A bustling market town, Guildford has retained its granite paved streets which are now home to numerous boutique shops, department stores, cafes, pubs and fine restaurants.
It has bright, new, modern facilities but is also filled with historic beautiful buildings, a theatre and attractive parks.
Stoke Park is home to the Spectrum Leisure Centre, a national prizewinning sports centre that includes a variety of swimming pools, Olympic size ice rink, tenpin bowling, squash courts and an athletics stadium.
From its commanding hilltop position, Guildford Cathedral is an imposing landmark looking over this picturesque town surrounded by tranquil, unspoilt countryside.
With excellent state and private schooling in the area, superb amenities and good motorway and railway access to London, the South Coast, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, it is easy to understand why Guildford is considered such a highly attractive location.
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Founded by Saxon settlers shortly after the Romans left Britain in 410 AD, Guildford is set around the River Wey on a site where the Harrow Way crossed the river via a ford.
The ‘Guild’ part of Guildford’s name is believed to come from Gold and refers to the golden sand that can be found on the banks of this part of the river.
Historically the town was an important trade point between Portsmouth and London, originally the main industry being wool.
Although there are no documents about its early years, Guildford Castle was almost certainly built after the Norman Conquest in 1066. In the 14th century the Guildhall was constructed and remains today as a noticeable landmark that can be seen throughout the High Street.
Guildford remained relatively unchanged until the 19th century when in 1845 the railway arrived and industries included brewing, engineering and printing.
In 1961 the impressive Guildford Cathedral was consecrated, 25 years after the first foundation stone had been laid; building work having been interrupted by the Second World War.
Places of interest
- Guildford Cathedral
- Guildford Castle
- Loseley House and Park
- The River Wey
- Winkworth Arboretum
- Clandon Park
- Devil's Punchbowl
- Waverley Abbey
- Farnham Castle
- RHS gardens at Wisley
- Frensham Ponds
- Leith Hill
- Chobham Common
- Guildford Borough Council
Millmead House, Millmead
- Waverley Borough Council
- Mole Valley District Council
- Woking Borough Council Civic Offices Gloucester Square, Woking Surrey GU21 6YL 01483 755855
- Surrey Heath Borough Council
Surrey Heath House
Getting to Guildford
- Guildford to London – 30 miles
- Guildford to the South Coast – 35 miles
- Woking to London Waterloo - 23 minutes
- Guildford to London Waterloo – 35 minutes
- Haslemere to London Waterloo – 50 minutes
- Dorking to London Victoria – 50 minutes
- Guildford to Heathrow airport – 24 miles
- Guildford to Gatwick airport – 28 miles
Times and distances are approximate
- The Royal Grammar School
- Guildford High School
- Cranleigh School
- St Catherine’s
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- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
- The Electric Theatre
- Rhoda McGaw Theatre
- George Abbot
- Guildford County School
- Godalming College
- The Royal Surrey County Hospital
- BMI Mount Alvernia
- The Nuffield Hopsital
- Frimley Park Hospital
- St Peter’s Hospital