Exhibition: ‘Time Gentlemen, Please’: The story of Dorking pubs

From 25th May – 14th October 2017

The Museum’s summer exhibition plots the growth in the number of pubs from the earliest known records through to its peak in the 19th century and subsequent decline. Which were the most important public houses and what other roles did they play in the lives of residents and travellers? A large scale map shows locations together with old photographs, paintings and drawings of how they looked in their heyday.

Families welcome – pub-sign drawing competition for children, play some old pub games.
New 140-page book on pubs of Dorking available for the exhibition.

Museum opens Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10am-4pm
Entry Cost with Museum entry: Adults £2, Concessions £1, Under-5s free, Family ticket £4.50

New guided walks taking in former and current pub sites in Dorking.
To accompany our current exhibition, ‘Time Gentlemen Please! The story of Dorking pubs’, the Museum walks team has a programme of guided walks. The Pub walks take in some of the former and current pub sites within Dorking town centre, relating their history and pointing out some of their features. At their peak, there were 46 licensed premises in Dorking! Tours last 90 minutes.

Tour Dates
24th June at 2.30pm and 6pm
20th September at 6pm


Book in advance on the website for these ‘open’ walks.
Group tours (minimum 10 people) can also be booked by appointment at a time to suit you.