Travel to Epsom and Ewell
Known for horse racing, mineral salts and the nearby chalk Downs, the towns of Epsom
(and the borough named after the two) are routinely voted amongst the most desirable places to live in the UK. Prosperous and attractive, they are especially popular with workers commuting from Epsom and Ewell to London
and other nearby centres.
Hunt out a cheap car share to save on transport, and you'll have plenty left in your purse to enjoy this lovely corner of Surrey – from a flutter at the races, to a night on the town.
Racing in an historic spa town
Set amidst the undulating hills of the Epsom Downs, Epsom gained fame in the 17th century as a fashionable spa retreat for the wealthy, buoyed by its many mineral-rich springs, which were the original source of Epsom salts. A century later the town also become known for the thrilling horse races held on the Downs – which are now of course home to the Epsom Downs Racecourse
and the world-famous Epsom Derby, which has been held here each year since 1780.
Enjoy arts, culture and parkland
Nearby Ewell is home to Bourne Hall, a striking-looking modernist structure that houses an excellent museum
with a wide array of exhibits on local social history and archaeology. There's also a library, theatre, gym and café, all set amongst peaceful landscaped gardens overlooking the Hogsmill River.
Nature lovers will also enjoy a visit to Nonsuch Park, once the site of Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, or to the nature reserve at Horton Country Park
, an outstanding place to spot a variety of animals and plant life. Or simply set off and explore the vast expanse of Epsom Downs or the North Downs near Ewell, and savour those breathtaking views.
Later on, catch a show at the Epsom Playhouse
, which hosts a wide selection of local and touring productions, from drama and musicals to dance, opera and comedy.
Shop and dine in Epsom and Ewell
The Ashley Centre
is Epsom's go-to shopping destination, and there's also a good selection of independent shops in the compact town centre, such as the renowned clothing boutique Lester Bowden
There's a great selection of restaurants as well, such as celebrity favourite Le Raj
on Fir Tree Road and The Canopy
on the High Street, as well as some excellent pubs – the Rubbing House and the Derby Arms are situated conveniently close to the racecourse. If you've managed to get a cheap ride to Epsom and Ewell, why not treat yourself?