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Whether the wild outdoors is your thing, professional football (this weekend it’s Wanderers v Maidenhead) 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 of Dorking. 

Here we will share how to make the most of your time here in just three days. With so much to see and do (and eat!), we have excellent recommendations — made by a world traveller who happens to call Dorking home. 

Don't forget to sign up to alerts and follow us on socials. Every Friday, Hello Dorking provides a “What’s On” in Dorking, so you can find what’s happening in town. We are on all social media platforms, so you can find the details at @HelloDorking.

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Day One

If you’re a practised mini-breaker who has already found Dorking, we salute you. For those who haven’t found our secret? Let us share something special; when you’ve more than a few hours, the doors to all things Dorking start to open. The town centre starts to reach outwards, and the stunning Surrey Hills open up before you. Life here is paced to match you, so don’t hurry – enjoy the views, the atmosphere, the lifestyle. Take a weekend, and let us show you around!

Whether you arrive by train or car, you can’t fail to see the lush landscape opening out before you as you arrive. Start to breathe, set down your bags, and then get in the mood by taking in a little culture at the volunteer-led Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre.

So now you’re starting to unwind, let’s grab a welcoming aperitif in our fabulous White Horse on the High Street, the Grape Variety, or grab a sundowner at the Old House or the multi-award winning Cobbetts Beer Shop and Micropub. Those in the know book a room at the White Horse Hotel too, but either way it’s a great base to begin your weekend away, especially if you go authentic and try out our local gins from Silent Pool and the Gin Kitchen.

Time for some pampering? A little refresh ready for the evening? We’ve a host of stylish salons at your disposal; pop in to Darren James Bye, the multi-award-winning Teresa Weller Hair Art, Unparalleled Hair, or Dorking Barbers on the High Street for a quick men’s trim and old fashioned wet shave. If you’re looking for a specialist, expert spa treatment, why not pop into Si Salon or the full service, award-winning Mayflower Spa for complete luxury pampering?

Afterwards, head down the High Street into South Street to the fabulous award-winning Queen’s Head for dinner. If the sun is shining, you can grab a table in the garden or, if it’s a little chilly, snag a cosy table inside in the corner (number 7 is our favourite). They serve up pub classics with a modern twist and the portions are hearty and generous. There’s always a terrific atmosphere here and the bar staff are first class. Or if you fancy amazing Asian cuisine, we are spoilt for choice: walk back up the high street to Sang Thai, we have the friendly and fresh Chinese Fountain Garden on West Street and Chifan Restaurant at the top of town (a local favourite), and then there’s Dorking Brasserie on Junction Road. 

Fancy dancing the night away with a fabulous DJ? Boogie on down to Knox at 287 High Street where you'll find the perfect combination of the right dining with amazing cocktails and a gorgeous space to show your moves.

The Grape Variety (TGV) at 272 High Street combines an emerald tiled bar, chandeliers and views out to Denbies vineyard, TGV Dorking is the perfect place to pop in for happy hour with colleagues or enjoy a bottle of something chilled for date night.

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Day Two

There’s always a great buzz on a Saturday morning in Dorking and there’s a range of breakfast options available to you. Holmestores does the best Mexican Eggs and avocado on toast and perfectly formed full english breakfast (as well as vegan and gluten-free options), and they serve a mean fresh coffee that comes from beans from the local Box Hill roastery. If last night was a good one, you might want  to try Pepe’s instead, where they will cook you up the works or a terrific sausage butty on floury doorstop bread.

Get your shop on for the rest of the day with a bit of retail therapy with our other itineraries – shopper’s delight, or partake in the foodie escape, or go on an art adventure around Dorking. The choice is yours. Just remember to make dinner reservations!

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Day Three

We love Sundays in Dorking. One of the joys of living here is that within minutes of the bustling town, you can step out and find yourself in the surrounding countryside of the Surrey Hills.

Grab yourself a bite at Too Many Cooks on South Street, historic Mullins Coffee Shop on West Street, or the new Putty Cakes cafe, all of which offer a delicious selection of coffee, tea and CAKE — it’s just a case of finding an available table amidst the weekend bustle. If you fancy something sweet, pop in to Cosy Moose at Pump Corners for one, or a box of macarons or the brand new, family owned Coughlan’s Bakery at 156 High Street.

If you want to get your antiques shop on, visit Talbots - open seven days a week - a veritable emporium of antiques goodies on West Street.

And then go off the beaten path for the day. Discover the Deepdene Trail, hike to Leith Hill, check out the Stepping Stones or pick your own adventure in our glorious part of the Surrey Hills. Check out our 'off the beaten path' itinerary and list of Dorking Museum tours. You won’t regret it.

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Photos courtesy of Dorking Camera Club, Mullins Coffee Shop and The Queens Head.

If you’re a practised mini-breaker who has already found Dorking, we salute you. For those who haven’t found our secret? Let us share something special; when you’ve more than a few hours, the doors to all things Dorking start to open. The town centre starts to reach outwards, and the stunning Surrey Hills open up before you. Life here is paced to match you, so don’t hurry – enjoy the views, the atmosphere, the lifestyle. Take a weekend, and let us show you around:

Friday

Whether you arrive by train or car, you can’t fail to see the lush landscape opening out before you as you arrive. Start to breathe, set down your bags, and then get in the mood by taking in a little culture at the volunteer-led Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre.

So now you’re starting to unwind, let’s grab a welcoming aperitif in the Grape Variety, Knox, or grab a sundowner at the Old House or the multi-award winning Cobbetts Beer Shop and Micropub. Those in the 'know' know that soon they can book a room at the White Horse - with its grand reopening coming soon, but either way it’s a great base to begin your weekend away, especially if you go authentic and try out our local gins from Silent Pool and the Gin Kitchen.

Time for some pampering? A little refresh ready for the evening? We’ve a host of stylish salons at your disposal; pop in to Darren James Bye, the multi-award-winning Teresa Weller Hair Art, Unparalleled Hair, or Dorking Barbers on the High Street for a quick men’s trim and old fashioned wet shave. If you’re looking for a specialist, expert spa treatment, why not pop into Si Salon or the full service, award-winning Mayflower Spa for complete luxury pampering?

Afterwards, head down the High Street into South Street to the fabulous award-winning Queen’s Head for dinner. If the sun is shining, you can grab a table in the garden or, if it’s a little chilly, snag a cosy table inside in the corner (number 7 is our favourite). They serve up pub classics with a modern twist and the portions are hearty and generous. There’s always a terrific atmosphere here and the bar staff are first class. Or if you fancy amazing Asian cuisine, we are spoilt for choice: walk back up the high street to Sang Thai, we have the friendly and fresh Chinese Fountain Garden on West Street and Chifan Restaurant at the top of town (a local favourite), and then there’s Dorking Brasserie on Junction Road. 

Whether the wild outdoors is your thing, professional football (this weekend it’s Wanderers v Maidenhead) 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 of Dorking. 

Here we will share how to make the most of your time here in just three days. With so much to see and do (and eat!), we have excellent recommendations — made by a world traveller who happens to call Dorking home. 

Don't forget to sign up to alerts and follow us on socials. Every Friday, Hello Dorking provides a “What’s On” in Dorking, so you can find what’s happening in town. We are on all social media platforms, so you can find the details at @HelloDorking.

Surrey Hills Live

Day One

If you’re a practised mini-breaker who has already found Dorking, we salute you. For those who haven’t found our secret? Let us share something special; when you’ve more than a few hours, the doors to all things Dorking start to open. The town centre starts to reach outwards, and the stunning Surrey Hills open up before you. Life here is paced to match you, so don’t hurry – enjoy the views, the atmosphere, the lifestyle. Take a weekend, and let us show you around!

Whether you arrive by train or car, you can’t fail to see the lush landscape opening out before you as you arrive. Start to breathe, set down your bags, and then get in the mood by taking in a little culture at the volunteer-led Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre.

So now you’re starting to unwind, let’s grab a welcoming aperitif in our fabulous White Horse on the High Street, the Grape Variety, or grab a sundowner at the Old House or the multi-award winning Cobbetts Beer Shop and Micropub. Those in the know book a room at the White Horse Hotel too, but either way it’s a great base to begin your weekend away, especially if you go authentic and try out our local gins from Silent Pool and the Gin Kitchen.

Time for some pampering? A little refresh ready for the evening? We’ve a host of stylish salons at your disposal; pop in to Darren James Bye, the multi-award-winning Teresa Weller Hair Art, Unparalleled Hair, or Dorking Barbers on the High Street for a quick men’s trim and old fashioned wet shave. If you’re looking for a specialist, expert spa treatment, why not pop into Si Salon or the full service, award-winning Mayflower Spa for complete luxury pampering?

Afterwards, head down the High Street into South Street to the fabulous award-winning Queen’s Head for dinner. If the sun is shining, you can grab a table in the garden or, if it’s a little chilly, snag a cosy table inside in the corner (number 7 is our favourite). They serve up pub classics with a modern twist and the portions are hearty and generous. There’s always a terrific atmosphere here and the bar staff are first class. Or if you fancy amazing Asian cuisine, we are spoilt for choice: walk back up the high street to Sang Thai, we have the friendly and fresh Chinese Fountain Garden on West Street and Chifan Restaurant at the top of town (a local favourite), and then there’s Dorking Brasserie on Junction Road. 

Fancy dancing the night away with a fabulous DJ? Boogie on down to Knox at 287 High Street where you'll find the perfect combination of the right dining with amazing cocktails and a gorgeous space to show your moves.

The Grape Variety (TGV) at 272 High Street combines an emerald tiled bar, chandeliers and views out to Denbies vineyard, TGV Dorking is the perfect place to pop in for happy hour with colleagues or enjoy a bottle of something chilled for date night.

Saturday

There’s always a great buzz on a Saturday morning in Dorking and there’s a range of breakfast options available to you. Holmestores does the best Mexican Eggs and avocado on toast and perfectly formed full english breakfast (as well as vegan and gluten-free options), and they serve a mean fresh coffee that comes from beans from the local Box Hill roastery. If last night was a good one, you might want  to try Pepe’s instead, where they will cook you up the works or a terrific sausage butty on floury doorstop bread.

Get your shop on for the rest of the day with a bit of retail therapy with our other itineraries – shopper’s delight, or partake in the foodie escape, or go on an art adventure around Dorking. The choice is yours. Just remember to make dinner reservations!

Sunday

We love Sundays in Dorking. One of the joys of living here is that within minutes of the bustling town, you can step out and find yourself in the surrounding countryside of the Surrey Hills.

Grab yourself a bite at Too Many Cooks on South Street, historic Mullins Coffee Shop on West Street, or the new Putty Cakes cafe, all of which offer a delicious selection of coffee, tea and CAKE — it’s just a case of finding an available table amidst the weekend bustle. If you fancy something sweet, pop in to Cosy Moose at Pump Corners for one, or a box of macarons or the brand new, family owned Coughlan’s Bakery at 156 High Street.

And then go off the beaten path for the day. Discover the Deepdene Trail, hike to Leith Hill, check out the Stepping Stones or pick your own adventure in our glorious part of the Surrey Hills. Check out our 'off the beaten path' itinerary and list of Dorking Museum tours. You won’t regret it.

Image credits: Dorking Camera Club

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Dorking is a food enthusiasts dream, with a whole host of cuisines to satisfy your mood. From Michelin stars to dining under the stars, Dorking has something for everyone – as well as an array of shops and market stalls to ensure you take some fabulous local fare home with you. We asked a local world traveler (seriously, she's traveled the globe) to share her favourite itinerary with us and here it is, a day-in-the-life of a food and drink enthusiast in Dorking…    

Start your day with a Mullins Coffee Shop breakfast, on a site where food and history combine. It’s the only remaining Pilgrim Home in the whole of the UK, and a beacon of the local and historic life of Dorking Town. Well worth a visit. If freshly baked macarons are your thing, head over to Cosy Moose on Pump corner (they also make wonderful smoothies)! Dorking is also the proud new home to Putty Cakes and Coughlan's Bakery. You really are spoilt for choice here - it is a bit of a bakery haven.

Get in the foodie mood and pick up some of your own fine local produce at the unmissable Dorking Butchery. Alex, Gary and the team have created THE most fantastic multi-award winning butchery for miles. Their outstanding service and first-class produce means that this shop is packed out 24–7. If you’re really lucky, they might have their cheese & marmite sausages on, but if not, splash out on the Cote de Boeuf. It is to die for…

And don’t forget the drinks! Pop into The Vineyard, Dorking’s independent wine merchant, where John and the team stock a variety of wines, gins and spirits. If it’s Saturday there are usually a couple of treats open for tasting too. Or if you’re more of a brewery fan get over to Cobbett’s Real Ales, where you can sample some of Dorking’s finest offerings in their cool micro-brewery at the back - and then buy in the shop to re-sample later!

Or you could head across the road to The Star pub, a real Dorking institution which is tiny, quirky and almost always packed with locals spilling out onto the pavement tables. The King’s Arms is just down the road on West Street and is the oldest, most fabulous spot for live music in the evenings. For more of a restaurant experience, walk a couple of minutes to Rialto on South Street to sample some delicious Italian cuisine for all the family. If you feel more like a local, ethically-inspired menu with a focus on sustainability, freshly sourced ingredients and excellent wine and beer menu, cocktails too, you can’t get better than Holme Stores. This independent local favourite is also a destination spot on the region’s food map. It's a kitchen, a cafe AND a deli.

