Surrey is within easy traveling distance of London and offers a unique insight into the Home Counties and traditional England. In Guildford the Norman Castle and Guildhall are the main historic buildings in this beautiful town.
The county town of Guildford is the gateway to the North Downs with two good beauty spots and walking destinations which are Box Hill and Leith Hill. The eighteenth century house of Clandon Park is a popular attraction with its marble hall and baroque ceiling. On the Hampshire border and at nearby Chawton Jane Austen’s House attracts fans from all over the world. Many tours in the area are themed around Austen’s life and visit other notable sights in Hampshire.
One of the most famous buildings in Surrey is Hampton Court Palace which was given to Henry VIII by Cardinal Wolsey in 1514. The rooms and Royal Kitchen attract many visitors each year, and the gardens are set out in Tudor style with a famous maze.
For good walks there are trails along the Basingstoke Canal just south of Guildford and the Surrey Hills. Surrey is ideally located for both Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and many hotels in the area have special deals for overnight stays and parking.
The county of Surrey is known to be a commuter area for London but has stunning rural areas, small villages with historic buildings and good local pubs. Spend time to get to know this small compact county, enjoy a game of golf or take a horse ride into the hills. Walkers might enjoy a long distance path on the North Downs Way from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent.