Surprising Surrey: south-east England’s hidden gem

Located right next to the London vicinity, and with great international as well as local transport links, Surrey is often overlooked due to its more popular and well-known neighbour. But, for a weekend getaway that’s sure to provide plenty of excitement, as well as the chance to eschew the hustle and bustle of the city, nothing beats this county in the south-east England area.

A visit definitely wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Guildford, county town of Surrey. Although this historic location has plenty of cultural attractions and quaint cobbled streets to wander down, it nevertheless remains at the heart of current events.

With four of the Olympic cycling races passing through the town, as well as a visit from the Olympic torch on 20th July, before it enters the capital, Guildford is sure to be a hotspot for up and coming events this summer. So much so, that the Olympics have boosted Surrey’s profile and interest about tourism attractions there by 55%.

The Tour of Britain cycle race, which starts in Ipswich on 9th September, is also due to finish in Guildford on 16th September, providing plenty of excitement for biking fans eagerly anticipating the impending competition around the tough and dynamic Surrey Hills. One thing’s for sure – if you’re a sports fanatic, you’ll definitely want to be in Guildford this summer.

The town is definitely not lacking in history, so if you’re feeling in a cultural mood, take a trip to the picturesque Loseley Park. This Elizabethan mansion offers a slice of history and is still home to the More-Molyneux family.

If you’re a nature-lover as well, then this visit will serve both purposes; explore the gorgeous flower, vegetable and rose gardens and enjoy a scenic moat walk around the property.

If you really want to get to know the city though, spend a relaxing day roaming its meandering streets and historic buildings. For evening entertainment, try the famous Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which is renowned for its great shows put on before or after they have hit London’s West End.

Looking for something a little special for the kids? Guildhall’s weekly Ghost Tour is sure to give you another perspective on the city, providing plenty of thrills and chills along the way. Go Ape, a tree top adventure park featuring zip-wires and Tarzan-like fun, is a short drive away from Guildford, in Farnham, and promises an active and fun day out for the whole family.

For a quaint getaway not far from home, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Surrey. Guildford has a wealth of hotels, which can suit any budget. Choose from cosy countryside retreats or B&Bs in the heart of the town to truly soak up the atmosphere. Whatever you decide, Surrey is sure to capture your heart and imagination, and definitely leave you wanting more.