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Places of interest in Surrey and West Sussex

Significant landscapes in Surrey include Box Hill just north of Dorking; the Devil's Punch Bowl at Hindhead and Frensham Common. Leith Hill south west of Dorking in the Greensand Ridge is the second highest point in south-east England.


Witley Common and Thursley Common are expansive areas of ancient heathland south of Godalming run by the National Trust and Ministry of Defence. The Surrey Hills are an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

More manicured landscapes can be seen at Claremont Landscape Garden, south of Esher (dating from 1715). There is also Winkworth Arboretum south east of Godalming and Windlesham Arboretum near Lightwater created in the 20th century.

Wisley is home to the Royal Horticultural Society gardens. Kew, historically part of Surrey but now in Greater London, features the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as The National Archives for England & Wales.

There are 80 Surrey Wildlife Trust reserves with at least one in all 11 non-metropolitan districts.

Surrey's important country houses include the Tudor mansion of Loseley Park, built in the 1560s and Clandon Park, an 18th-century Palladian mansion in West Clandon to the east of Guildford. Nearby Hatchlands Park in East Clandon, was built in 1758 with Robert Adam interiors and a collection of keyboard instruments. Polesden Lacey south of Great Bookham is a regency villa with extensive grounds. On a smaller scale, Oakhurst Cottage in Hambledon near Godalming is a restored 16th-century worker's home.

A canal system, the Wey and Godalming Navigations is linked to the Wey and Arun Canal with future full reopening expected after 2015. Dapdune Wharf in Guildford commemorates the work of the canal system and is home to a restored Wey barge, the Reliance. Furthermore on the River Tillingbourne, Shalford Mill is an 18th century water-mill.

Runnymede at Egham is the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

Guildford Cathedral is a post-war cathedral built from bricks made from the clay hill on which it stands.

Brooklands Museum recognises the motoring past of Surrey. The county is also home to the theme parks Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures.

Castles, houses and other buildings

  • Arundel Castle

  • Barnham Windmill

  • Christ's Hospital, an old charitable school notable for its archaic uniforms and picturesque campus.

  • Goodwood House and Goodwood Motor Circuit

  • High Salvington windmill

  • Hurstpierpoint College, a public school, notable for its substantial Sussex flint buildings and large campus.

  • Lancing College, a public school, notable for its substantial Sussex sandstone chapel and large campus.

  • Seaford College, a public school known for its large campus.

  • Nymans house and gardens, a National Trust property near Hand cross, Haywards Heath.

  • Petworth House and deer park.

  • Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead - Home of the McIndoe burns centre. Pioneered reconstructive surgery for burns patients during the Second World War.

  • Sackville College, a Jacobean almshouse in East Grinstead.

  • Shipley Windmill, (no longer open to the public).

  • Standen, East Grinstead.

  • Uppark, a 17th century mansion high on the South Downs.

  • Cobnor House, home to the Beale Family who were heavily involved with Chichester Harbour.

  • Museums

    Wakehurst Place Gardens, Ardingly

  • Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

  • Steyning Museum

  • Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

  • Horsham Museum

  • Weald and Downland Open Air Museum of historic buildings at Singleton

  • Nature

  • Pagham Harbour - A protected area of wetland that is an important feeding ground for birds.

  • RSPB Pulborough Brooks

  • Selsey Bill

  • South Downs Way - a long distance footpath

  • Stansted Park

  • Tilgate Park

  • Wakehurst Place

  • WWT Arundel (a nature reserve of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust)

  • Ancient history

  • Bignor Roman Villa

  • Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring, ancient hill forts located on the South Downs

  • Devil's Jumps, a group of Bronze Age burial mounds on the South Downs

  • Fishbourne Roman Palace

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