Surely, Mr Lonely Planet writer David Else, we can't be talking about the same Surrey! Judging by your ill-informed conclusions, I bet my bottom dollar that you dont have the privilege to live in this charming, lively, beautiful county. Let me fill you in on a few things you must have missed during your research trips to leafy Surrey ...
Perhaps you have forgotten that Richmond which is home to the expansive Richmond Park, Kew Gardens and the only view in England to be protected by an Act of Parliament. Thats right - the view from Richmond Hill is protected by the Richmond, Ham and Petersham Open Spaces Act to preserve the beauty immortalised in paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds and J.M.W. Turner, which was once described by Sir Walter Scott as "an unrivalled landscape".... In Surrey.
|View from Richmond Hill|
Photo: National Trust
Have you ever heard of the Magna Carta, Mr Else? Look it up and you may find that the super important document was signed in Runnymede, just outside Egham in Surrey. The memorials that are there today were even worth a visit from John F Kennedy! After a visit to Runnymede, you can drive down the A30 toward Egham and look to your left where you'll see Royal Holloway University. Not even the most hungover student would call this amazing building "dull". Major photo opportunity!
|Royal Holloway University|
Because I'm a nice lady, I'll give you some insider information - the best part about Surrey are the lovely, charming villages dotted around the county, especially those in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (you know about those special areas, don't you?). The villages of Elstead, Seale, Tilford and Shere are reason enough to visit Surrey.
Need more? Surrey has the most golf courses of any county in England, the lowest crime rate, the most area of densely wooded land and is home to the likes of Pete Townshend, Dame Judi Dench, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and me! Now, don't be hatin' Mr. E - I realise that not everyone is lucky enough to live in Surrey, but everyone (other than you, I'm afraid) is welcome to visit.