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Watts Gallery

Location: Watts Gallery       Child: Free       Adult: £7.50

First opening its doors to the public in 1904, Watts Gallery is a purpose-built art gallery created for the display of works by the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904). After a major restoration project, visitors can now experience the Watts Collection in the historic galleries displaying the original decorative schemes.

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Headley Heath

Location: Headley Heath       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Headley Heath, is free to access woodland owned by the National Trust.  It has a wide network of tracks to explore, and stunning views to rival any of its neighbours - the perfect place to enjoy the countryside, whether walking, cycling or horseriding.

There's always something new to see, from fragrant, bright yellow gorse and breathtaking purple heathers, to deer, badgers and dragonflies.  During the warmer months Headley Heath is alive with bird song from rare birds like stonechats, linnets, meadow pipits and woodlarks.

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Surrey History Centre

Location: Surrey History Centre       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Surrey History Centre collects and rescues archives and printed materials relating to Surrey's past and present, so that they can tell the story of the county and its people to future generations. You can use these fascinating materials in our supervised search room where staff are on hand to assist your research.

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The Lightbox

Location: The Lightbox       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Whether you’re passionate about the arts and history, want activities and fun, or would just like somewhere quiet to relax and think, you’ll find it all at The Lightbox, Woking's new gallery and museum.

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The Medicine Garden

Location: The Medicine Garden       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Medicine Garden has a cafe, shop, treatment room, courtyard community and walled garden.  The walled garden design is based on the directions of the compass and started with the simple planting of eight trees to represent the directions, each direction holds meaning.   

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Box Hill

Location: Box Hill       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Forming part of the North Downs, Box Hill has breathtaking views across the surrounding countryside.   Box Hill became famous across the world in the Summer of 2012 with the Olympic road races - the only evidence of that excitement are left-over road markings.  either start at the top and work your way down to the footsteps over the river, or stay at a lower level.

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Hindhead Common and Devil's Punchbowl

Location: Hindhead Common and Devil's Punchbowl       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Admire the views across the Punch Bowl or venture at bit further and discover the stunning scenery at Highcombe Edge and Gibbet Hill. Gibbet Hill is the second highest point in Surrey with views across the Weald.

This is good walking country with many footpaths to explore. Walk through shady woods or across open heathland with grazing cattle and wild ponies. There’s plenty of space for family adventures and many lovely spots for picnics too. Delicious home cooked food is available from our café.

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Long Plantation, Chipstead

Location: Long Plantation, Chipstead       Child: Free       Adult: free

Explore the North Downs, and visit the Farm Shop - entrance to both is opposite the football club in Chipstead.  For further parking, continue for half a mile and there is a public car park and children's play area behind the pond.

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Banstead Woods

Location: Banstead Woods       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Banstead Woods is one of three sites of Special Scientific Interest that we maintain under guidelines from Natural England.

Banstead Woods (previously known as the Banstead Park Estate) was a deer park in the medieval period sheltering the royal deer (enclosed in 1439).   Surrey County Council have produced a trail map to guide you round the woods.

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Bourne Hall Museum

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Museum charts the Borough's history through its collections of document and picture archives, fine art, costume, archaeology and social history.  Highlights of our collection include Lord Rosebery’s hansom cab, a 19th century fire engine, extensive Derby memorabilia and significant Roman archaeology from local sites.

The Museum is located in the first-floor gallery in Bourne Hall, Ewell.  Full disabled access is available.  Visitors to the Museum are also able to enjoy the full range of family-friendly facilities offered by Bourne Hall, including the café, library, regular art exhibitions and the park.

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Crockford Bridge Farm

Location: Crockford Bridge Farm       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Open from May to September for pick your own activities, Crockford Bridge Farm grows more than 20 different crops of fruit and vegetables on its 75 acres.  The PYO season starts with rhubarb and asparagus and in June has abundant crops of strawberries and raspberries that the farm is renowned for.  Pick your own is a great day out, you can bring your children along and show them where their food comes from. It's both fun and educational. 

The Crockford Bridge Farm shop is open all year round and there are special events for families in the Autumn for Halloween, and at Christmas time.

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Gatton Park

Location: Gatton Park       Child: event specific       Adult: event specific

Situated in the former rotten borough of Gatton, which has been documented since Domesday, the estate consists of 250 acres of 'Capability' Brown designed parkland with hidden Victorian and Edwardian pleasure gardens. The site is also home to the wonderful St Andrew's church.

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Winkworth Arboretum

Location: Winkworth Arboretum       Child: £3.25       Adult: £6.50

Established in the 20th century, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up a collection of more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, many of them rare.

Visit any time of year for a delightful stroll through the personal plant collection of one man, who was passionate about shrubs and trees. The Collection and setting are too unique to ever disappoint.

There are three different routes to help you find your way: a blue 'Access for All' walk, a yellow 'Taste of Winkworth' walk and a red 'Challenging' walk

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RHS Wisley

Location: RHS Wisley       Child: Free in August       Adult: £10.50

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.   Our goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening.

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Polesdon Lacey

Location: Polesdon Lacey       Child: £3.33       Adult: £6.66

Polesden Lacey is a beautiful country house and gardens only four miles from Dorking and junction 9 of the M25, and a great place to come with your friends and family.   It was bought by Mrs Greville, an Edwardian hostess, in 1906 and re-modelled to be the perfect setting for her famous weekend parties where she entertained royalty, politicians and the best of society.   Lose yourself on the estate with its many walks and stunning views across the Surrey Hills, or marvel at the lavishly decorated rooms in the house.  Closed 24th & 25th December
 

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Lowfield Heath Windmill

Location: Lowfield Heath Windmill       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Come to one of our open days to view the machinery in the interior and displays on the mill's history in the roundhouse where a mill related video will also be playing.
I haven't been able to find any details about admission charges, but I would anticipate a small charge if it is not free!

