Guildford - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 12:18 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:18 15 October 2013




Not a city, Guildford town is well stocked with a Norman castle, university, cathedral and old timbered buildings

Guided tours

Back in 1982, Surrey historian Matthew Alexander’s History of Guildford classes produced the first Guildford Town Guides, and since then thousands of people have been taken on guided walks around the town. From May to September, you can join the walk on Mondays at 11am or Wednesdays and Sundays at 2.30pm. There’s no booking needed, just meet under Tunsgate Arch in the High Street.

Boating times

There has been boating on the River Wey ever since the Leroy brothers established a punt and skiff hire at Farncombe and Guildford over a century ago. These days, Guildford Boat House offers visitors the perfect opportunity to head off along the river into some of Surrey’s most beautiful countryside.

Outdoor swimming

Celebrating its 80th birthday this summer, Guildford Lido is one of the country’s few remaining 1930s pools. These days welcoming over 60,000 visitors a year, the pool started life as a community project with residents of the town dipping into their own pockets to make it a reality.



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. As you wander around the town, look out for the Carroll inspired sculptures.

Eat at...

The Thai Terrace (01483 503350) restaurant can be found right at the top of the Castle Car Park with panoramic views across the town.

Drink at...

The Boatman pub and its riverside terrace is found at an idyllic location on the River Wey (01483 568024).

Stay at...

The Radisson Blu Edwardian (01483 792300) has been a stylish addition to Guildford, next to the G Live venue.

Getting there...

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

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