Places To Visit in Surrey UK
self-catering in Surrey
For UK Tourists, London is
by far the Number 1 destination for most.
However the ever so tranquil
county of Surrey is located only 8 miles from Trafalgar Square, London's
Surrey is in the South East
direction from London, and known as a Home County, Kent is to the East
of Surrey, with Sussex in the South and Hampshire and Berkshire to the
West of Surrey.
|Surrey has been an important
county for over a Millennium. Before William the Conqueror invaded from
France and took control of England, AngloSaxon English Kings used to be
crowned King in Surrey at Kingston-upon-Thames.
Further upstream along the
River Thames is the famous Runnymede site in Surrey where King John
signed the Magna Carta - the world's first constitution.
A memorial has been erected
there to commemorate this historic landmark occasion.
In more recent times
Court Palace was a real favourite with King Henry VIII - the creator
of The Church of England by King's Own Divine Right to do so.
He took full advantage of
the Thames and hunting wild Boar in the 16th Century while at Hampton Palace
with his Royal Court when he was unaccompanied by his numerous wives -
serial monogamy they call it now - an would that also be by the King's
Divine Right (discuss!).
Surrey is not one of the
largest counties and still keeps its' rural countryside nature with narrow
lanes and lovely country pubs full of real life characters, very different
from the neighbouring Capital City.
|There are of course plenty
of historic attractions for you to consider adding to your Must See List.
example Loseley Park in Guildford, Guildford Cathedral,
not far from Richmond, Clandon Park also in Guildford,
Park in Cobham, Claremont Gardens
in Esher, or
in Dorking, Great Fosters in Egham, Ham House and Kew
Palace, Farnham Castle to name just a few.
Surrey, the birth place of
Cricket, is also home to some very popular touristy attractions that your
children will absolutely love ie. Thorpe Park, Chessington World
of Adventures and of course Birdworld.
Many of the towns in Surrey
are also must visit destinations in their own right.
is the biggest town in Surrey County with it's cobble stoned High Street
and it's twisting little lanes.
Guildford Castle has a large
stone tower keep and you will find on the first floor a reception chamber
with a permanent exhibition.
The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
plays many West End Shows after they finish their London runs, and we must
mention that Guildford Cathedral is home to the Guildford Philharmonic
From Guildford you can amply
explore picturesque villages close by such as Ripley, Compton, Chilworth
and Albury in South West Surrey.
One of Surrey's loveliest
villages is Farnham with its beautiful Georgian Times architecture and
Farnham Castle was where many medieval Monarchs reigned supremely
from with their often brutal "Olde World Ways".
Godalming has many ancient
buildings whereas Dorking and Leatherhead in the Surrey Hills boast a range
of restaurants, cafes and bars. Dorking will definitely give you a chance
to spend your wealth in some of its' excellent Antique Shops.
Come & Visit Surrey Soon.
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Guildford by Sarah Todd
self-catering in Surrey
I first visited Guildford
in 1988, and have been back at least eight times since then, so I know
the town pretty well. I've done all the touristy things, and have friends
who have lived in the area for around forty years... so I'd like to invite
you to accompany me on a tour of Guildford.
in the county of Surrey south of London, it is believed the town is almost
2,000 years old. The first part of the name means "gold", but it is believed
to refer to the golden sand of the River Wey, a tributary of the River
Thames which winds its way to Guildford. Another thought is that it might
refer to the golden flowers fringing the river's banks, but neither story
has been proved. Still, they do both conjure up some romantic images! Although
the name does not refer to the precious mineral, in the tenth century Guildford
became a location for the Royal Mint, the place where the country's coinage
is produced. It's no longer there - three centuries later it was moved
to The Tower of London.
|One of Guildford's most
famous sites is Guildford Castle, which dates back to the eleventh century.
At the time Guildford was the only town in Surrey, so the castle was probably
used as a resting place by the king during his travels. Today what remains
of Guildford Castle has been turned into a museum, and visitors can access
the castle's tower via a stone staircase, where they are afforded a wonderful
view of the castle grounds and surrounding farm fields.
