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Guildford ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 18:24 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Guildford ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Guildford ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Surrey's county town, Guildford, is well stocked with a Norman castle, university, cathedral and old timbered buildings, so it's not just shopping that draws the crowds

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

Surreys county town, Guildford, is well stocked with a Norman castle, university, cathedral and old timbered buildings, so its not just shopping that draws the crowds

Photo: Pete Gardner

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Did you know?

Town or city...
Although there is a Guildford City Football Club (as well as similarly named swimming and cricket clubs), the official answer is that in the UK a town has to be granted city status by the British monarch, which has not yet happened. While many believe a university and a cathedral is enough, this isnt actually the case. Officially.

Life and live...
G Live joined the towns Yvonne Arnaud and Electric theatres in providing top class entertainment all year long it has approximately 190 miles of electrical cabling, which could stretch from Guildford to Shrewsbury.

Looking glass...
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, spent much time in Guildford over his life and had a family home at Chestnuts, near the castle. He died there in 1898 and is buried in the Mount Cemetery.

An angel...
Consecrated in 1961 in the presence of the Queen, Guildford Cathedral, the angel on the hill, is a prime example of Big Society in action with a buy a brick campaign needed for its completion when it was built.

While youre there...

the cobbled High Street, which is home to Guildford House (art gallery and tourist information centre) and the Guildhall clock. Then head to the castle grounds or a stroll down to the river.

Eat at...
Try something different at Guildford Institutes vegetarian Beano restaurant or the Italian at Cambio at the Castle (01483 577702), which is top class.

Drink at...
The Boatman sits on an idyllic location on the River Wey (01483 568024).

Stay at...
The independent Angel Posting House (01483 564555) or the Radisson Blu Edwardian (01483 792300)

Move there for...
And get: A charming four-bedroom Grade II listed cottage in a surrounding village.

Famous neighbours?
Strictly Come Dancing stars Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone.

Getting there...
At the very heart of our county, all roads and rail lead to Guildford

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