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Wisley Common, Ockham and Chatley Heath

Location: Wisley Common, Ockham and Chatley Heath       Child: Free       Adult: Free

These areas make up over 323 hectares (800 acres) of heathland and woodland. The lowland heathland area is a very scarce habitat and supports a specific and unusual range of wildlife.
 
The three areas have been designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest by English Nature in recognition of their importance for nature conservation. They are also part of a European Special Protection Area

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Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

Location: Tilgate Park and Nature Centre       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Tilgate Park has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks.   The Walled Garden in the park, is a fantastic leisure facility with a café, a picnic area, a maze and many themed gardens for you to enjoy

Tilgate Park has it very own Nature Centre which houses a huge variety of animals from endangered species to farmyard favourites.  From 31 March, there will be an entry charge for the Nature Centre of £2 for over 17s, £1 for 12-16 year olds and 50p for 2-11 year olds. Under twos will be free. There will be no charges in the winter months.

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Priory Park

Location: Priory Park       Child: Free       Adult: Free

A wonderful open space for all ages.   For younger children there is a children's play area with water play in summer (remember to bring a change of clothes!).  For older children there are tennis courts, ball court, croquet lawn.  For all ages - enjoy a walk around the formal gardens and lake, before taking a break at the cafe.   The cafe also houses and information centre and toilets.

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Hatchlands Park

Location: Hatchlands Park       Child: £1.90       Adult: £4.00

At over 400 acres, Hatchlands is one of the largest country estates within the green belt surrounding Greater London. The mansion is set in informal grounds, partly landscaped by Humphrey Repton, with one small parterre garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. This stunning parkland provides six waymarked walks in a tranquil and beautiful setting.

The house and formal gardens are also open to visitors Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from April to October.  In August they are open on the Friday as well.  The ticket price for access to boht the house and the garden is £7.50 for adults and £3.80 for children.

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Alice Holt Forest

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Come for a great day out in the woods! There's so much to do! You can walk, cycle, play or just have a picnic in these lovely woods. Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our cafe and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the Forest.

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Painshill Park

Location: Painshill Park       Child: £3.85       Adult: £6.60

Discover one of the most important 18th landscape parks in Europe, learn about its exciting plants and wildlife, visit its follies and get inspired by its magnificent views.

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Surrey Wildlife Trust Newlands Corner

Location: Surrey Wildlife Trust Newlands Corner       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) is a registered charity and the only organisation concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey. We care for more than 9,000 hectares of the county's countryside for the benefit of people and wildlife. We are the largest Wildlife Trust in terms of land managed - being responsible for 4.5% of the county. SWT is part of a nationwide network of 47 local Trusts working to protect wildlife in towns and the countryside. Collectively, the Wildlife Trusts have 800,000 members and thousands of nature reserves.

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Surrey Wildlife Trust Bookham Common

Location: Surrey Wildlife Trust Bookham Common       Child: Free       Adult: Free

A popular National Trust wood to the south of Cobham, Surrey that offers excellent walking and cycling opportunities for families.

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Claremont Landscape Garden

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Child: £3.15       Adult: £6.30

Come and explore Claremont, a beautiful National Trust Landscape Garden surrounding a small lake and featuring an unusual grass amphitheatre.

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Leith Hill

Location: Leith Hill       Child: £0.70       Adult: £1.30

Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England at 293 meters, is a beautiful wooded hill a few miles south of Dorking in Surrey. The hill's first notable role in history was as a battlefield in the ninth century struggle between Saxons and Danes. In 851AD the Danes planned a full scale invasion, after raiding the country regularly for many years. In later history Leith Hill was to become a symbol of peace. As the Industrial Revolution gathered pace in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there was a romantic reaction against the new society.

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Priory Farm

Location: Priory Farm       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Priory Farm nestles deep in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Until 1992, it was a traditional working farm and a major supplier to the food industry. Bought by John and Wendy Shinner in 1957, the Farm is now run by brothers Nic and Anthony, the second generation of the family. It is that personal touch combined with expert knowledge that promises Priory Farm and contributes to its unique atmosphere.

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Denbies

Location: Denbies       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Denbies English Vineyard is situated in Dorking, Surrey. An all weather destination, the "Indoor Wine Experience" tours operate all year, the Outdoor Vineyard Train runs daily from March - November. This beautiful estate set in 265 acres is the UK's largest single estate vineyard. Whether you are visiting Surrey or live locally Denbies offers a wide range of interests for all.

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Brooklands Museum

Location: Brooklands Museum       Child: £6.00       Adult: £11.00

Brooklands is the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 - was more than a great sporting arena. Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.

The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft, including the Second World War Wellington Bomber, Viking, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard, VC10, BAC One-Eleven and the only Concorde with public access in South East England.

We hold a wide range of special events, mainly on weekends and during school holidays.  These include car club visits (often with Test Hill in action), Auto Italia Italian Car Day,The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival, aviation events and car rides on weekdays during school holidays. See our Events pages for further details.

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Museum of Farnham

Location: Museum of Farnham       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Museum of Farnham is housed in Willmer House, a Grade I listed building with many original features and a delightful walled garden.  

Here you can discover the tales of William Cobbett and George Sturt whilst marveling at the inventions of John Henry Knight. Over the years Farnham has been home to many artists and craftsmen and the Museum has a fine collection by local artists including Stephen Elmer, WH Allen, Harold Falkner and Sir John Verney, as well as Farnham Greenware.

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