Birdworld and Underwater World

penguin swimming

The beautiful gardens and parkland of Birdworld are home to a wide variety of birds, including many rare and unusual species, such as toucans, pelicans, flamingoes and ostriches. Animal feeding and handling sessions. Underwater World is a tropical aquarium with a amazing collection of colourful marine and freshwater fish.

Opening times: daily (exc. Xmas) 10am to 6 pm (summer) 4.30pm (winter) - Admission Charge
Location: Halt Pound, Farnham, surrey, GU10 4LD
Tel: 01420 22140
Website: birdworld.co.uk

Brooklands Museum

vintage racing cars at Brooklands

The Brooklands Museum, preserves an amazing slice of British heritage, as the birthplace of British motor sport and home to several important pioneers of aircraft design.

In 1907 the site was host to England's first purpose-built motor racing track, and the worlds first banked concrete circuit. The idea was born out of the frustrations of the national speed limit of 20 mph, which remained in force until 1930! Drivers such as Malcolm Campbell ruled the circuit, during its peak in the early 1900s.

Part of the site was later used as an aircraft aerodrome and in 1915 Vickers opened an aircraft factory nearby, producing fighter planes, including Barnes Wallis's famous Wellington Bomber.

Many of the original buildings have been restored and visitors can still see part of the old banked concrete racetrack and the 1-in-4 Test Hill. Hundreds of historic planes, cars and vehicles from the era are displayed in the museum's sheds and hangers, including a British Airways Concord.

Opening times: Mon to Sun & BHs 10am 5pm (4pm winter) Admission Charge
Location: Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN - Tel: 01932 857381 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, shop, toilets for disabled
Image Credit: Oast House Archive (CC2)

Box Hill Country Park

Box hill Park

A designated Country Park with nature walks, on the edge of the North Downs. More than 800 acres of woods and chalk down land, with magnificent views over the Weald to the South Downs. Wide open spaces for family enjoyment. Marked self guided trails. Guided walks and tours also available. Dogs welcome - please keep on leads when livestock in fields.

Opening times: Shop & Information centre open all year from 10am
Free Entry
Location: Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7LB - Tel: 01306 885502 - Website
Facilities: Parking (charged), cafe, shop, outdoor seating and picnic areas, children's discovery zone, toilets.
Image Credit: Chris Slade (CC2)

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington Thrill Ride

Founded in 1931 by Reginald Stuart Goddard, this popular theme park, zoo and Sea Life Centre has over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, and over 1,000 animals to see. A great day out with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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Opening times: ride and attraction opening times vary throughout the year, see website for details - Admission Charge
Location: Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE
Tel: 0871 663 4477
Website: chessington.com

Clandon Park

Clandon Park

One of Britain's most outstanding Palladian country mansions. Built around 1733 for the 2nd Lord Onslow by the Venetian architect, 'Giacomo Leoni', in a unique blend of styles. The house is noted for its magnificent two story marble hall, rich decor and intricate plaster work. Contains period furnishings and wall coverings, Onslow family pictures and furniture. Also the Gubbay Collection of furniture, needlework and Chinese porcelain birds. The attractive formal gardens include a parterre, sunken garden and Maori meeting house.

Opening times: Apr~Oct, Tue-Thu & Sun & BHs, 11am to 5pm Admission Charge
Location: West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RQ - Tel: 01483 222482 - Website
Facilities: Parking, restaurant, shop, toilets.
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/Anthony Parkinson

Claremont Landscape Gardens

Claremont Gardens Lake

One of the earliest surviving examples of an English landscape garden. Developed over many generations by several notable garden designers; starting in 1715 with Charles Bridgeman and John Vanburgh, continued by William Kent in the 1730s and later enhanced by 'Capability' Brown. The gardens are currently managed by the National Trust and open to the public. The garden is noted for its splendid late spring flowering rhododendrons and azaleas. Its main feature is a tranquil tree lined lake, surround by many interesting follies including a grassy amphitheatre, whimsical grotto and an island pavilion.

Opening times: all year (closed Xmas), times vary see website for details Admission Charge
Location: Portsmouth Road, Esher, KT10 9JG - Tel: 01372 467806 - Website
Facilities: Parking, tea-room, shop, toilets
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/Wendy Aldiss

Farnham Castle Keep

Farnham keep walls

Built by the Bishop of Winchester, Henri de Blois. The present building dates from the late 12th and early 13th centuries, although it has been much repaired and updated since.

