Surrey features everything from historic market towns to sophisticated suburbs to deepest countryside – it's the most wooded county in England. It's also a great place to enjoy family life, with a firmly established and settled community, as well as lots of input from Londoners who have chosen to make it their home. Surrey has several major family attractions such as Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, and the brand new Hobbledown, (which opened in July 2012), all situated in the north east of the county and within the M25.
For nature-lovers, family-friendly days out include Birdworld – where children can handle some of their cuddlier residents – and Bocketts Farm Park, a working family farm. Tiny petrol heads can enjoy a free tour of Mercedes Benz world and under 5s go free at Brooklands museum, the birthplace of British Motorsport and aviation, and also the home of Concorde.
Hampton Court Palace and gardens offer a variety of family activities and a dedicated family room with large lego blocks and dressing up clothes for the under-5s. Other historic properties include the National Trust's Clandon Park near Guildford, Polesdon Lacey, near Dorking and the rather unusual 20th-century Modernist house and garden, The Homewood.
The Surrey Hills are designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and cover one quarter of the county. Other countryside treats include Alice Holt Forest, Newlands Corner and Box Hill, which is overlooked by the Denbies wine estate, the largest vineyard in England.
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