In spite of its proximity to London, the town has a country feel, partly due to its large common, and it has a very wide High Street.
A medicinal spring was discovered on the common of what was then a village in 1619, and from this point it developed as a spa town, and obtained its market charter in 1685.
Epsom Salts have ever since been renowned as a cure for indigestion.
Epsom Downs is where the famous racecourse, perhaps the best known in the world, is situated. Racing had been held here since the early 17th century, but The Oaks began in 1779 and The Derby in 1780, heralding the town`s most important development.
Britain`s first automatic telephone exchange was installed at Epsom in 1912.
Among those born at Epsom are the singer Petula Clark; and artist John Piper.
Prime Minister the Earl of Rosebery died at his mansion named Durdans.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Epsom for groups.