Top 5 things to do in Ewell
PUBLISHED: 10:32 04 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:32 04 February 2020
If you're spending some time in Epsom having a flutter at the races don't forget to head just down the road to the wonderful Ewell | Writer: James Knighton
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Looking a little like a forgotten remnant from War of the Worlds, the impressive Bourne Hall Museum on Spring Street is home to the fascinating past of Epsom and Ewell. The museum is free to visit and exhibits range from prehistoric times to the modern day.
Highlights of their collection include Lord Rosebery's hansom cab, a 19th century fire engine, extensive Derby memorabilia and significant Roman archaeology from local sites.
Arguably one of the hottest non-Michelin starred restaurants in the country at the moment, Dastaan has completely transformed the thought process of people speeding up the A240 Kingston Road.
The plaudits its garnered from the moment it opened are well deserved and this top-class Indian restaurant has a Bib Gourmand in the prestigious Michelin guide.
An area that's inspired artists and walkers through generations, there were once several mills on the Hogsmill River, including gunpowder mills.
Ewell is found on the spring line between the chalk of the North Downs and London Clay, and these springs provide the source of the Hogsmill River. The ornamental ponds at Bourne Hall are examples of these.
4) Village life
Ewell has a number of lovely cafés and pubs to explore, including but not exclusively All Things Nice (a café with its own sweet shop), La Familia (a Mediterranean restaurant) and The Spring Tavern (a swish and modern country pub).
5) Nonsuch Park
The beautiful Nonsuch Park is found between Stoneleigh, North Cheam, Cheam and Ewell, and is a site of huge historic interest. Once the stomping ground of Henry VIII (see Secret Surrey for more), the London Loop walking path passes through the public park.
Henry VIII was never one to go about things by halves and in his efforts to build one of the most fabulous palaces in history, Nonsuch Palace in Ewell, he got rid of the village of Cuddington which stood in its way. Work started in 1538 but was incomplete when Henry VIII died in 1547.
While it was said to be his most extravagant work, by 1682 the king's magnificent palace was lost for future Surrey tourism and destroyed.