Guildford Mini Guide
Why Travel to Guildford?
Guildford is a market town in the county of Surrey that was believed to have been founded soon after the authority Rome
had on Britain was removed. Lewis Carroll who wrote Alice in Wonderland lived in Guildford and Queen Drummer and vocalist Rodger Taylor currently resides there.
Where is it and How Can I Get There?
Guildford is located around 27 miles south west of London
. The nearest major airport is London Gatwick
17 miles away. There are two railway stations in Guildford and a number of A-roads that leads to Guildford from various destinations.
The Beginnings of Guildford?
Guildford was once home to the Royal Mint until the 13th century when it was moved to the Tower of London. It was Saxon settlers who are believed to have founded the town around 410AD.
In and Around Guildford?
There is a very popular art gallery that attracts around 120,000 visitors each year and the Guildford Museum houses thousands of items. The Guilfest is a music festival that is held annually as is the Surrey County Show in May. Surrey Hills Llamas offer the chance to trek around the Surrey Hills with your very own Llama. The areas surrounding Guildford have many places to visit including Shalford Mill which is a short two mile drive. There is also Winkworth Arboretum which is seven miles away and offers a program of events all year round. You're alos not far from Hindhead and the National Trust property of the Devil's Punchbowl. The track is said to be haunted where a traveller was set upon and murdered on the rim of the Punchbowl. The attackers were caught in what is now the Devil's Punchbowl Hotel.
Shopping, Food and Nightlife
The Friary Shopping Centre is located in the centre of Guildford and there are many other smaller shops around the town centre for you to explore. Guildford has a great selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs and many are child friendly. Jamie’s Italian is a restaurant set up by the famous TV chef and is open every day of the week. For the night time, head to the award winning Dusk nightclub with late night opening and regular promotions.
Guildford is set in the countryside of the North Downs. Whilst staying there you should visit the cathedral, visible from miles around, which was only completed in the 1950s after an interruption caused by World War II. Another place of interest is the home of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. ‘The Chestnuts’ is now a small museum dedicated to him and his work.
For more history take a trip in your hire car to ‘The Spike’, one of only two restored workhouses in the UK showing what life was like for the poor in the 19th century.