Surrey is famed for many things; incredible views, a rich history, excellent transport links and plenty more. Spread over nearly a third of the county, the Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and one of the main reasons people choose to live and visit here. The hills give Surrey the densest woodland cover in England (more than 20% of the land area is covered by trees) and remain under conservation due to their cultural significance as the Green Belt of London. The unspoiled countryside is dotted with quaint towns and makes for a relaxing getaway from the city. No matter where you are in Surrey, you’re never more than a 45-minute train journey to London. The significance of the Surrey Hills and South Downs goes back decades and is renowned for inspiring some of the country’s most prominent authors like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Be sure to check out our list of restaurants in Surrey with a great view, to make the most of the gorgeous vistas.
When visiting Surrey, make sure to pay a visit to one of the local farmers markets. There is at least one every day throughout the county, the most famous being the Ripley Market. A plethora of local produce is sold here, from pasture-fed beef to Surrey’s own blue cheese Norbury Blue. Or if you’re more of an urban shopper, you’ll be pleased to hear that Surrey is the designer capital of the south (not including London), so head to one of the many towns for everything from independent boutiques to popular high street chains.