Steeped in horse racing history, Epsom is home to the world-famous Epsom Downs Racecourse, which attracts thousands of racegoers to its annual Derby Day. The historic town features the natural beauty of Surrey’s countryside, along with the mineral waters that gave rise to Epsom Salts.
Things to do in Epsom
Experience the carnival atmosphere of the internationally-renowned Epsom Downs Racecourse. Dress to impress on Lady’s Day or experience the exhilarating action of Derby Day, one of the most eagerly-awaited social events on the British Calendar. Relax over a picnic on the Hill or enjoy live music and entertainment on the Hyperion Lawn.
Experience the wonderful and wacky world of Hobbledown, Epsom’s award-winning adventure park, which recreates the children’s book. Meet the Hobblers in the enchanting village and help feed the farm animals or brave the giant swing and high-ropes course before taking on some Zorbing. After enjoying a healthy “hobnosh” lunch, watch the fantastic falconry show.
Have you ever wanted to frolic through a field of flowers? Over 10 hectares of beautiful organic lavender awaits at Mayfield Lavender Farm. Take a tractor ride or stroll through the undulating violet expanse before enjoying an al fresco lunch amid the flowers. Sample Mayfield’s lavender cider and treat yourself to lavender cosmetics and culinary delights.
Stroll through the wild woodlands and manicured gardens of Nonsuch Park, which was established in 1538 by King Henry VIII as a deer hunting ground. Visit the Nonsuch Mansion and marvel at the grand Georgian architecture over lunch at the Michelin-starred Bovingdons.
Getting around Epsom
Epsom is a 45-minute train ride or hour’s drive on the A3 from London. Both Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport are within 1.5 hours by train or bus. Epsom Downs Race is a 20-minute bus ride from the centre of town, which is easy to get around on foot.