5 of the best museums to visit in Surrey

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Surrey boasts a plethora of excellent museums showcasing the county’s culture and heritage. Here are five of the best museums to visit in Surrey.

Brooklands Museum
Vintage buses at the London Bus Museum in Brooklands Museum

The London Bus Museum at Brooklands houses a remarkable collection of around 35 buses and coaches

Located in Weybridge, petrol heads and aviation enthusiasts will love a day out at Brooklands Museum, which tells the story of the world’s first purpose-built motor car racetrack. As well as motoring heritage, the museum also boasts the UK’s largest Concorde exhibit, detailing the aircraft which was designed, built and flown on the site.

Rural Life Living Museum

The Rural Life Living Museum in Farnham showcases the history and culture of countryside life. With a vast collection of artefacts relating to agriculture and rural life, spread across 30 buildings, there’s plenty to see and learn. The museum also hosts events through the year.

Gatwick Aviation Museum
Hawker Harrier G.R.3 at Gatwick Aviation Museum

Feast your eyes upon the Hawker Harrier G.R.3 at Gatwick Aviation Museum

While Gatwick Airport itself may be just across the border in West Sussex, the excellent Gatwick Aviation Museum is nestled next door in the Surrey village of Charlwood. Visitors of all ages will love getting up close to a whole range of historic aircraft, as well as British aircraft engines, airline memorabilia from Gatwick Airport and even walking the nature trail.

The Sculpture Park
Driftwood horse sculpture at The Sculpture Park Surrey

This driftwood horse sculpture is just one of many creations you can see at The Sculpture Park

If you’re happy to wrap up in your winter woolies and enjoy the crisp air and gorgeous autumnal colours, The Sculpture Park in Farnham is the perfect spot for all the family. Kids will love exploring all the 650 statues across the two-mile woodland trail, from animal sculptures to abstract, bronze, steel and stone sculptures, not to mention an abundance of wildlife.

Guildford Museum

Just a short stroll from Guildford High Street, the town’s museum is dedicated to the area’s history. From associations with celebrities such as Lewis Carroll and Gertrude Jekyll, to history, architecture, textiles and special exhibitions, there are plenty of artefacts and historical goodies to uncover here.

Take a closer look at Brooklands Museum

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Image credits: ©Chris Jenner/Shutterstock.com; Gavin Hoey/Gatwick Aviation Museum; Pixabay; The Sculpture Park; Video: Brooklands Museum/YouTube

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