It's worth considering car rental; Woking and the nearby areas have much to offer to intrepid travellers...
Sitting just outside the M25 - the London Orbital motorway - and within half an hour of central London by train, Woking is a popular commuter town and it offers all the amenities that residents and visitors could want. However, with a long and fascinating history tucked under its belt, Woking showcases its heritage at a number of excellent attractions - so don't let the town's functionality fool you.
Swirling around a lovely new focal point called Jubilee Square, the centre of Woking is packed with tempting cafés and restaurants, shops, theatres, galleries and a couple of striking pieces of public art - including a seven-metre tall Martian. It makes perfect sense when you know that HG Wells wrote 'The War of the Worlds' in Woking, a story set in Surrey.
For more tales of fancy, book tickets to see performances at either the New Victoria Theatre or the Rhoda McGaw Theatre. The two sit side by side at the heart of town. The Lightbox gallery and museum is just across the road and home to a dazzling display of pieces from the art world, as well as exhibits that study Woking's past.
On the outskirts of town, around a five-minute drive from the centre of Woking, you'll find the remains of Woking Palace. Henry VIII was a frequent visitor during his reign, even honeymooning at the palace with one of his six wives. It's only open on select days throughout the year so check in advance if you hope to visit. A more recent architectural highlight comes in the exquisite form of the Shah Jahan Mosque. Built in 1889, it's the oldest in the UK.
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It'll take about an hour to drive to the capital of London, where a wealth of attractions awaits travellers. There are: excellent museums; green spaces, such as Hyde Park; historic sites, from the Tower of London to St Paul's Cathedral; family attractions, including the London Eye, London Zoo and Madame Tussauds; a throng of theatres; shops, galleries, markets... the list goes on and on and one day simply won't be enough.
Of course there is much to see outside the centre of the nation's capital. Lovers of history and, simply, lovers, will not want to miss the glorious Hampton Court Palace, where much of Henry VIII's tumultuous love life played out. The house and gardens are simply beautiful and it takes only 30 minutes by road to reach the attraction from Woking.
A visit to the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a must for fans of the great outdoors. Walk to the pinnacle of the tallest peak, Leith Hill, for commanding views of the county.
Epsom Downs Racecourse is also within a short drive of Woking (you can reach the famed course in around 35 minutes). The summertime Derby is a highlight of the horse-racing calendar, though the venue stages many events throughout the year.
Families that go wild for theme park thrills are spoilt for choice during stays in Woking, as both Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park are less than a 30-minute drive away.