Despite lying within 10 minutes of the M25 and being within half an hour's train ride from London, Guildford feels like a country town, complete with riverside pubs and a historic High Street punctuated with restaurants, shops and cafes.
Guildford is Surrey's county capital. An old Saxon market town, it's
located in a beautiful cleft in the North Downs on the banks of the
gentle River Wey and boasts a modern university and an imposing Art
Deco cathedral, which featured prominently in the classic horror film, The Omen. The historic and vibrant town centre revolves around a beautiful, cobbled High Street, the centrepiece of which is the iconic
Guildhall Clock. Guildford Castle, which dates to the 11th Century, was a favourite haunt of King Henry III in the 13th century – it's free to visit the grounds and gardens, which make for a beautiful and tranquil picnic spot right in the middle of the town. Guildford centre has plenty of atmospheric alehouses, such as the Kings Head and the Three Pigeons, and the High Street and North Street form a busy shopping thoroughfare with many major retailers represented, plus quite a number of boutique outlets.
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Guildford is on the A3 (Portsmouth Road). From the M25 take Junction 10.