Itinerary ideas

Spend some quality time in Surrey's most modern and vibrant town, with our suggestions for a great day out.

Town centre attractions

Adults and children alike enjoy spending time at the award-winning The Lightbox gallery and museum, with its special events, art workshops, canal-side cafe and gift shop.

Catch an evening or matinee West End touring show at the New Victoria Theatre, the regioon's largest theatre outside London.

Pop into WWF-UK's stunning Living Planet Centre to find out about the worldwide charity's environmental aims.

All the big shopping names are undercover in the accessible Wolsey Place and The Peacocks shopping centres, alongside Woking's artisan market.

The Basingstoke Canal and River Wey Navigation cross the borough, linking many of the borough's villages. Sites of special scientific interest, both offer fantastic opportunities for walks, cycling, boating and wildlife-spotting. Horsell Common borders the town, and

2016 marked the 150 year anniversary of the birth of H G Wells, who made Woking infamous in his novel The War of the Worlds. Within the town centre, a variety of artwork can be enjoyed, including his larger-than-life statue and subway mosaic and towering 'Martian' sculpture on Chobham Road, and creative tributes to the author within the Ogilvy and the Herbert Wells pubs on Chertsey Road. Why not follow the self-guided trail around the town and out to sites of interest in Maybury and on Horsell Common?

Nearby attractions

Brookwood Cemetery, which opened in 1854 as The London Necropolis, offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, where regular guided walks are on offer, led by members of the cemetery society. Brookwood can also be reached easily by rail, direct from Woking.

Woking Palace, a favourite hunting ground of Henry VIII, is located in Old Woking, and open on special heritage weekends.

The Shah Jahan Mosque on Oriental Road was built in 1889, and is Grade I listed. It is the country's first purpose built mosque. Nearby, the Grade II Peace Garden at the WWII Muslim Burial Ground, is a haven of tranquillity, nestled at the edge of Horsell Common. The Mosque and Peace Garden are each a 15 minute walk from the town centre.

Mizens railway is a miniature railway in Knaphill, with plenty of events to interest families and enthusiasts alike. The railway has its own car park, and is on a frequent bus route between Woking and Knaphill.

Adventure golf is available at Pirate Island, at Hoe Bridge in Old Woking.

Brooklands Museum, the birthpace of British motorsport and aviation, is just five miles down the road in Weybridge, with special events taking place throughout the year.

Further afield

If you have already experienced the best of Woking, or are in the area for a longer stay, why not explore further afield and Visit Surrey? You can plan a county-wide itinerary on their site too.

Birdworld in Farnham is situated in 26 acres of landscaped gardens and has a large collection of birds from around the world, as well as the Jenny Wren Farm, and Underwater World of tropical fish and other sealife. Farnham is 15 miles away, off the A31. Trains go direct from Woking to Farnham, where you'll find taxis that can take you to Birdworld.

Chessington World of Adventures theme park is part of the Merlin Group, with a wide range of entertainment for all the family.

Legoland in Windsor is a great family day out. Buses from Woking to Windsor require a change at Staines-on-Thames bus station.

Hampton Court Palace is a half-hour drive away, and offers a fascinating look at royal life in the past. Trains to Hampton Court from Woking require a change at Surbiton.

Hit the beach!

Portsmouth is easily accessible by train from Woking, and offers a great day out, taking you direct to the designer shops at Gunwharf Quays and the impressive historic dockyard alongside Southsea beach.

Bournemouth and Weymouth are just an hour away by a direct rail service from Woking, and have some of the most attractive beaches in the country.

Or why not try the Isle of Wight, which can be reached via ferry from Portsmouth?