Travelling around Guildford
Guildford is a large town located in Surrey, in the south-east of England. It is just 30 miles to the south of the centre of London, but has an atmosphere and personality all of its own.
Despite being officially a town, Guildford boasts the amenities and facilities of many cities and is far more than just another suburb of the capital.
The High Street is still cobbled and lined on both sides by architecturally fascinating buildings, some of which are hundreds of years old. If you really want to get to know the place well, perhaps the best option is to take one of the regular guided walking tours, which will point out buildings like the 17th-century Abbot’s Hospital, and can be booked through the tourist information centre.
Guildford is well served by the A3 trunk road which runs directly from Portsmouth to central London. Arriva buses provide transport around the town itself to places like Bramley, Onslow Village and Bellfields, and further on to Cranleigh, Horsham, Woking and Camberley.
Guildford came into being during the Saxon era, shortly after the Romans left Britain. It first rose to prosperity thanks to its convenience as a stopping off point halfway between the docks of Portsmouth and London. Travellers would stop at inns in Guildford – such as The Lion and The Angel – to change horses, rest for the night or take on some refreshments.
This fell away following the advent of rail travel, but the 20th century saw Guildford rise again as a convenient place from which to commute to work in the centre of London. Today, it is seen as the economic powerhouse of West Surrey and home to the University of Surrey.