Head southwest of London, and you’ll find yourself in the charming county of Surrey. Dotted around the expansive countryside, there are picturesque villages, historic towns and fascinating day trip locations. With everything from classic castles and living ecological enclosures to Guildford galleries and motoring museums, Surrey has plenty on offer for your next visit.
The base of operations for the World Wildlife Federation, the Living Planet Centre is a hub of conservation, sustainability and environmental activities. With a mission to educate its visitors on the works of the WWF and what everyone can do to help some of the world’s most endangered species, the centre makes for a fascinating day out. Open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, the centre is located in the heart of Woking and is available for tours, workshops and can even be hired for private events.
One of the few remaining purpose-built lidos from the 1930s in the country, Guildford Lido is one of the best-hidden treasures of the city. An excellent spot during the summer, the lido is surrounded by over 4 acres (1.6ha) of land and features carefully crafted gardens, paddling pools for younger ones and even a miniature golf course. Only open from April to September, the lido is definitely a destination for the summer and especially refreshing on a hot day.
Built nearly a thousand years ago, with the exact date uncertain but estimated to be around the time of William the Conqueror, Guildford Castle is a fantastic reminder of Surrey’s rich history. On top of interesting exhibits and panels showcasing the castle’s history, there is also a viewing platform to take in some amazing views of surrounding Guildford. Tickets are reasonably priced, and the nearby castle gardens are also well worth a visit.