On Stag Hill, just outside
the town, is Guildford Cathedral, a rather imposing brick building. It's
very modern; construction began before the Second World War and it was
eventually completed in the early 1950s. I'm afraid my thoughts when I
first saw it was that it looks more like a hospital building than a cathedral,
but then it is supposed to be modern, not traditional. The original "Omen"
film used Guildford Cathedral to film the church scenes in the film's climax.
The golden weather vane the filmmakers constructed especially for the film
proved so popular with the congregation they asked the producers to leave
it there after shooting was completed!
Although the town centre
is a lively, busy place Guildford's history is clearly evident. High Street
has a very steep slope, so walking up it can be a bit tiring - even for
a very fit person! The street is cobbled, the surface bubbled with worn
ATM machines and banks line
High Street, together with an eclectic selection of some of Europe's most
well known commercial businesses and department stores. There are also
many small alleyways branching off from High Street, and walking down them
is an interesting experience. There are small shops with wonderfully decorated
windows, and dress shops mingle with cafés, shoe shops, jewellery
and herbal stores
A modern shopping complex
called The Friary is located at the bottom of High Street. Architecturally
it blends well with the older buildings, so that the vast amount of glass
used in the roof and windows to give shoppers a feeling of "openness" is
not glaringly obvious. Twice a week a market full of books, fresh flowers,
fruit and vegetables trades in the open air in front of several associated
shops, including a bakery and butchery. There's also a big farming community
in Surrey, so Guildford is a market town, and on the first Tuesday of every
month the farmers' market is open to the public.
|There are many different
nightclubs, pubs and restaurants in Guildford. I've been to several pubs
in and around Guildford, and my favourite is "The White Lyon", which serves
real ale - beer brewed using natural ingredients. I'm not a beer drinker,
apart from a slight affection for Guinness, but I do enjoy traditional
pub lunches. My favourite is "bangers and mash", which is sausages and
mashed potato covered with gravy. My friend Helen lives opposite the Woodridge
Road cricket ground - fortunately she likes cricket, so the occasional
shouts of "Howzat!" and the crack of the cricket ball meeting the willow
bat doesn't bother her. Surrey's Country Cricket club is the venue for
several matches every season between Surrey's different cricket clubs -
cricket is a popular sport in England!
Another famous historical
property is Sutton Place, which was once the home of the billionaire John
Paul Getty. The house has had many famous owners since it was built in
the early 16th century. I remember reading Dinah Lampitt's wonderful series
of books about the characters with connections to this place, including
Henry VIII's wives Jane Seymour and Ann Boleyn - they are excellent books.
Sutton Place contains an
ornamental pomegranate that was once owned by another of Henry's wives,
Catherine of Aragon, as well as the bloodstained ruff of Saint Thomas More.
He was the man who first wrote about Utopia, and he was beheaded by Henry
when he refused to accept the King's claim to be the head of the Church
Just outside Guildford lies
Clandon Park estate. At the centre of the park is a magnificent house,
home to the Onslow family since it was built in 1730. The estate includes
one of the quaintest villages I've ever seen. Clandon Village's stone houses
are linked by narrow winding roads, fringed with graceful, gently swaying
trees. A variety of pheasant, rabbit, foxes and deer live on the grounds.
When I was there in January 2007 I bought some delicious bacon and ham
produced on the farm. Pork is not available in Turkey, so this was a great
treat for us! And still is... when I got back to Izmir I packed and froze
the bacon and ham. It's our treat for weekend breakfasts, and it is probably
the best bacon I have ever eaten.
I find it incredible that
Guildford has managed to retain so much of its charm in a world that sometimes
doesn't take the time to appreciate heritage, and the history behind so
many of our places. Every time I return to Guildford I learn something
new, and yet the town doesn't seem to change. I feel like I'm visiting
an old, treasured place when I go to Guildford. It's a town that is growing,
but so far it has managed to handle its expansion without compromising
its history. That's not an easy thing to do, and I for one hope this trend
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