This page describes the traditional home of SoCraTes UK. For 2020-21, it runs as a digital edition, online.


The retreat will be hosted at Wotton House, which is surrounded by 13 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, delivering tranquil setting and backdrop for SoCraTes UK 2021 Digital Spring/Summer.

Wotton House is just 10 minutes from junction 9 of the M25, 20 minutes from Guildford, 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport and just 40 minutes by train into London’s Waterloo. Wotton House is easily accessible by air, rail or car. It’s situated on the A25 between Guildford and Dorking, within easy reach of London and the main motorways.

The nearest train station is Dorking, 4 miles away.

Please check Wotton House Google Maps location to ensure you get to the hotel correctly.

Free parking is available.

Wotton House Hotel
Wotton House Hotel
Wotton House Hotel
Wotton House Hotel

When can I check in?

Check ins will start on Thursday after 2pm. SoCraTes UK 2021 Digital Spring/Summer will start at 5pm, just before dinner.

When do I need to check out?

Check outs must be finished on Sunday 9th June before 11am. Late check outs are chargeable at £10.00 per hour.

How to get there?

Wotton House Guildford Road
Surrey, RH5 6HS
England, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 1306 730 000

The best place to find out how to get there is Wotton House’s site.

The nearest station is Dorking station. It is 3-4 miles and 15 minutes’ drive away. A one way taxi should cost between £12 and £30 depending on traffic.

Please check our wiki for the local taxi companies. Please note that most taxis near Dorking Station don’t accept cards and the only cash machine to withdraw the money at the station is usually out of service, so make sure you have cash on hand.

Dorking rail station has direct links and connections from London Waterloo, London Victoria, Reading and Gatwick airport.

Gatwick Airport is about 30 minutes from the venue. Uber taxis will cost £25-33 while black cabs in the airport will cost on average £64.00 depending on the traffic. Taxi will be the fastest way to get to the venue as you don’t need to come to London and then back to Dorking.

Heathrow Airport is about 40 minutes to 1 hour from Wotton House, depending on traffic, and Uber taxis should cost £38-51. Black cabs in the airport may cost up to £100.00.

TAXIS: If using taxis, either use Uber or one of the local taxi companies listed on the wiki. They are much cheaper. Be aware that they normally ask you to wait for them at the departures “drop off” and you will need to make your way there from the arrivals.

The fastest way to get to London from any airport is by train. Take a look at National Rail for routes, times, prices and to book your tickets. If you are coming in a group, bear in mind you could save money. Three or four people travelling together pay for only two tickets if the service is off-peak (remember, you need to get these group tickets at the ticket office, rather than online or using the ticket machines at the train station).

You normally can get direct trains to Dorking from London Waterloo, Vauxhall or Victoria tube stations. The train fare should cost around £11.60. When buying your train ticket, go to the ticket office instead of buying on the machines and show your tube ticket as you may get more than 50% discount—they will charge you only for the stretch beyond the zones you already paid for when coming to central London from the airport. That’s the same for people with Oyster cards.

If you prefer to get to London by coach, National Express is probably the best option, with wi-fi on their coaches.

More details can be found on the airport websites:

Once in London you might need a tube map. For more info on transport in London visit the Transport for London website.