The historic market town of Leatherhead stands lies north of the North Downs on the River Mole.
Dating back to Saxon times, the town is a mixture of medieval timber-framed buildings, elegant Georgian houses and imposing Victorian Gothic villas.
Leatherhead Museum of Local History, one of the attractions of the town, is located in the timber-framed Hampton Cottage, dating from the 17th century. The museum has regularly changing displays relating to local history and industry.
Visitors can take also the Literary Walk or stroll along the Leatherhead riverside.
Leatherhead boasts a wide range of art galleries including the Fire & Iron Gallery and the Studio Art House.
The town also has its own purpose-built theatre, known as 'Theatre', a cultural centre offering live theatre, a cinema, conference facilities, art exhibitions, a cafe and bar.
The 'Help Shop' in the centre of the town provides visitors with information on Leatherheand and the surrounding area.
Leatherhead's most prominent landmark is the church of St Mary and St Nicholas with its 15th century tower, overlooking the floodplain of the River Mole, which inspired JMW Turner to capture the scene in watercolours.
The River Mole, a tributary of the River Thames, flows beneath the town's 14-arch bridge, one of the most attractive waterways in the South East of England. Visitors can walk along the Mole Valley Trail as it skirts two great estates, Cherkley Court and Norbury Park.
Leatherhead is the Gateway to the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town is a good base to discover the area.
Bocketts Farm Park, off Young Street, is set in beautiful countrysideon the slopes of the North Downs. A working farrm it has old and modern breeds of animals and grows a variety of crops.There are large undercover areas so visitors will find plenty to do in bad weather.
Chessington World of Adventures is about five miles north of Leatherhead. Very popular with families, 90% of the rides at this exciting theme park are suitable for under 12s. The site also includes the famous Chessington Zoo.
Bocketts Farm Park Enjoy a day out with the animals at this working farm.
Denbies Wine Estate 3.3 miles A large vineyard to look around and, of course, taste the wines.
Epsom Downs Racecourse 3.4 miles Enjoy an exciting day out at the races.
Sandown Park Racecourse 5.6 miles Enjoy a day out at this famous course.
Reigate Caves 6.6 miles Take the chance to delve underground and see these caves.
Painshill Park 4.6 miles One of the best 18th century landscaped gardens to visit.
Claremont Landscape Garden 4.8 miles A really good garden landscaped in the 18th century.
Studio Art House This commercial gallery shows fine art created in a range of media.
Fire & Iron Gallery A gallery specialising in art works made from metal.
Polesden Lacey 3.3 miles A grand 19th century house with furnished rooms and a lovely garden and estate to wander in.
Towns Near Leatherhead To Visit - straight line distance:Ashtead (1.63 miles) Epsom (3.85 miles) Cobham (4.22 miles) Dorking (4.34 miles)