Weybridge – Monday 18th April 2022

Weybridge is a pretty town in Surrey, that takes its name from the River Wey, a tributary of the River Thames.  There has been a bridge crossing the river here since the first Elizabethan Era.  Weybridge professes to have been the first town in Britain to have electric street lighting, although Googling suggests that Newcastle and Godalming also make this claim!  We visited here briefly just to pop into Waterstones, which here is called The Weybridge Bookshop to fit the aesthetic of the town.   

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Weybridge map

Brooklands Museum

Near to Weybridge is Brooklands – the first purpose-built race track – which is considered to be the birthplace of British motorsport and opened in 1907.   The site is now a large motor and aviation museum which opened in 1991.  The museum’s mission is “To preserve and interpret the heritage of Brooklands, to use that heritage to inspire and educate and to provide a sustainable world-class visitor attraction accessible to all.”, and having visited I would say they fulfil this brief really well!  We paid extra to visit the Concorde Exhibition (currently £6) which was very interesting.  The museum is also the site of the London Bus Museum, for which entry is included with the Brooklands’ Museum ticket, and is also worth fitting in.  We spent 4.5 hours at the museum, but could easily have spent longer.