1. Visit the Royal Palace
Tucked away in the village of East Molsley in the north of Surrey, you’ll find Hampton Court Palace with its great gate house and stunning detailed chimneys. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and famous features such as the Maze and the Great Vine, the palace has been the setting for many nationally-important events. In summer, the Palace hosts a series of open-air concerts in its spectacular and iconic Tudor courtyard.
2. Climb Leith Hill
Set within the beautiful Surrey Hills, Leith Hill is the highest point in South East England at 1029ft above sea level. If you have enough energy after walking to the top, make sure you climb up the gothic tower – from the top you can see sweeping views across 14 counties and on a clear day you can see the English Channel to the south and the clock face of Big Ben in Westminster to the north.
3. The Ghost Tour of Guildford
Each Friday from April to November, The Ghost Tour Of Guildford sets off around Guildford town centre uncovering its various haunted and mysterious sites including Guildford’s most haunted building, The King’s Head pub.
4. Make some wine
The family-run Denbies Vineyard, in Dorking, has been making wine for three decades and is now one of the largest wine producers in the UK – it is even responsible for the first ever English rose wine to be awarded the IWC Gold Award. During harvest, visitors can see a snapshot of what a day in the life of a working vineyard involves, starting with picking the grapes, touring the working winery to seeing the wine-making process and of course tasting the end product!
5. Take to the skies
Take the controls of a modern high-performance microlight aircraft at Redhill Aerodrome, where you can take off and see the beautiful county of Surrey from above!
6. Go for a row
If the sun is shining, take a rowing boat out on the River Wey. You can rent boats from various points along the river but Farncombe, near Godalming is probably the most accessible.
7. Go for a spin at Mercedes-Benz World
Located on the famous Brooklands site in Weybridge, Mercedes-Benz World is an unforgettable day out. Put your driving skills to the test out on the handling circuit or sit in the passenger seat and let the Silver Arrows Display Team show you how it’s done.
8. Visit the UK home of WWF
Opened by none other than David Attenborough in 2013, the WWF Living Planet Centre, in Woking, is one of the greenest buildings in the UK. From family activities and school workshops, to behind-the-scenes tours and inspiring public talks, the centre has an impressive range of activities to inspire and educate.
9. Try some local ales
Surrey is home to a number of breweries and you’ll find local beers in most pubs across the county. Why not try the chocolate ale by the Hogs Back Brewery?
10. Enjoy the landscaped gardens at Painshill Park
This 18th-century landscaped garden spreads across 158 acres and features a crystal grotto and other mystical follies including a Gothic temple and ruined Abbey.
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