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.
The River Wey is located just 5 minutes’ walk away from the centre of Guildford, and you can gain a fascinating view of the town by taking a ride on a riverboat or, if you’re feeling energetic, hiring your own canoe or rowing boat.
To continue the outdoor theme, Guildford is surrounded by some spectacular scenery, such as Guildford Castle. Additionally, the North Downs are home to the North Downs Way, an 80-mile trek from Farnham to Folkestone.
There are many shops, large and small, crammed along the High Street, but if you’re more of a thrillseeker, then you could also visit a theme park. Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland Windsor and Thorpe Park can all be reached in less than 45 minutes.