Family days out don’t need to cost the earth. We’ve put together a list of free things to do in Surrey with kids. From art to animals, here are some fun things to do with your family that won’t leave you feeling the pinch.
Free Outdoor Play Spaces and Country Parks
Love the great outdoors? We’ve put together a list of top Parks and Open Spaces in Surrey, many of which are free to visit (but be aware that some locations may charge a small fee for car parking).
Free Museums and Attractions
Bourne Hall Museum, Ewell
Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF
Based in Bourne Hall, this museum has local history exhibits ranging from prehistoric times to the modern day. On offer is a mixture of permanent displays and temporary exhibitions that are good for repeat visitors, plus a gift shop. The museum also hosts a club for children aged 8 years and over (£5 a session).
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 9.00am – 5.00pm
The Cedars, 33 Windsor St, Chertsey KT16 8AT
Chertsey Museum examines the history of the Borough of Runnymede. You’ll find a wide variety of items of show, including a 10th century Viking sword, period clothing and artefacts dating back to the Iron Age. The museum also hosts workshops for children and families (small fee applies).
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 12.30pm – 4.30pm; Saturdays 11.00am – 4.00pm
East Surrey Museum, Caterham
1 Stafford Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6JG
As the name suggests, this museum focuses of the history of the East Surrey area. The exhibits covers life going back to the Stone Age, with items on display changing regularly. The Junior Room is designed with kids in mind and is set up with plenty of things to do and look at.
Opening times: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10.00am-5.00pm
The Literary Institute, 51 High Street, Egham, TW20 9EW
Dedicate to local history, Egham museum holds artefacts from pre-history up to the post-war period.
Opening times: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 10.00am-12.30pm and 2.00pm-4.30pm; Close over Christmas and New Year.
Farnham Castle Keep
Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0AG
Abandoned after the English Civil War, Farnham Castle Keep is a site of local and historical interest. The castle itself is now used for private functions, but the keep is free for you to visit. Parking is also free and toilets can be found at the castle.
Opening times: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm; Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. 10.00am – 4.00pm
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum
Trenchard House, 85 Farnborough Road, Farnborough GU14 6TF
This museum is all about Farnborough’s proud aviation heritage. Items on show include the first airborne cameras, flying clothing, cockpit displays and plenty of machinery. For children, some of the exhibits are interactive, and there are activity and colouring in sheets in the Kidz Corner.
Opening times: Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00am – 4.00pm
Castle Hill, Guildford GU1 3SX
The atmospheric Guildford Museum is set on edge of the Castle Grounds. Access to the museum is via steps, so it’s best to leave the buggy at home. There is a variety of items to see, including a collection on famous Guildford resident Lewis Carroll and a collection of Victorian toys. There is also a gift shop on site.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 11.00am – 5.00pm; open on Bank Holiday Mondays
Haslemere Educational Museum
78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA
Haslemere Educational Museum is an award winning independent facility with remarkable with exhibits on natural and human history. The grounds outside are also worth a look in nicer weather. They feature a large pond and gazebo, an observation beehive and a tree trail that leads through to an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Kingston upon Thames Museum
Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS
Contains items from dating back to the Palaeolithic Period, First World War commemorations, household equipment, decorative arts, and lots more. For children, there are age appropriate explorer trails around the museum, a creative corner, family workshops, and activity sessions for under 5s on Friday mornings (10.15am-11am).
Opening times: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm; Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm; Closed bank holidays, Christmas Eve and Good Friday to Easter Monday
The Lightbox, Woking
Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA
The Lightbox is a lively gallery and museum that hosts a huge range of regularly changing exhibits. The interactive museum focuses on the story of Woking and has lots to keep kids amused. The venue also holds regular workshops for children and families that either charge a small fee or ask for a suggested donation from those able to pay.
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 5.00pm; Sunday: 11.00am – 4.00pm; Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays
Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge
Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0SL
Planning your dream car? As well as charging for driving experiences, Mercedes-Benz World contains a display area exhibits over 100 cars. The centre hosts a number of free events and activities, including the daily F1 Cinema experience, and the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow display team at the weekends. There are other activities in the centre too, such as the mini track and cars for the kids, but these do carry a fee. Overall, this venues offer a brilliant value day out for motor and Mercedes fans.
Opening times: Monday – Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm; Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm; Sunday 11.00am – 5.00pm