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Godalming - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 12:08 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:08 15 October 2013




Found among beautiful countryside by the River Wey, Godalming’s streets retain much of their historic character

History class

Godalming Museum is the perfect place to swot up on the area’s most famous historical folk, from Arts and Crafts designer Gertrude Jekyll to local Titanic hero Jack Phillips (more on both on this website). Founded in a listed medieval building, you’ll be able to visit their Arts and Crafts gallery as well as discovering the history of Godalming and its surrounding villages.

Head boys

With 400 years of history, Charterhouse is one of the leading independent schools in the world. The school moved from London to its current 250 acre site in Godalming in 1872. Famous alumni, Old Carthusians, include Jeremy Hunt, Max Hastings and most of the member of Genesis.

A bright spark

Godalming was the first town in the world to use electricity for street lighting. In 1881, a tender by the gas company to supply lighting was undercut by Calder and Barrett electricians, who managed to rig up several lamp posts in the High Street with power supplied from the mill.



Take advantage of the Wey Navigation, with Farncombe Boat House (01483 421306) and Godalming Packetboat Company (01483 414938) on the doorstep and plenty of nearby water meadows to take a picnic to on a sunny day.

Eat at...

Try the French dining experience on offer at Fleurie (01483 429969) on Wharf Street.

Drink at...

Head to the highly unusual Bel & The Dragon (01483 527333), which is found in a beautiful converted chapel.

Stay at...

Peter the Great of Russia is said to have stayed at The Kings Arms and Royal Hotel (01483 421545), on the High Street.

Getting there...

Easily accessible by train, falling directly on the main line from Guildford, or by car via either the A3 or A3100.

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