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Surrey – A Martian landing site in “War of the Worlds”
Due to its close proximity to London, Surrey has long been a county popular with commuters, and as a result is considered one of the richest in the UK, having the highest proportion of millionaires in the country.
As Surrey is landlocked, it has managed to avoid many of the conflicts seen in other counties over the centuries. Like other parts of Britain, it was influenced by the Romans and the Saxons, who conquered and settled in Surrey during the 5th and 6th centuries. The county was also able to escape much of the fighting during the English Civil War (in 1642-6).
Although few reminders of earlier times have survived in Surrey, there are still many wonderful buildings that have.
As London expanded, many of the areas that were once part of Surrey have now been incorporated into “Greater London”, such as Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton for example.
Reasons to visit Surrey
Surrey has some beautiful landscapes, and whilst it is difficult to list them all, some of the main ones are Box Hill (offering panoramic views of the western Weald), Leith Hill (the second highest point in south-east England) and The Surrey Hills, which covers one quarter of the county and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Other areas of interest include Losely and Clandon Park, The Wey and Godalming Navigations (canal sections mixed in with the River Wey), Runnymede at Egham (the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215), Guildford Cathedral and Brooklands (displaying motoring history in Surrey).
There are also two theme parks in Surrey, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures. You can even find a sculpture of a Martian Tripod in Woking, which acknowledges the landing of Martians in Surrey from the original version of the book “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells.
Entertainment and Dining in Surrey
There are many theatres and cinemas in Surrey, along with nightclubs and pubs. Restaurants include Anderson’s in Farnham, The Oak Room at Great Fosters in Egham and Hamilton’s in Chertsey.
Accommodation in Surrey
There are some excellent camping areas in Surrey, along with the usual offering of Guest Houses and B&Bs. Hotels include the Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge and Langshott Manor in Horley.