In the afternoon, take a trip around Dorking’s very own, Denbies Vineyard, home of some of Britain’s award-winning wines. Take a tour, learn about the estate, and then join a tasting session - we love the “Wine and Food” experience. Perfect for locals and visitors alike, we never tire of a wander through these impeccable British vineyards (eat your heart out Bordeaux!).

Dinner in Dorking can go one of many ways; for incredible, fine dining, Michelin star, award-winning food head to Sorrel. Treat yourself to the a la carte or go for the straight luxury of their tasting menus. The food, customer service and attention to detail is spot on. Just make sure you book well in advance! Just down the road is the award-winning and historic Queen's Head, now locally famous for it's fabulous tipi in the back garden. For something a little livelier, there's 45 Dene Street. Tucked away in Dene Street you’ll find incredible flavours in this atmospheric bar and restaurant, and it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed but fun night out.

Or if you just want something a little more spicy and aromatic, take your pick from The Dorking Brasserie, Sang Thai, Chinese Fountain Garden on West Street and Chifan Restaurant. We are also fans of Roosters Kitchen or Arto if you're feeling the Mediterranean vibe.

And finally, if you’ve space for a nightcap or if you want to dance like no one’s watching, you have options: Dance the night away at Knox, enjoy a cocktail or nightcap at The Grape Variety, and finally, there’s the White Horse Hotel on the High Street. Warm, welcoming, with a rich history dating back as far as 1278, what better way to round off your day in Dorking.

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If you love an outdoor adventure, then look no further. Nestled in the Surrey Hills, Dorking has a wealth of outdoors beauty spots, hiking trails and cycling paths.  You’re going to need your energy, so let’s start with a hearty breakfast at any of our amazing cafes – Dorking really does have it all, from international chains like Starbucks and Costa, to the best independents around (we may be biased). The toughest choice is deciding which independent cafe to use: Cosy Moose, Two Many Cooks, Mullins Coffee Shop, Cups and Co, Holme Stores, Oriund Cafe – the list goes on. So tag us in the comments with your favourite.

You’ve then some options!

Cyclists might like to head up to Box Hill, Leith Hill or onto Ranmore Common, or take your pick from the best cycling trails in Dorking. There’s something for all levels of experience and enthusiasm. 

Walkers might like to check out the Stepping Stones and the path to Box Hill, or drive to Friday Street and wander along the woodland walk to Leith Hill and its fabulous views, or see what pursuits are on the cards in our local ramblers group. Or try the Deepdene Trail, a wonderful trail just 15 minute’s stroll from Dorking’s town centre.

The Deepdene Trail really is one for all the family. If you’d like a guided tour you can download a handy app (take a look here: App Store or Google Play), or you can just play it by ear and plot your own way to the Deepdene estate, one of the country’s most historically significant gardens. Privately owned since their creation in the 17th Century, the recently opened trail explores the area’s connection to the famous cursed Hope Diamond, the tragic reason behind the Hope family Mausoleum, and how this unique landscape has changed over time.

Current Tour Schedule

Sunday 23 July at 2pm
Sunday 17 September at 2pm
Sunday 22 October at 2pm
Tours leave from Dorking Golf Club clubhouse

Back in town you could have a swim or get to the footie - after all, Dorking now has a professional football team… we have a football stadium with a fabulous restaurant called The Lounge too, with good eats for after too.

The countryside around Dorking is acknowledged to be one of the finest for outdoors pursuits. Make the most of it on your trip to Dorking.

Check out the Dorking Museum Tour Schedule

Book your walks, cave tours and tours directly with the award-winning and volunteer-led Dorking Museum.

Hidden Dorking Historic Walks

Sunday 16 July at 11am
Sunday 6 August at 2pm
Sunday 24 September at 11am
Sunday 15 October at 11am
Walks depart from Dorking Museum

Family Treasure Hunt - with prizes for the children

Sunday 9 July at 2pm
Friday 28 July at 2pm
Sunday 3 August at 2pm
Wednesday 30 August at 2pm
Sunday 24 September at 2pm
Walks depart from Dorking Museum

Dorking's Famous Ghost Walk

Tuesday 31 October at 6pm
Walk departs from St Martin’s churchyard

Betchworth Castle Tours

Sunday 16 July at 2pm
Sunday 13 August at 2pm
Sunday 10 September at 2pm (Free HOD walk)
Sunday 15 October at 2pm
Walks leave from the entrance to
Betchworth Park Golf Club

Historic Pub Walks

Saturday 8 July at 6pm
Saturday 12 August at 6pm
Saturday 16 September at 6pm (Free HOD walk)
Walks depart from Dorking Museum

Photo Credit: Dorking Camera Club

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