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Things to see and do in Surrey

5 Unmissable things to see and do in Surrey
Things to see and do in Surrey

Planning a weekend visit to Surrey? Discover attractions and places to visit, children's activities and where to eat. There are many places to explore in Surrey including Carshalton Ponds, Box Hill, RHS Garden Wisley and much more!


1. Carshalton Ponds

Carshalton Ponds is the main part of the Carshalton Conservation Area, which is situated on the north and east sides of Carshalton village’s Lower Pond. Carshalton Ponds’ beautiful landscape dates back from the early 17th Century and has been a working mill since the middle ages.

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There are many facilities at the ponds such as crazy golf, an outdoor gym, playground and also a café on site. It’s a great place to visit on the weekend with friends or family, so why not visit the ponds and explore the countryside around Surrey?

Carshalton has a number of neighborhoods, with the popular village Carshalton which is known as being beautiful and scenic. There is also a Grade II listed All Saints Church, which overlooks the two joining ponds. Why not visit the Honeywood Museum, which is only a small walk away from the ponds?


Junction of North Street/High Street

2. Box Hill

There are many family adventures to do at Box Hill as well as beautiful scenery to discover. Box Hill is in the North Downs in Surrey, around 30km south west of London. The hill has its name from the ancient box woodland, which is found on the steepest west-facing slopes overlooking the scenic River Mole.

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It’s a great place to visit on the weekend, with many great walks to explore making it perfect for dog walkers! Whether you are looking to go on a long walk or a small stroll along the river, there are many walks to choose from to suit everyone. There is also so much nature to spot during a visit to Box Hill, such as butterflies, birds and orchid spotting.

If you plan on making a visit to Surrey, don’t miss out on seeing Box Hill - especially if it’s a nice day! There are many events that take place throughout the year, so make sure to plan your visit. There is an also a popular onsite café and shop, which makes the perfect place for lunch and to meet up with friends. Indulge in your favourite slice of cake with a freshly made cup of tea! The café is full of locally sourced and grown food, making it a popular café with locals and travelling visitors. Dogs are also welcome and are also offered fresh bowls of water.



 3. Farnham

Farnham is a historic market town in Surrey within the Borough of Waverley, which dates back to the middle ages. The town is situated 35 miles from London. The town is known for its Georgian streets and historic buildings and is near the beautiful hills of Surrey Hills, making it perfect for locals and visitors to experience the countryside.

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There is so much to do and see at Farnham, whether it is experiencing local food markets, shops, heritage or countryside. There is a range of quirky and independent shops in the town centre, making it a great place to visit for people who like interesting shops. Why not visit with friends, or catch up in one of the local cafes? There is so much to discover in Farnham.

The Farmers Market is very popular and takes place in Central car park every Sunday, each month which attracts visitors from all over Surrey and Hampshire. There is also a yearly September Farnham Food Festival, which offers local producers plus a range of culinary specialists.

There are also many shopping opportunities at Farnham, with a large selection of independent boutiques and high street shops. If you plan to make the day of it, why not spend the day shopping and eat out in one of Farnham’s popular cafés or restaurants? There are many places to choose from, from independent and big UK chains.

Why not explore Farnham’s history for the weekend with friends or family? There are plenty of attractions and must-see places to visit.



South Street
Contact details
01252 712667



4. The North Downs Way

The North Downs Way is a National Trail in Surrey, which follows the chalk scarp of the North Downs for 153 miles from Farnham to Canterbury in Kent. The walk starts in Farnham and offers walkers amazing scenery, beautiful villages and peaceful countryside. The trail follows eastwards close to Guildford, Dorking and Reigate to reach the border of Kent.

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The trail will go past Loseley Park and Polesden Lacey, through England’s biggest vineyard in Denbies and also past the famous Box Hill. It is popular with locals and visitors for walking, cycling and horse riding, although not all paths are suitable for cycling or horse riding.

If you like scenery, there is so much to see in Surrey. Why not spend a weekend away with your family? Or visit the local towns with friends for some weekend shopping and food?


Start point - Farnham
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5. RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley is one of the greatest gardens of the world and is home to an amazing plant collection. It is in the heart of Surrey, south of London and is one of the four hardens run by RHS. RHS Garden is looked after by 90 staff and the garden aims to inspire and educate people from all over the world. It is the second most visited paid entry garden in England, after the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

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It is great for day outs and school trips, with plenty to do and see for all ages. See and learn all about plants and flowers, from all over the world. There are many things to do at RHS Garden Wisley, such as tours, workshops, events, courses, and shows. Why not take a course on gardening? - There is something for everyone, even the children.

If it’s a nice day, there’s nothing better than relaxing in the sun and admiring the gardens or taking a stroll with friends around the gardens. If you’re visiting Surrey, it’s a must see.

“The garden magic of Wisley!” – TripAdvisor review


Opening times
Open every day except Christmas Day.
Shop and Plant Centre closed Easter Sunday.
Last entry one hour before closing.
The Glasshouse 10am – 5.15pm (last entry 5pm)
Monday – Friday
10am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday, Bank Holidays
9am – 6pm
Visit website for price information
GU23 6QB



Top 5 activities with the kids

Experience a weekend with the kids in Surrey - choose from a range of attractions including farms, railways and wildlife centres!


