Day trips and family fun in the local area

De Vere Selsdon Estate is located in the heart of the leafy Surrey countryside, yet only minutes away from some legendary destinations for family day trips.

From world-famous attractions like the Bluebell Railway, Leeds Castle and Hever Castle, to family-friendly farms, to the effervescent city of Brighton, it’s all close enough for a day or afternoon trip during your stay with us. We hope you enjoy our guide to some of our favourite places to go and things to do.

  Read or download the complete companion guide to find out even more about the local area.

Adventure is in the air – exclusive family break offer

Aside from being surrounded by fabulous attractions, De Vere hotels are wonderful places to spend some quality time with your loved ones, with family-friendly restaurants, comfortable, welcoming bars and lounges and beautiful gardens to explore.

Treat your family to a short break at a De Vere hotel this autumn and you'll get two nights’ stay with breakfast on both mornings, a two course dinner on an evening of your choice – and a complimentary glass of English sparkling wine or bottle of Meantime pale ale or lager. Plus, bring up to two children and they’ll stay and eat for free.

Bluebell Railway

Experience life during the golden age of steam travel when you board a train for a nostalgic trip on this preserved railway. Wonderful dining options can be booked.

29.5 miles / 41 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Hever Castle

Steeped in history, a walk around Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, offers an experience close to time travel. Spine-tinglingly atmospheric.

Photo ©Hever Castle & Gardens

16.4 miles / 37 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Selsdon Wood Nature Reserve

Take a stroll through this peaceful woodland and keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna at this beautiful National Trust nature reserve.

1.4 miles / 6 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Historic Croydon Airport

Explore the museum and control tower of Britain’s first international airport and get a feel for the romance of early 20th-century passenger air travel.

3.3 miles / 12 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Boxpark Croydon

Dine, drink and shop at this wonderful structure, made up of independent businesses operating from converted shipping containers. Well worth a visit.

3.8 miles / 15 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Godstone Farm & Playbarn

An epic family day out – this long-established farm has animals galore to admire and interact with. Excellent café and indoor play area, too.

8 miles / 19 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Crystal Palace Park

This grand, Victorian park has more than enough to keep families enthralled. Don’t forget to explore the utterly enormous foundations of the long-gone Crystal Palace itself.

8 miles / 26 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Down House

The family home of Charles Darwin, Down House is a interactive treasure trove of all things related to the famous scientist. Be sure to visit the fine shop and café.

Photo ©English Heritage

8.8 miles / 23 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Chartwell

Once the home of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell is a remarkable example of English domestic architecture at its grandest and most creative. A wonderful day out.

11.8 miles / 25 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Lingfield Park

Home to a famous racecourse, Lingfield Park also offers attractions such as a leisure centre, spa and golf course – with a choice of very good restaurants.

14.8 miles / 31 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Brands Hatch Circuit

Once an F1 circuit, this legendary track now hosts the British Superbike and Touring Car Championships – and offers a choice of exhilarating driving experiences.

29.5 miles / 41 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Leeds Castle

A picture book castle that has to be seen to be believed, this incredible place is steeped in history, with jousting, archery, falconry and more on offer.

40.6 miles / 50 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

Brighton

One of the UK’s most culturally intoxicating cities, Brighton offers fabulous surprises round every corner. Amazing beaches, shopping, eating and nightlife.

44.2 miles / 66 minutes’ drive from De Vere Selsdon Estate

De Vere Selsdon Estate

126 Addington Road, South Croydon CR2 8YA

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