Esher, Surrey

Sharing boundaries with several Greater London boroughs is Esher, a town in the Elmbridge Borough of Surrey, known for its historic and sporting attractions. Esher’s history can be traced back to mentions in the Domesday Book, and it later developed as a stop for Stagecoaches on the London to Portsmouth road.

Esher is also a town with significant Royal Connections, which mostly centre on Claremont House. The house was originally developed by Clive of India, and in the 19th century passed through various generations of the Royal Family. Residents included Princess Charlotte, and Prince Leopold, the Uncle of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria visited the house in her childhood, and later bought the property for her son. The Claremont House of today is a school, although some rooms have been preserved for visitors. Claremont House also stands in substantial grounds, which are also a must-see on a visit to Esher.  Designed and planted in the English landscape style, they were put together by some of the most notable names in gardening history. These include Capability Brown, and William Kent, who both contributed to the development of the gardens and lake, which are now owned by the National Trust, and open to the public.

Staying with the subject of nature, Esher also has a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so if you like the great outdoors, you should head over to Esher Commons and see the variety of landscapes and wildlife in the area. It’s a good place to go for walking and horse riding, with 360 hectares of ponds, woodland, and heathland to explore.

Another highlight of a trip to Esher, could be a visit to the famous Sandown Racecourse. Open all year round for flat and jump racing, the racecourse is easily accessible and just 25 minutes from London Waterloo Station. Corporate events, music nights, and craft shows are just some of the events put on at the racecourse’s facilities, while the racing includes the Coral Eclipse Summer Festival, and the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival, two of the three iconic race meetings in the Sandown Park calendar.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the area, then nearby Cobham, Weybridge, and Walton-on-Thames have a selection of hotels on offer, including familiar chain hotels, luxury country house accommodation, and town centre hotels. As Esher is located within the M25, you’ll have easy access to the City of London, and nearby attractions, such as Thorpe Park, Hampton Court Palace, and Chessington World Of Adventures. The water may prove to be an irresistible pull as well, with The Thames, The Mole, and the River Wey all flowing in and around Elmbridge, offering boat trips, fishing, and other water based activities.

There’s plenty to see or do in Esher and beyond, to suit all ages and tastes, so why not stick around and find out more about this historic part of Surrey.