1. Birdworld

Birdworld Surrey

Birdworld has so many animals to show you, including birds, bugs, piranhas, penguins and more! There are over 2,000 animals to discover and learn about.

Children would love visiting Birdworld, where they can visit the Discovery Theatre for shows and join animal keepers when it’s feeding time – Who wouldn’t want to be an animal keeper?

For younger children, they can visit the Jenney Wren Farm where they can get close to Guinea pigs, rabbits and reindeer. There is also an aquarium where they’ll meet many tropical fish and turtles! Don’t forget to visit Terry Pratchett’s Owl Parliament, where you can learn about his love of owls.

Birdworld makes a great day out for kids and adults alike, no matter what the weather is like. All children will have a fun and exciting visit to Birdworld, where they can meet and learn all about their favourite animals.


Opening hours
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Adult: £15.95
Under 3: Free
Concession/Child (7-15): £13.95
Toddlers (3-6): £12.95
Family: £49.95
Holt Pound
GU10 4LD
Contact details
01420 22140




2. Hobbledown


Hobbledown is a mystical farm adventure park, full of excitement and play which is based on the fantasy book ‘Hobbledown’.

Children will be able to meet the Hobblers, as well as pigs, sheep, meerkats, geese, and chipmunks! There is so much to explore at Hobbledown, including mazes, climbing towers, giant swings and more! – They will have so much to tell their friends.

If the weather isn’t the best, they can always explore the indoor play barn for lots of Hobbling fun!


Hoddlers (under 2's): Free
Hobblings (2+): before 3pm £14.50, after 3pm £10.00
Scholars (18+): before 3pm £13.50, after 3pm £9.00
Professors (65+): before 3pm £8.00, after 3pm £6.00
Prices vary depending on season and hour. Check the link for more information
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 20:00
Sunday 09:00 - 19:00
Monday to Thursday and Sunday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday to Saturday 09:00 - 20:00
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 
Horton Lane
KT19 8PT
Contact details
01372 848990



3. Bocketts Farm

Bocketts Farm Surrey

Bocketts Farm is a family run farm, set in the beautiful countryside of Surrey. Children will be able to meet and feed the farm animals, such as goats, llamas, and rabbits!

There is also a huge indoor play area, for children of all ages and includes slides, trampolines and other fun obstacles to play on. For younger children under 5, they can enjoy a giant jumping pillow and a tree house.

Bocketts Farm is full of fun and would make the perfect day out during the school holidays. So why not take the children and their friends?


Opening hours
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
Adults (18+): £10.50
Kids (3-17): £10.95
Toddlers (0 - 2): £9.20
Seniors: £9.80
Disabled: £8.20
Under 2: Free
Young Street
KT22 9BS
Contact details
01372 363764



4. Maldon Miniature Railway

Maldon Miniature Railway

Maldon Miniature Railway is a great place to take the kids and is also known as Thames Ditton Miniature Railway. They operate 2 independent railways as well as the ground level railway for larger trains and an elevated railway for the smaller scale trains.

It is perfect for children who love railways and also for adults alike! There is so much to see at the railway, where children will have lots of fun with their friends.

If you fancy making a day of it, there is plenty of picnic space for families to sit down and relax and enjoy a picnic.


Opening hours
16th April - 1st October
First Sunday of each month & Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays 14:00 - 17:30
Free admission
Single ride ticket: £2.25
Unlimited ride ticket: £7.25
Family of 4 ticket: £25.50
Claygate Lane
Thames Ditton
Contact details
0208 398 3985



5. British Wildlife Centre

British Wildlife Centre Surrey

British Wildlife Centre was made to educate people about the beauty of Britain’s wildlife. The wildlife centre is a great place to explore and visit, where children and adults alike can be inspired by nature.

There are over 40 species at the wildlife centre, where children can learn all about the animals and their habitats. You will also be able to get close to otters, wildcats, foxes and many more – It’s the perfect place for animal lovers and wildlife enthusiasts!

The British Wildlife Centre offers so much to do and see, as well as amazing photography opportunities, so make sure to bring your camera! Why not visit the Wildlife Centre and explore Surrey’s rolling countryside? There is so much to see in Surrey, especially for families. 


Opening hours
February to October
Saturday, Sunday and Bank & School Holidays 10:00 - 16:00
November to January
Saturday, Sunday and Bank & School Holidays 10:00 - 16:00
Closed 24th to 26th December.
Adult: £11.50
Senior: £10.50
Child (3-15): £8.50
Toddlers (0 - 2)/Essential Carers: Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children): £37.00 
Eastbourne Road
Contact details
01342 834658



Top 5 restaurants in Surrey

There are a range of delicious restaurants to choose from in Surrey.


1. The Clock House

 The Clock House ripley
01483 224777
High Street
GU23 6AQ


2. The Tudor Room

 The Tudor Room Egham
01784 433822
Great Fosters
Stroude Road
TW20 0UR



3. The Estate Grill at Great Fosters

 The Estate Grill at Great Fosters
01784 433822
Stroude Road
TW20 9UR



4. Stovell's 

 Stovell's Chobham
01276 858000
125 Windsor Road
GU24 8QS



5. The White Hart

 The White Hart Surrey
01428 683695
Petworth Road

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