Explore Surrey as a tourist at home with Guildford Tourist Information Centre
PUBLISHED: 11:18 29 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:33 20 February 2013
Now is the time for you to get out and about in Surrey and explore this world of heritage, art, culture and sport that is right on your doorstep!
Guildford Tourist Information Centre
155 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ
Tel: 01483 444333.
Every year when we bring out the new Visit Surrey brochure, people grab a copy, flick through the places to go, places to eat and places to stay and invariably point to Surrey attractions with any combination of the following comments: I never knew that place existed! or I havent been there since I was a child! or I drive passed that place every day but have never been in. So now is the time for you to get out and about and explore this world of heritage, art, culture and sport that is right on your doorstep!
Your first port of call should be Guildford Tourist Information Centre in Guildford High Street. There you can pick up your copy of the Visit Surrey brochure together with maps of the area including ideas for cycling routes and walking routes. You will also find a wealth of leaflets of events going on in Surrey, many combining experiences, such as drama in a period setting at Hatchlands Park, or an evening meal on a boat going down the River Wey.
The Guildford Tourist Information Centre team can sell tickets for many local events; both large and small, as well as offering advice on parking, disabled access and those secret places to add to your day out that you would have never considered visiting.
The county town of Guildford is nestled on the edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has been popular with walkers for many years, but with the high profile Olympic Cycling Road Race taking place in Surrey this year, more and more cyclists are taking to the roads to experience the stunning scenery of Newlands Corner, Leith Hill and Box Hill.
Surrey has always been rich in heritage and boasts several stunning historic homes and gardens including the National Trust Properties of Clandon Park, Hatchlands Park and Polesden Lacey as well as the privately owned Loseley Park the home of several large scale events this year including Summer Nights at Loseley in August. The stunning scenery of Winkworth Arboretum and Painshill Park in the autumn will save you a trip to New England!
For those energetic families there is Spectrum Leisure centre with its ice rink, bowling alley and swimming pools suitable for all ages, as well as Surrey Sports Park where several Olympic teams will be training in the run up to the games.
From Guildford Boat House you can take a leisurely trip along the River Wey exploring the wildlife and scenery from a different angle whilst taking an evening meal or Sunday lunch or visit the National Trusts Dapdune Wharf and River Wey Navigations which has plenty for families to do.
A day out in Guildford Town Centre can last well into the evening with the entertainment on hand at Guildfords Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, the Electric Theatre and G Live, the new 1000 seater (1700 seated/standing) entertainment venue at the top of town. During the day you will find a vibrant shopping centre with all the well know high street branded names as well as some quirky independent shops in the side streets, as well as three under-cover shopping malls should the good old English weather try to scupper the day.
Guildford has many cafes, bars and restaurants catering for all tastes with many serving locally grown produce. Why not treat yourself to a stylish afternoon tea at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel or treat yourself in the spa after a morning at the shops.
For those who find shopping a bore, there are lots of heritage sites in the town centre including the Castle Keep, the castle grounds (free to enter and ideal for a picnic), Guildford House Gallery (free) Guildford Museum (free) and the Guildhall (free) or let one of the knowledgeable Guildford Town Guides take you on an hour-and-a-half walk and learn all about the history of Guildford.