Things to do
Trace the trials and tribulations of the Tudors on a day out at Hampton Court Palace. Stand in the medieval, tapestry-lined Great Hall, pop into the vast kitchens for a taste of courtly banquets, then enjoy a privileged peek at some of the paintings in the Royal Collection. When you’ve finished wandering the great corridors, why not try and escape the infamous maze?
Surrey’s sporting legacy is just as impressive as its royal heritage. Start with some superb batting and bowling at the Oval – home to Surrey County Cricket Club. Then tackle the same courses that legends Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros have played at the exclusive Wentworth Golf Club, rounded off with an evening of fine dining in the restaurant. Finish with a day at the races at Epsom – perfect as part of long weekend in the country.
Once the site of stately pageants, Virginia Water Lake is now a serene spot for a stroll. There’s an 18th-century miniature waterfall, ‘Roman’ temple from the 1800s, and even a 21st-century totem pole to discover – not to mention ancient woodland to delve into. Or swap this Royal Landscape Garden for a regal hunting ground and head to Nonsuch Park.