Looking to move to or in Surrey but not sure whereabouts you should settle? Here are our top five favourite towns in the county to live.
There's a reason values of homes in Surrey's county town hold their price. Guildford is at the epicentre of all things Surrey with a thriving theatre and social scene, some of the best shopping outside of London and a whole host of top performing schools. Trains into the city run four times per hour at peak times and take as little as 43 minutes to get to London Waterloo.
With one of the shortest train times to London in Surrey (26 minutes to London Waterloo), Woking is a popular hotspot for commuters. But there's further reason to move to this former industrial town; in 2017, the Office of National Statistic's annual happiness and wellbeing survey found Woking the happiest place in Surrey and the eighth happiest place in the UK.
It's not just us that think Godalming is a great place to live, last year the pretty town made its inaugural appearance of the annual Sunday Times best places to live list, which considers factors such as crime and education statistics, culture and community spirit, reliable connections, scenery and even the weather.
The market town of Dorking is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside (the chalky slopes of Box Hill are a popular tourist attraction) and prettiest villages in Surrey and, with its three nearby stations, is a popular commuting spot. Famous for holding the largest poultry market in England in the 17th century, Dorking still hosts a traditional market each Friday and is fast becoming a foodie hotspot thanks to new independent restaurants, butchers and delis which have opened in the town.
Said to have the highest number of first-class season ticket holders in the country, and less than 50 minutes to London by train, Haslemere is popular amongst busy professionals working in the city. Georgian and Victorian houses line leafy lanes and the town, which has a plethora of independent shops and cafes including a baker, fishmonger and deli, is surrounded by open countryside. The town has a number of excellent independent and Oftsted 'outstanding'-rated schools.