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Mini guide to Egham


Located in the northwest corner of Surrey, Egham was a busy coaching town in the 18th and 19th centuries; the town is now bypassed by heavy traffic and this, together with the recently pedestrianised town centre, make it a favourite shopping place.

The great architectural feature of the town is Royal Holloway, part of the University of London, which stands among trees, gardens and playing fields between the village and the railway. This vast and splendid building was originally Royal Holloway College, one of the first women's colleges in the country, when it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. It is one of the most impressive Victorian structures anywhere around London and was built between 1879 and 1887 for Thomas Holloway, of 'Holloway's Ointment' and 'Holloway's Pills' fame. The exterior is ornate with an amazing array of chimneys, turrets, gables, balustrades and classical urns. Inside 'Founder's' are a number of remarkable formal rooms, including a chapel, a library and a picture gallery. The gallery houses paintings by some of the best known Victorian artists including Millais, Landseer, Fildes, Frith, Holl and Maclise.

Walking through the town, particularly along High Street, is rewarding. Discover the well-preserved 17th century 'Red Lion' public house, the Literary Institute and Museum, St John Parish Church and the 'Royal Ascot (ex. Packhorse) Inn,' a nostalgic reminder of the town's horse-drawn coach era.

Egham offers a range of pleasant accommodation and some quality restaurants. Charming local pubs form the town's subdued nightlife scene. For recreational opportunities, head for the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, where the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. Key attractions include Langham Ponds, Celebration Trees, Magna Carta Tea Room, and the John F. Kennedy and Magna Carta memorials.

Surrey is bisected laterally by the chalk escarpment of the North Downs which rise west of Guildford, peak around Box Hill near Dorking and continue east into Kent. To the south of Egham, the county town of Guildford features some magnificent architecture, while the open heath land of Surrey's western borders offers pleasant touring and hiking. Tucked in the southwest corner of the county is Farnham, the location of Surrey's only intact castle.

The town is on the A30, about 18 miles from central London, as well as being just off junction 13 of the M25. By train there are frequent services from London Waterloo to Egham, which takes about half an hour. London Country buses 441 and 443 pass through Egham from Staines, while National Express provides services to more distant destinations. The nearest airport is London Heathrow.

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