Opening times: Apr~Sep, 12 to 5pm, Fri to Sun & BHs Free Entry
Location: Castle Hill,Surrey, GU6 0AG - Tel: 01252 713393 - Website
Image Credit: Len Williams (CC2)

Godstone Farm

Popular children's play farm with a wide variety of friendly animals, sand pits, large indoor and outdoor play areas, ideal for all weather play. Parking, tea rooms, parties and regular seasonal events. An ideal day out for children.

Opening times: daily from 10am - Admission Charge
Location: Tilburstow Hill Rd, Godstone RH9 8LX
Tel: 01883 742546
Website: godstonefarm.co.uk

Ham House & Garden

Ham House

Ham House, dating from 1610, is among the finest and least altered examples of Stuart domestic architecture in the country. It was furnished and redecorated in the 1670s by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale. Almost their entire collection of furniture survives and has been left in the original settings for which it was intended. The garden also retains much of its original formal layout.

Opening times: all year - times vary, see website for details Admission Charge*
Location: Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW10 7RS - Tel: 020 8940 1950 - Website
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/John Miller

Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands House

Created in the mid 18th century for Admiral Boscawen, following his important victory at the battle of Louisburg. The interior is the earliest known work in England by Robert Adam. It contains the world's largest collection of keyboard instruments, many of which have been played by famous composers.

The house is set in 430 acres of a beautiful park lands and woodland walks, with a delightful little parterre garden (near the house) created by Gertrude Jekyll.

Opening times: Apr~Oct, Tue to Thu & Sun, 2pm to 5.30pm Admission Charge
Location: East Clandon, Surrey, GU4 7RT - Tel: 01483 222482 - Website
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Hampton Court

Hampton Court gardensThis magnificence red brick Tudor mansion was started in 1516 by Cardinal Wolsey (Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII). However, following his fall from grace the palace was handed to the crown. The building was later updated by Henry VIII, who added the great hall and gatehouse. Following monarchs have added their own touches, with Charles II, William III and Christopher Wren helping to make the palace a showcase of architecture with its red brick courtyards and corkscrew chimneys.

The palace is graced with sixty acres of beautifully manicured gardens, containing sparkling fountains, water gardens, a symmetrical ornamental Privy Garden and the famous Hampton Court Maze. The palace itself contains a magnificent collection of period furniture, fine artworks and many important tapestries.

Opening times: all year (closed Xmas) Mon � Sun 10am to 4.30pm Admission Charge
Location: East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU - Tel: 0844 482 7777 - Website

Hobbledown Children's Farm

A friendly and informal fun farm aimed at 2 to 8 year olds. Children can pet and enjoy animals. Costumed characters, adventure playground, maze, picnic area.

Opening times: daily, times vary see website for details - Admission Charge
Location: Horton Ln, Epsom KT19 8PT
Tel: 01372 848990
Website: hobbledown.com

Leith Hill

Wooded garden, particularly beautiful in April and May for its large collection of azaleas and rhododendrons. An ideal spot for walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding. The highest point in South-East England. Climb the spiral staircase to the top of Leith Hill Tower for even better spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Dogs welcome - please keep on lead.

Opening times: Gardens: all year, Tower and tea kiosk 10am to 4pm (5pm summer) Small Admission Charge
Location: Leith Hill, near Coldharbour village, Dorking - Tel: 01306 712711 - Website
Facilities: Parking, outdoor seating and picnic tables, refreshments, way marked trails

Loseley Park

Loseley House

Magnificent Elizabethan Mansion set within 1400 acres of glorious parkland. Built in 1562 by Sir William More (a relative of Sir Thomas More), it has been the family home of the More-Molyneux family for over 450 years. The house contains fine artworks, tapestries, fireplaces and wall panelling. The property is set in magnificent parkland landscaped by Gertrude Jekyll.The restored Walled Garden has award winning roses, herb garden, flower garden, vegetable garden and a White Fountain Garden.

Opening times: Sunday to Thursday during the open season and for public events, see website for details.
Location: Guildford GU3 1HS - Tel: 01483 304440 - Part of the historic Houses Association.
Website: loseleypark.co.uk
Image Credit: Paul Gillett (CC2)

Painshill Park

Painshill Park LakeA wonderful, 160 acre, 18th century landscaped garden filled with interesting vistas and many whimsical follies. Created by Charles Hamilton, between 1738 and 1773. The garden includes a working vineyard, a reconstructed Abbey, Grotto, Roman Mausoleum, Waterwheel, Hermitage, Gothic Temples and Towers, and many other interesting sights.

