Type:Towns & Villages

Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9BG


Archaeological remains show the area was inhabited long before the founding of Chertsey Abbey in 666AD.

The Abbey, the first of its kind in the county, was immensely wealthy and powerful and at the height of its power the Abbot controlled over 50,000 acres of land in Surrey plus houses in London and Cardigan Priory in South Wales.  The Abbey was ransacked by Vikings in 871 when the Abbot and 90 monks were killed.

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Chertsey continued to thrive as a market town and, in the 17th and 18th centuries, a busy coaching town. In the 18th and 19th centuries it became an important centre for clock making, as well as having a bell foundry and a separate iron foundry.

The town centre has remained largely unchanged with a large number of older listed buildings including the Cedars which is the home of Chertsey Museum.

Places to visit near Chertsey

There are some notable places to visit near Chertsey and a short drive can take you to some major tourist attractions.

There are parks and open spaces available to be enjoyed by local residents with Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Recreation Ground, Gogmore Park and Abbeyfields. The town also has football, cricket and bowls clubs. Find what's on near Chertsey by looking at our Surrey events guide or explore towns and villages near Chertsey by looking at the 'What's Nearby' listings below.

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What's Nearby

  1. Chertsey Meads

    71 hectares (175 acres) of wildflower meadow on the banks of the Thames

    1.25 miles away
  2. Thorpe Park

    As the nation’s Thrill Capital, THORPE PARK IS THE ‘must do’ destination for adrenaline…

    1.42 miles away
  3. Brooklands Museum

    Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit…

    2.96 miles away
  1. Mercedes-Benz World

    Everything you could wish to know about visiting Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey, including…

    2.96 miles away
  2. Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden

    Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden

    3.6 miles away
  3. Spa at The Runnymede on Thames

    Immerse yourself in the luxurious award-winning spa at the runnymede-on-thames.

    3.71 miles away
  4. Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial

    This memorial overlooks the River Thames and commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who…

    4.24 miles away
  5. The Savill Garden

    The Savill Garden is a garden of beauty and colour where visitors journey through 35…

    4.6 miles away
  6. Chobham Common

    Chobham Common is the largest National Nature Reserve in the southeast of England and one…

    4.86 miles away
  7. Kempton Park Racecourse

    Kempton Park in Sunbury-on-Thames is the London's premier all-weather horse racing and…

    4.92 miles away
  8. French Brothers Boat Trips

    Large range of public trips on weather-proof vessels from Windsor, Runnymede and…

    5.36 miles away
  9. Painshill Landscape Garden

    Painshill is a great family day out and a beautiful 18th century landscape garden to…

    5.5 miles away
  10. The Kennedy Memorial at Runnymede

    Set in a symbolic acre of land donated to the United States of America by Queen Elizabeth…

    5.51 miles away
  11. Sandown Park Racecourse

    Get your heart racing at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher.  

    6.27 miles away
  12. Windsor Great Park

    Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres, huge parts of which are open to the public.…

    6.43 miles away
  13. Datchet Watersports

    Datchet Watersports provide tutition and equipment hire for Windsurfing, Sailing and…

    6.91 miles away
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