Surrey is located southwest of the City of London. The Surrey county town is Guildford but much of the government administration is located in Kingston Upon the Thames. Surrey is considered the wealthiest county of England. And it is known for its large number of London commuters. Some major tourist attractions can be found within Surrey. Hampton Court Palace, initially begun by Cardinal Wolsey, eventually became the property of Henry VIII is located in Richmond upon Thames, Surrey. The Key Palace and Kew Gardens are located in Richmond upon Thames, Surrey where you can explore over 300 acres of gardens. Surrey is also the home of the famous Epsom Downs Racecourse. Some of the major towns in Surrey are: Kingston Upon Thames, Richmond Upon Thames, Epsom and Walton on Thames.

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Surrey Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in England

Surrey is a county located in South East England. It is called one of the “Home Counties,” which are various counties in both South East England and East of England that form the area located around London. However, London itself is located neither in South East England or in East of England, but is considered to be its own county. Surrey not only borders London, but also West Sussex, East Sussex, Berkshire, Kent and Hampshire. Surrey, South East England is considered to have one of the smallest total areas in England. Although Surrey is a petite county, it has a fairly large population and has been ranked the twelfth most populated county in England. Surrey’s government is run under the Surrey County Council that is composed of eighty elected councillors. The Surrey County Council is responsible for Surrey’s eleven districts: Woking, Waverley, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Epsom and Ewell, Runnymede, Tandridge, Guildford, Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead.

Before Surrey, South East England became a county, it was located in what is known today as Hampshire. The area was initially settled by a tribe known as the Atrebates. They had control of this area until the Saxons overthrew and inhabited Surrey in the fifth and sixth centuries. The name “Surrey” has a Saxon meaning of “South Ridge,” but “Surrey” originated from the word “Sudergeona,” meaning “southern region.” Sudergeona was a Saxon sub-kingdom of a larger kingdom that included Middlesex in 673 A.D. During these Saxon times, Surrey became an important area because at least seven Saxon Kings were crowned in the town of Kingston upon Thames. Though Kingston upon Thames is now considered to be outside of the borders of Surrey, South East England, it is still the place of residence for Surrey County Council’s administrative center of operations.

In the late eighteenth century, Surrey began to develop turnpike roads and a system that used stage coaches. The county then began to transform with the advancement of railways, which enabled many people who worked in London to travel to their Surrey homes quickly. These railways brought much growth to Surrey, South East England’s economy. During the nineteenth century, the county of Surrey became important in the growth of architecture and landscape. The landscape had been shaped by over 10,000 years of human activity in the county. Surrey’s architecture and landscape began to and has continued to attract many visitors to take Surrey vacations throughout the year.
Today, many people are attracted to this county because of its unique Surrey accommodations, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering cottages, modern apartments and farmhouse barns. Many of these Surrey accommodations offer private parking on grounds and public transportation to the county’s most popular sites. Some of the top-rated sites in Surrey include the Watts Chapel, the Brooklands Museum, the RHS Gardens Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. When looking for Surrey accommodations, has different variations to meet your specific needs.