Spending the Day in Dorking

located-in-central-surrey-to-the-south-of-london-dorkinLocated in central Surrey, to the south of London, Dorking has many attractions and is the ideal place to base for exploring the beautiful Surrey countryside. Dorking boasts many exquisite historic houses and beautiful gardens and, although known to be a quiet town, it has lots of good restaurants and traditional pubs.

Just northwest of town, Polesden Lacey is the most sought after attraction in Dorking; a fine example of a country mansion with an outstanding garden to boot. Highlights of a visit to Polesden Lacey are the magnificent art and porcelain collection in the regency villa and the wonderful landscape walks, while there is also a shop, restaurant and open-air theater here.

Many visitors also come to Dorking for Denbies Wine Estate situated nearby, which was awarded the SE Visitor Attraction of the Year award in 2002. One of the largest privately owned vineyards in Europe, Denbies Wine Estate is well set-up for visitors, with its chateau-style visitor center, 360-degree special effect cinema, and wine tours. Views from the third-floor restaurant are spectacular. The views are equally good from Box Hill which is one of the main reasons Dorking gets so many visitors. There are plenty of walking trails on this small hill and those adjacent and the walk from the nearby rail station is easy.

As far as museums go, Dorking has the little Dorking and District Museum, with its comprehensive collection of textiles, including: female dress, children and baby clothes, dressed dolls and dolls house furnishings, and sewing equipment.

For leisure, Dorking has the Country Club, which boasts a golf course and beautiful scenery, while a wander around the streets will reveal a collection of UK high street shops together with a collection of specialist stores. There are also some quality eateries in town and lots of charming pubs.