Sunbury-on-Thames lies 12 miles west of central London in the Borough of Spelthorne.
The ancient riverside settlement, which dates from the Bronze Age, takes its name from a Saxon, Lord Sunna, who built a Burgh here in the 10th century.
Today the town is divided into two geographical areas: Lower Sunbury and Sunbury Common.
Lower Sunbury, beside the river, has retained its village atmosphere, while Sunbury Common to the north is more urban.
Sunbury Cross, the modern centre of the town, marks the point where the A316 (the main road from London) becomes the M3. A number of office buildings and industrial estates have grown up around Junction 1 on the M3.
As well as good road links, Sunbury also has excellent rail connections and in recent times there has been a great increase in the number of people commuting to London from Sunbury.
Bordering Twickenham and Hampton, the town now forms an attractive leafy suburb of London.
In 2006 a purpose-built gallery was opened in Lower Sunbury to hold the Sunbury Millennium Embroidery. Designed in 1990, and completed 10 years later, the 9 panels of embroidery celebrate the riverside town of Sunbury in the year 2000.
The Walled Garden in Lower Sunbury, set out on classical formal lines, includes a flower bed dedicated to the Princess of Wales. Beside the Walled Garden is Orchard Meadow which forms Sunbury's village green. There are pretty walks along the Thames and boats can be hire at Wilson's Boat Yard.
Sunbury has been the home of the London Irish Rugby Club since 1932.
Just to the east of Sunbury lies Kempton Park Racecourse, known as 'London's Racecourse'. In 2006 the racecourse, which stages both National Hunt and Flat racing, re-opened with a new all-weather track and floodlighting.
Kempton Park Racecourse A popular racecourse for a thrilling day out.
JGF Passenger Boats 1.6 miles Enjoy a trip on the River Thames.
Sandown Park Racecourse 3.1 miles Enjoy a day out at this famous course.
Mercedes-Benz World 4.4 miles Shows the past, present, and future of Mercedes-Benz cars.
John Battleday Waterski 4.6 miles A great place for an exciting and active day out.
The Walled Garden An interesting walled garden with a long history located close to a park.
Claremont Landscape Garden 3.7 miles A really good garden landscaped in the 18th century.
Painshill Park 5.3 miles One of the best 18th century landscaped gardens to visit.
Sunbury Millennium Embroidery Come and see this lovely embroidery created for the year 2000.
Orleans House Gallery 4.9 miles
Hampton Court Palace 3.2 miles A lovely Tudor palace with gardens, the famous maze, and parkland.
Elmbridge Museum 3.2 miles Find out about the history of Weybridge and other towns nearby.
Towns Near Sunbury-on-Thames To Visit - straight line distance:Walton-on-Thames (1.56 miles) Shepperton (1.96 miles) East and West Molesey (2.46 miles) Ashford (2.84 miles)