The County of Surrey is a popular tourist destination and it’s easy to see why, regarded as an area of outstanding natural beauty and also the most wooded county in England, you’ll soon fall for its pretty green landscape, dotted with charming towns and villages.
What better place to start your Surrey experience than the historic market town of Haslemere; situated on the Hampshire and West Sussex borders, this picturesque town with its timber fronted houses, wide high street (once a cattle market) and backdrop of rolling green hills has so much to offer visitors.
If you’ll be staying in the area, don’t miss the following attractions:
Ramster Gardens, Chiddingfold
If you’re into your gardening, or simply fancy a relaxing afternoon wandering through a beautifully landscaped garden, then head to Ramster Gardens. Originally designed in 1890 by Sir Harry Waechter and improved in 1920, the garden is a riot of colour in spring when the multitude of Rhododendrons and Azaleas are at their best.
With several lakes and pools dotted around the garden, it really is a beautiful and tranquil place to while away a spring afternoon.
Rural Life Centre, Tilford
If you want to learn how farming has changed over the last 150 years, and have your kids in tow, then why not take a trip out to the Rural Life Centre, which fills 10 acres of field and woodland with a variety of exhibitions and features to keep you interested and features a full size replica of a Gypsy caravan, there’s certainly something for everyone.
Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton
A beautiful open air museum covering 40 acres with many historic buildings ranging from the 13th to 19th century. All of which have been lovingly dismantled and moved from their original locations after being threatened with demolition.
Why not spend the day exploring the houses and take a picnic by the lake with your kids; you might even get to meet the Shire horses that are used in traditional farming methods still employed there.
Petworth House, Petworth
If you want to experience the grandeur and stunning architecture of the 17th century (or want to see a garden designed by the great Lancelot “Capability” Brown) then spend a day at Petworth house.
Set in 700 acres of deer park and containing one of the National Trusts finest collections of paintings, it’s an enchanting place to spend a day. If you get hungry, why not visit the Audit Room Restaurant housed within the mansion and also take a look through the selection of gifts for sale in the National Trust shop.
The Devil’s Punchbowl, Hindhead
If you’re out and about in the car whilst in Surrey and want to stop off somewhere nice for a short break, then head to the Devil’s Punchbowl near Hindhead. A natural amphitheatre which was produced by spring water erosion; now home to a variety of Flora and Fauna, streams and woodland. A beautiful spot to visit and spend some time relaxing with a picnic to munch on.
Hollycombe Steam Museum, Liphook
Last but not least, if you fancy a fun day out with your family (or if you happen to be a steam train enthusiast) then why not head to the Hollycombe Steam Museum located in nearby Liphook.
With a collection of steam-powered vehicles and attractions including several steam railways and a steam powered Edwardian fairground, you’re guaranteed a fun day out for all ages.
Written by the travel insurance team @ moneysupermarket.com.