Guildford town guide 2015

PUBLISHED: 16:40 25 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 August 2015

Over the roof tops to the top of Guildford High Street (Photo: Matthew Williams)

Over the roof tops to the top of Guildford High Street (Photo: Matthew Williams)


Our historic county town, Guildford is a haven for shoppers, the arts and innovative thinkers. With the River Wey at its heart and numerous buildings dating back through the ages, it’s a beautiful destination too

On the River Wey just outside the town centre (Photo: Matthew Williams)On the River Wey just outside the town centre (Photo: Matthew Williams)

Originally published in A Celebration of Surrey Life


Share your Guildford photography @


Did you know?

1 Seated firmly in the North Downs gap, and with the River Wey running through its heart, Guildford has been an important place as a centre for commerce since the mid-17th century.

2 Despite many claims to the contrary in publications, marketing spiel and folklore, this town is definitively not a city, despite having a university and a cathedral.

3 Believed to have been built after the Norman conquest of 1066 and constructed of local Bargate stone, Guildford Castle was used for royal apartments, the sheriff’s HQ and the county gaol for Surrey and Sussex.

4 Author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, Lewis Carroll spent much time in Guildford and had a family home at Chestnuts, near the castle. He died there in 1898 and is buried in the Mount Cemetery.

5 Consecrated in 1961 in the presence of the Queen, Guildford Cathedral is a prime example of community spirit in action with a buy a brick campaign needed for its completion when it was built.

6 Today, many innovative businesses have made Guildford their home with medical services, satellite technology and gaming companies all at the forefront of their industries.

7 On top of that, there’s also the University of Surrey too – which recently ranked fourth in the Guardian University Guide 2016, the third consecutive year it has risen within the top ten.

8 The town is a centre for the arts, with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, The Electric Theatre and G Live accompanied by the Guildford Fringe Festival.

9 While the cobbled High Street and shopping centres are the most obvious target for the discerning buyer, make sure to get lost down the alleys for hidden gems.

10 Take a short drive out of the town to discover the artists’ village of Compton and the jewel in its crown, Watts Gallery. The neighbouring Loseley Park is also worth a visit.


A pocket guide:

Drink at: The Weyside is in an idyllic riverside location, while Firefly @ The Keystone is an arts hub.

Eat at: Try something different at Guildford Institute’s vegetarian Beano or how about the master chef led Britten’s, which is top class. Make sure to check out the Tea Terrace at House of Fraser or the Thai Terrace for spectacular rooftop views acros the town.

Stay at: The independent Angel Posting House or the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel.

More from Surrey Life


At Sir William Perkins’s School (SWPS) the aim is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community so that each student leaves with the best possible chance of achieving her full potential and ready to take on the world.

Read more

If the colder weather is making you feel like escaping to somewhere snug and cosy, you might be surprised to find some perfect rural retreats right on your doorstep. Here’s our pick of the best to discover in Surrey…

Read more

Get ready to laugh, boo and hiss, and cheer on your favourite childhood heroes in the array of pantomimes coming to Surrey theatres this Christmas

Read more

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Yesterday, 16:01

Actress, singer and entertainer, Anita Harris has travelled the world in an illustrious career that spans over five decades. From her home in Chertsey, she talks to Tinx Newton about the people she has worked with, her tour and life in Surrey

Read more
Yesterday, 14:13

If there's ever a time of year when a brisk, bracing walk is needed, then winter and the lead-up to the festive season is surely it. Here we round up a few of our Surrey favourites

Read more
Yesterday, 13:01

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (14, 15 and 16 December): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Surrey is a county full of festive delights. Think cosy pubs, frosty views and long winter walks. We pick 22 wonderful reasons to spend Christmas in Surrey.

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Surrey this month

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

With beautiful countryside, stunning villages and plenty of bluebells during spring, Surrey is an amazing place for a stroll

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Pupils at The Hawthorns School in Bletchingley collected over 5,800 items of food for the Loveworks foodbanks in Reigate and Merstham

Read more
Friday, November 30, 2018

We’ve teamed up with Grand Illusions to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a £250 gift card with the stylish homeware brand

Read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Celebrating its 25 anniversary, Kinghams restaurant is found at the heart of one of Surrey’s most iconic villages. Matthew Williams visits to discover the secrets of its longevity

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

This edition of Surrey Life features all the local ingredients to make this month special

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search