What to You Must See in Surrey UK

By: Devinder Patel
There are many splendid locations in South East England for you to visit near London, on your next UK Trip.

However the ever so tranquil county of Surrey is located only 8 miles from Trafalgar Square, London's thronging centre.

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.

Hampton Court Palace was King Henry VIII Number One favourite Summer residence. He was also famous for creating The Church Of England and becoming its' figure head by DIVINE RIGHT of course, so that he could legally get divorced from his first Queen (Catherine of Aragon). He was of course pronounced a Heretic by the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican in Rome.

Just as Windsor Palace is Her Majesty The Queen's favourite place, so it was in the 16th Century that King Henry chose Hampton Palace as his Summer residence. Besides falconry and wrestling, his favourite sport was Wild Boar Hunting!).

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.

For example Loseley Park in Guildford, Guildford Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace not far from Richmond, Clandon Park also in Guildford, Painshill Park in Cobham, Claremont Gardens in Esher, or Polesden Lacy 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.

Guildford is the biggest town in Surrey County with it's cobble stoned High Street and it's twisting little lanes.

We recommend you pop by Guildford Castle with it's large Stone Tower Keep and don't forget to see the exhibition on the first floor while you are there.

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 Orchestra.

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".

There are a lot of ancient buildings for you to wander in Godalming, and in Leatherhead or Dorking you have a selection of Cafes, Bars & Restaurants. A very popular destination for Antique Buyers and Lovers is Dorking with a good choice of Antique Stores.

Come & Visit Surrey Soon.
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