About the Organisation
A VERY WARM WELCOME TO SURREY!
Surrey, in the south-east of England, is a county full of surprises – we’re just a stone’s throw from London - but a million miles from the capital’s hustle and bustle!
We are bordered by Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire and Greater London, and the county town is popularly considered to be Guildford, although Surrey County Council is based in Kingston upon Thames (a London borough since 1965). With a population of 1.1 million, Surrey is the third-most-populous county in the South East.
Surrey is a wealthy county due to various economic, aesthetic, and logistical factors, and has the highest GDP per capita of any English county. However, whilst being a wealthy county, with almost the lowest unemployment figures in the UK, there are also some pockets of deprivation across the county as a whole.
The county also has excellent transport links, with access to major arterial road routes including the M25, M3 and M23, and frequent rail services into London (it’s just over 20 minutes from Woking to Waterloo). The two largest airports in the country, Heathrow and Gatwick, are also in close proximity.
As well as being demographically and economically diverse, Surrey is also geographically varied, with so much to see and do. As England’s leafiest county, you’ll discover the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, complete with the highest point in the south east of England, Leith Hill. We've got expanses of ancient heathland, beautiful stretches of waterways – with the Thames and the River Wey amongst them - and many stunning scenic landscapes close at hand, including royal landscapes such as Windsor Great Park and Bushy Park. The following are just a few of the other highlights:
- Beautiful heritage sites such as Hampton Court Palace, Polesden Lacy, Waverley Abbey, and Painshill Park
- Four renowned race courses - and 141 golf courses, including the internally acclaimed Wentworth course!
- Family focussed venues, including Brooklands, Thorpe Park, and Chessington World Adventure of Adventure (with Legoland just across the border in Berkshire)
- Museums, for example in Guildford and Chertsey, providing local histories
- Market towns such as Farnham, Godalming, Dorking, Cobham and Epsom, as well as picture postcard English villages
- 100s of top quality pubs, restaurants, clubs and cafés
Surrey County has all that you need for a great work/life balance. So we hope that this has given you enough of a flavour of the county to want to come and join us here at Surrey Choices!