Antiques, Cockerels and a Thespian all in the lush Surrey HillsThe many surprises in Dorking
We were staying in the heart of Dorking nestled in the Surrey Hills and home to one of southern England’s largest vineyards.
Dorking sits along the ancient Roman Road of Stane Street built by the Romans to connect London with Chichester.
Dorking’s history doesn’t stop there; however, it has tales of a Pilgrim Father, a Dickensian coaching inn and is the birthplace of a thespian of note, to mention just a few.
Dorking and Charles DickensThe Pickwick Papers
Dorking's Heritage trailStepping through the town's history
Just so you know, there are two self-guided trails signposted around the town.
As you stroll through Dorking, you’ll come across the informative plaques that give you a little bit more of the local history.
Also, an insight into who would have frequented these streets and lanes in years gone by.
Dorking Museum & Heritage CentreDiscover more on the town
For just a couple of pounds take a wander around the Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre.
It may look relatively small, but it is full of plenty of local history, interactive exhibits and great insight into the folk of Dorking.
Discover DorkingAnd its Antiques Quarter
Explore DorkingAnd its architecture
Notable residents of DorkingA few famous locals
Amongst other local people of prominence was the architect Thomas Cubitt.
Notable for the building and design of some of London’s historical and beautiful squares, around Bloomsbury and Belgravia.
Just opposite the statue for Thomas Cubitt stands a sculpture of Ralph Vaughn Williams, the English composer and conductor.
The figure takes pride of place outside Dorking Halls Theatre, where Ralph Vaughn Williams staged some of his performances.
Where to eat and drink in DorkingIt's time to take a rest
Or if you’re in the heart of the High Street pop into The Dozen bar in the White Horse coaching inn.
Themed with all things equine and a nod to Charles Dickens ”Pickwick Papers”.
Discover more of SurreyJust out of town
How to get to Dorking
You can catch a train from London Victoria or Waterloo direct to Dorking (Main) Station, which takes around 50 to 55 minutes.
Our chosen transport option was to drive, as it gave us the freedom to tour around. Pop in your location details then Rental Cars will search well-known car hire brands and discover the deals that suit you the best.
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