Surrey, one of the Home Counties, varies greatly. In the north, much of the county is swallowed by suburban London, but it has miraculously succeeded in absorbing a dense commuter population without sacrificing its natural beauty. Within a short distance, wooded hills, open commons and heathland, sweep across the county. Picturesque villages remain unspoilt by their proximity to London.


It is easy to see the attraction of living here and has consequently resulted in some of the most expensive areas of housing in England, for example, St. George’s Hill, Weybridge, where stockbrokers, footballers, rock stars and film stars, have their homes.


Surrey does not have a coastline, but is fortunate to contain the lower reaches of the River Thames as it makes its way to London. The Thames has featured in art and literature through the ages. The famous English landscape painters, J.M.W. Turner and Sir Joshua Reynolds, both immortalised the view from Richmond Hill. Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, has a house at the top of the Hill. At Walton-on-Thames, the riverside pub, The Anglers, has changed little from when Jerome K. Jerome’s, ‘Three Men in a Boat’ and their dog visited it in 1888.


Surrey is known as “leafy Surrey” and has many open spaces of commons and heathland. There is excellent public access throughout the county which, to some extent, has been secured by public funding and the ownership by The National Trust. Wide panoramas and good walking country are available at Box Hill, Leith Hill, Ranmore Common and Newlands Corner.


The North Downs are chalk hills, which provide the ground for the ancient track of the Pilgrim’s Way, which starts at Winchester in Hampshire, enters Surrey at Farnham, leaves at the foot of Titsey Hill and carries on to Canterbury. The Downs height varies from 900 feet at Botley Hill in the east, to less than 500 feet on the Hogs Back, between Guildford and Farnham. The highest point in South-East England is Leith Hill, at 965 feet. Nestling amongst the Downs, are numerous enchanting villages, such as Shere, Abinger Hammer and Chiddingfold, all within easy access of the M25, London Orbital Motorway.

Places to visit in Surrey

St. Andrew's Church, from Lower Church Lane, Farnham

Farnham, Surrey

Farnham is a Georgian market town in Surrey, thirty eight miles from London, on the Surrey Hampshire border. A milestone in the Woolmead area of the town states the distance from London. At one time, the stone ...
May tree, The Mill at Elstead, Elstead

Elstead, Surrey

Elstead is a small village between Farnham and Godalming in Surrey, not far from the A3 London to Portsmouth main road. It is surrounded by woods, heathland and River Wey water meadows. Its buildings are situat...
Yew tree, Burford Spur, Box Hill

Box Hill, Surrey

Box Hill is on the North Downs and is easily accessible from the A24 main road, near Dorking in Surrey. Box Hill and West Humble railway station, which provides direct trains from London, is within a short walk...
Punch Bowl, Valley Gardens, Virginia Water

Virginia Water, Surrey

Virginia Water Lake is on the southern edge of Windsor Great Park and is six miles from Windsor town centre. It is easily reached from the M25 motorway and there is a large car park close to the A30 main road. ...
Cobham Mill, Cobham

Cobham, Surrey

Cobham is a large village, only seventeen miles from central London, but which has a charming rural atmosphere. It is situated just inside the M25 motorway, ten miles north-east of Guildford, on the River Mole....
St. James' Church, Shere

Shere, Surrey

Shere is a small picturesque village situated below the North Downs, six miles south-east of Guildford and approximately twenty miles from London. It is regarded by many as the prettiest village in Surrey and i...
The Old Post Office and Mission Cottage, Compton

Compton, Surrey

Compton is a small village of only one thousand inhabitants, three miles south-west of Guildford. The Pilgrims' Way lies just to the north of the village. It has retained much of its original charm, with thirty...
Gomshall Mill, Gomshall

Gomshall, Surrey

Gomshall is a small village close to the North Downs Way, situated on the A25 road between Dorking and Guildford. The River Tillingbourne flows through the village, including the most significant building in th...
The Anglers, River Thames, Walton-on-Thames

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

Walton-on-Thames is a riverside town with over 20,000 residents, situated between Sunbury Lock and Shepperton Lock, in the Borough of Elmbridge. It is only 15 miles from central London and has good communicatio...