Opening times: Apr~Oct, 10.30am to 6pm. Nov~Mar, 10.30am to 4pm (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE - Tel: 01932 868113 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, shop, disabled facilities

Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey HouseElegant Regency villa built in 1824 and extensively remodeled during the Edwardian period by the Hon Mrs Ronald Greville. The two-story building, set around a central courtyard, is charmingly furnished with English, French and Chinese furniture, plus many fine portrait paintings, Georgian silver and porcelain. Spacious grounds and gardens surround the house, with classical urns and statues, clipped hedges of box and yew and a tranquil walled rose garden.

A festival is held during the summer months, with concerts and plays performed in the grounds.

Opening times: 12 Apr to 29 Oct, Wed-Sun 11am to 5pm Admission Charge
Location: Great Bookham, Surrey, RH5 6BD � Tel: 01372 452048 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, restaurant, shop, garden centre, toilets for disabled

RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden WisleyThese internationally renowned gardens, visited by over 750,000 visitors each year, are the principle research gardens for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The 240-acre site was gifted to the society in 1903, who have since developed it into a series of show gardens and trial gardens for the advancement of horticultural knowledge and best gardening practices.

The gardens contain a wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants, with many new and unusual species. There is a formal walled garden, a long mixed border (designed to provide continuous colour and interest), a rose garden, arboretums, alpine meadows, glass houses and a wild garden.

Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am to 4.30pm/6pm (Nov-Feb Sat-Sun) (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: GU23 6QB - Tel: 01483 224234 - Website
Facilities: Parking, café, restaurant, garden centre, shop, disabled facilities

Royal Logistics Corps Museum

Covers the history of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and the Royal Corps of Transport. Exhibits illustrate how British military logistics has evolved over time from the English Civil War to the present day.

Opening times: Tue to Fri from 9am to 4pm - Admission Charge/Free Entry
Location: RLC Shop The RLC Museum, The Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut GU16 6RW
Tel: 01252 833371
Website: royallogisticcorps.co.uk

Runnymede

The historic meadows (nearly 200 acres) on the banks of the River Thames where King John signed Magna Carta in 1215. Several walks and trails. Runnymede Gallery for contemporary art. The Kennedy Memorial stands above the meadows.

Opening times: car park open all year 8:30am to 5pm (7pm summer) Free Entry to Meadows
Location: Runnymede Estate Office, North Lodge, Windsor Road, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JL - Tel: 01784 432891 - Website
Facilities: Parking (charged), tearooms, toilets.

Rural Life Centre

Historic country museum covering village life from 1750 to 1960, providing plenty of interest for all age groups. Set in over 10 acres of pleasant gardens and woodland, it incorporates several authentic old village buildings, including a chapel, kiln houses and farm buildings. There is also a village playground for children and an arboretum featuring hundreds of trees from around the world.

Opening times: Mar to Nov, Wed to Sun (plus BH), 10am - 5pm, - Admission Charge
Location: The Reeds Rd, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL
Tel: 01252 795571
Website: rural-life.org.uk

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park Rides

Family theme park with an impressive lineup of thrilling rides, including "Stealth" Europe's fastest and tallest launch roller coaster, plus the world’s first Angry Birds 4D animation experience - the centrepiece of an amazing new Angry Birds themed land! Major rides include:

  • The Swarm: the UK’s first winged rollercoaster
  • SAW: the sick and twisted horror-coaster
  • Stealth: 0-80mph to 205ft in under 2 seconds
  • Colossus: looping, stomach-churning madness
  • Nemesis Inferno: the inverted hell ride
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Opening times: times vary see website for details - Admission Charge
Location: Staines Rd, Chertsey KT16 8PN
Website: thorpepark.com

Winkworth Arboretum

autumn treesAn outstanding collection of rare trees and shrubs, located on 100 acres of wooded hillside, with excellent views over the North Downs. The arboretum is at its best in spring when the azaleas are in bloom, and in October when the maples and sorbus cover the hillside with every shade of red, orange and gold. Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Opening times: all year, daily during daylight hours (may close if weather bad) - Admission Charge*
Location: Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD - Tel: 01483 208477 - Website
Facilities: Parking, tea room, shop, toilets & baby-changing facilities, children's quiz/trail.

Witley and Milford Commons

Nature trails, interesting and varied flora and fauna. Dogs welcome - please keep on lead during nesting season.

Opening times: any reasonable time - Free Entry
Location: Witley Centre, Haslemere Road, Witley, GU8 5QA - Tel: 01428 681050 - Website
Facilities: Parking, picnic area.

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