills offers stunning vistas and a myriad of walking routes, all of which are interspersed with fascinating heritage sites as well as rustic country pubs.
Larger towns such as Guildford, Woking and Epsom also offer a great selection of restaurants, bars and clubs for those seeking evening entertainment. Anyone wanting something more can also head into London, with most towns offering fast train services into the capital in as little as 25 minutes.
Surrey has some of the best restaurants and gastro pubs anywhere in the UK. The Frascati restaurant near Dorking has been popular with locals for decades, serving a range of Italian dishes, whilst Positano in Guildford is fine Italian dining in a stunning 16th century property. Also in Guildford is the Thai Terrace, which offers fine Asian dining with views over the town. Further afield is the Wotton Hatch, an upmarket gastro pub that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Woking and Guildford are amongst the best towns for shopping in Surrey. The former has a modern and bustling town centre, including Peacock Mall - featuring over 170 sores, whilst Guildford features two shopping streets, with numerous fashion, homeware and consumer goods stores. Dorking is also noteworthy for its antiques shops and independent stores, which mean the town offers a truly unique shopping experience.
Box Hill and Leith Hill offer fantastic walking routes that lead to beautiful views across the region. Box Hill also has several pubs and restaurants, offering a full day out to visitors. There’s also Denby’s vineyard nearby, offering tours and tastings in its exclusive restaurant. Those visiting with family will find Surrey is home to two of the UK's best theme parks - Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures.
Surrey has a comprehensive and reliable public transport infrastructure, with even the more remote areas linked by buses to nearby towns. Trains are mostly run by South West Trains and Southern, both of which offer express routes into london from Guildford, Woking and Leatherhead. The rural areas in Surrey often feature extensive cycleways - many of which were on the Olympic route and offer a fantastic way to get around whilst enjoying the scenery.
Surrey has numerous businesses based locally - ranging from global retail brands to automotive firms. Unilever, KBR and Logica all have large bases in Leatherhead, whilst insurance group Aviva has its local HQ in nearby Dorking. Woking is known as a centre for automotive engineering - with both Mclaren and Mercedes World being just outside the town centre.
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