According to the Telegraph, Dorking ranks fourth on the list of Britain’s top highstreets.

With its combination of independent shops, house price growth and average house price, our Dorking tops the chart along with other beautiful towns like Ampthill, Shefford and Haslemere. Read the complete article here (paywall).

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What makes Dorking’s highstreet so unique?

Just look to its independent spirit. This independence permeates our markets, our shops, our historical buildings, and our digital approach to saving customers money (LoyalFreeApp).

Whether the wild outdoors is your thing, or you’d rather peruse some superb modern art (or antiquities), or you’d rather nest down in a microbrewery / historic coffee shop / award-winning restaurant for a few hours, we’ve something to delight all manner of passions here in our beautiful market town.

It’s because we are a passionate people. Dorking has an independent spirit that separates us from the pack.

Dorking has been, and is, home to some of the most independently spirited and eclectic people around. It’s no surprise that Dorking has been home to actor Laurence Olivier, writer Daniel Defoe, composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, author Benjamin Disraeli, and master builder Thomas Cubitt who built huge areas of London in the 19th Century.

Communities like ours are borne of independent people and of families. You will find activities aplenty to entertain and educate, as well as some incredible outdoor spaces where children can explore and discover their own treasures within the grounds of sites of real historical significance. Dorking caves, anyone?

Explore Dorking Itineraries

Fancy a sneak peak of what you could get up to on your trip to Dorking? Read our suggested itineraries and let us take you on a journey.

A day in Dorking

A weekend break to Dorking

A foodie’s escape

Art fanatic’s adventure

Off the beaten path

Independent spirit

Getting to Dorking

Only 45 minutes from London, with three train stations to choose from, and moments from Gatwick and the M25, Dorking is perfectly situated in the heart of the Surrey Hills.

By Road

For detailed directions, maps, bus routes, cycle routes, and more, please visit our By Road page.

By Rail

For detailed instructions, maps and more, please visit our By Rail page.

On Foot

For detailed walking directions, maps and walking trails, please visit our On Foot page.



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