Why move to Woking

It’s become the talking point of Surrey in recent years with the potential for city status on the cards and £540 million regeneration project but Woking is also a town rich in history and community spirit.

Is could be the best place to live in the UK

According to an online tool, which ranks towns in Britain based on crime rates, house prices, life expectancy and other factors, Woking scored 100%. This was based on an 83.6% employment rate, average salary of £31,000 and average life expectancy of 83.

Transport links

Commuting to work might not be top of the agenda right now but good transport links are always a bonus when it comes to buying property and retaining its value. Trains from Woking to London Waterloo take just 24 minutes at peak times so it’s a great place to live for anyone who usually works in the city or enjoys spending their leisure time seeing the sights.

Art & Culture

Despite its close proximity to the city, you don’t even need to jump on a train to check out the latest West End show as Woking’s theatre complex gets some of the best touring performances straight from London. The town is also home to Surrey History Centre, should you be interested in researching your family tree, as well as England’s first built mosque and Brookwood cemetery – the final resting place for thousands of men and women who lost their lives in the Second World War and an inspiring place to visit.

Culinary scene

Woking’s food and drink scene has really exploded in recent years. From the artisan sellers situated along Market Walk to independent eateries offering food from across the globe, alongside all your usual chain restaurants, the town has something for all types of foodie. Plus, the town hosts the Woking Food & Drink Festival each year and Gordon Ramsey is rumoured to be opening a chef school here.

Top schools

As well as Tormead, an independent school for girls aged four to 18 that always scores highly in the league tables, Hoe Valley School (secondary) and The Knaphill Lower School (primary) both hold “outstanding” Ofsted reports, while St Peter’s Catholic Secondary School and Gordon’s School are other top schools in the borough.