The commuter town of Woking, in Surrey, is well served by rail and road networks and is popular with many who choose to live in the town and commute to their daily jobs in London. It is thought that the first settlement at Woking arose from the formation of a monastery in the 8th century, and the town is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1087.
The modern town features a comprehensive and very impressive shopping centre – The Peacocks – but is not without charm as there are older buildings still standing in the less populous parts of the town. Like many such towns, Woking grew in stature after the arrival of the railways some 150 years ago.
In latter years Woking has become famous as the home of the ultra successful McLaren Formula One team which took Lewis Hamilton, to the World Championship in 2008, and the McLaren Technology Centre, home of the team and other companies in the McLaren Group, is a stunning Norman Foster designed award winning facility that has already taken on an iconic status as one of the areas outstanding modern landmarks.
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB (0845) 260 9000
Considered to be the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley was gifted to the society in 1903 and covered some 60 acres. Today, it spans more than 240 acres, and is believed to be one of the world’s biggest gardens.
Highlights include model gardens, glasshouses and a conservatory café and restaurant.