Leatherhead’s shopping centre is pedestrian friendly, with a range of established retailers.
The Swan Shopping Centre in the heart of town is home to a number of well-known brand names including Boots The Chemist, WH Smith and Next. There’s also a branch of Sainsbury’s in the Swan Centre with a Waitrose on Church Street.
Leatherhead’s twice-weekly street market was first established in 1249 and it is just part of the town’s rich history.
There are a surprising number of green spaces in the town centre including The Mansion Gardens, Red House Gardens, between Randalls Road and close to the Town Bridge is a small, riverside nature reserve.
From Leatherhead, it’s easy to reach Surrey’s most vibrant towns including Guildford and Kingston-upon-Thames
Head towards Dorking and Leith Hill, where the 18th century tower is the highest point in South East England or to Box Hill, the source of inspiration for artists, poets and writers. The open spaces and oak forests at Ashtead Common are a delight for nature lovers and Norbury Park in Fetcham, with its small farms and a working sawmill, provides an opportunity to visit a ‘working landscape.’
At Polesden Lacey, in Great Bookham, the 1400-acre estate boasts a house once visited by royalty, measured walks and activities including ‘Silver Strollers,’ a dog-walking club, creative writing, photography, open air theatre and live music.
Musical performances in a grass amphitheatre are just one of the highlights of the programme of events at Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher whilst ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours, talks and book signings are popular with visitors to the world-renowned RHS Garden at Wisley. At Painshill Park, Cobham, study weeks, workshops and events attract visitors from all over the country.
Tours are on offer at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking and you’ll be able to enjoy lunch or dinner in The Gallery Restaurant or more informal dining at The Conservatory Restaurant. Whilst in Dorking, it’s worth taking time to explore the town centre, renowned for its antique shops.