Dorking is just 52 minutes way from London. Twinned with Gouvieux, France 1997 and birthplace of Laurence Olivier and Britain’s oldest breed of chicken – the Dorking chicken gets its name from this delightful market town.
The main station is on the outskirts of town but it’s well worth the short bus ride to explore the town further. You’ll find multiple art galleries, jewellers, and florists as you stroll through the town. West Street is a must-visit, with more antique shops than anyone could need. For decades Dorking high street hosted an iconic game of street football every Shrove Tuesday!
Dorking is also famous for the discovery of a new species of dinosaur. The Baryonyx was discovered in 1983. The amateur fossil hunter, William Walker, came across the new species of fish-eating dinosaur in the side of a clay pit. The skeleton can be seen at the Natural History Museum in London.
There's also an extensive bus network covering the town and local area.
Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, host to the 2012 Olympic Road Race. The hill takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slopes overlooking the River Mole. With breath taking views across the surrounding countryside it’s the perfect place for a family walk and to explore the beautiful Surrey Hills. Get the kids motivated and involved with ‘A Spy Mission’ themed walking treasure trail.
Denbies Vineyard is the largest vineyard in the UK. With a fantastic reputation you can visit, eat, drink and even sleep here with their fantastic accommodation – more on this later. Denbies wine now competes on an international level, including multiple gold awards for sparkling wine production and the first ever gold for an English rose wine.
For fine dining head to Michelin Starred Sorrel’s. Inspired by simplicity, discovery and the ingredients themselves, the menu is constantly changing and evolving to follow and reflect the seasons.
Dynasty is located in High Street and has a great reputation and prides itself on serving freshly made European and British cuisine with dishes prepared using locally sourced ingredients.
If pub grub is more your thing then try The Queen’s Head. Recently refurbished this is the new gem of Dorking High Street, providing a relaxed setting for lunch, dinner and drinks. For a coffee or a bite to eat head to Jam Pots Café where you are always guaranteed a warm welcome.
There’s a wide selection of hotels in Dorking - here’s some of our suggestions.
Principal Wotton House hotel is a picturesque country getaway, an ideal venue for wedding or special occasion with an abundance of beautifully decorated suites and bedrooms.
The White Horse was a coaching inn, with a history dating back as far as 1278. The property has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment and overhaul of both the public spaces, dining concept, and 56 bedrooms.
Offering stylish accommodation, a destination restaurant, as well as an all-new bar and deli concept, The Dozen, specialising in local Surrey produce. Rest your head at the aforementioned Denbies B&B after a spot of wine tasting.