Spend a day in Guildford, 30 minutes from London by train and immerse yourself in history, explore some amazing shops and indulge in the finest food and drink.
Guildford’s famous cobbled high street with its overhanging clock is a haven for shoppers, and you can also find three undercover shopping malls in case it is raining. Venture down the side streets to explore independent retailers with a range of goods from clothing to quirky gifts.
Head for the stunning Castle grounds – a haven of peace in the town centre – the grounds are free, and you can also go inside the castle for £3.20 and head up to the roof for stunning views across Surrey and Hampshire and even as far as London.
Visit the Guildford House Art Gallery and Guildford Museum (both free entry) and on selected days during the summer season you can also visit the medieval undercroft, and the Tudor Guildhall. From May to September you can take a free guided walk with the knowledgeable Town Guides, or pick up a map from the Tourist Information, or download the Hand Held Tours app and follow the Visit Guildford Historic Trail.
You will find every cuisine in the town centre in a range of bars, cafes and restaurants. Experience the speciality of an afternoon tea; treat yourself to fine dining in The Ivy Guildford or head for a traditional English pub for some good food, and local ales, wine and gin.
In the evening the town comes alive with theatre, music and arts events in a wide range of venues from the 1000 seater G Live, to the intimate Yvonne Arnaud theatre to the small quirky theatre space behind the historic Star Inn – there is plenty of live music in the pubs and bars, and outdoor theatre in the summer months which is ideal to bring a picnic.