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Chessington Introduction

Known for its adventure park and safari, Chessington serves as a friendly base for a getaway with family and friends. It's not all white-knuckle rides and magnificent beasts, though – the town's convenient location presents the perfect launchpad for exploring sprawling green spaces such as Horton Country Park and the Surrey Hills. Sports fans and culture-vultures are well catered for by spots such as Epsom Downs and Hampton Court Palace, while easy access to central London places all the highlights of the capital on the doorstep, too.

Hotels in Chessington

If it's Chessington World of Adventures that brings you to town, the on-site hotels place you right at the heart of the action, literally steps from the thrills and spills of the park. These resort-style hotels in Chessington can be on the pricey side, particularly during school holidays, so it's also worth considering nearby chain hotels, many of which come in a bit cheaper, especially if you book in advance. Hotels on the outskirts of town and beyond are often rooms over a gastropub with breakfast on the house.

Where to stay

Most Chessington hotels are near the theme park, though by casting your net a little wider the choice of options increases. B&Bs are numerous in the north as you head toward Richmond Park and can be a good bet for families, couples and those flying solo. Plus, there's the added advantage of being near the bustling market town of Kingston-upon-Thames. To the east, and just 30 minutes' drive from Chessington, accommodation in Croydon often finds favour with those keen to indulge in a little retail therapy and evening entertainment.

Things to see

For families, Chessington hits the mark thanks to an array of kid-friendly spots sure to put a smile on the faces of younger visitors. Aside from the undisputed star of the show, the town's action-packed theme park, zoo and aquarium, you can also find adventure golf, petting farms and pretty parks perfect for playtime nearby. For those seeking something a little more refined, local options abound thanks to the likes of the Stanley Picker Gallery, Bourne Hall Museum and sterling performances at the well-regarded Epsom Playhouse. Happy to explore further afield? A trip to the capital, easily achieved on a day trip from Chessington, puts everything from well-known spots such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the vibrant Oxford Street, to lesser-known delights such as the Tibetan Peace Garden and the Brixton Windmill, on the agenda.

How to get to Chessington

As it's situated just 2 miles from the M25, driving to Chessington is generally a hassle-free experience. Those without transport will find good rail links from several spots in London, as well as connecting coach services from around the UK. If you're flying in from Northern Ireland, you'll find both London Heathrow and London Gatwick within around 20 minutes' drive from most of the town's hotels. Travel in Chessington is just like any other UK town – local buses and taxis are prevalent in the area, though you'll find the town centre is easily walkable.