Outstanding schools and a charming cobbled High Street, all enveloped by countryside
"Guildford Castle has beautiful landscaped gardens that are lovely in the sunshine."Greg Nickson
"Flowing through the centre of Guildford, you can stroll along the banks of the River Wey and appreciate its charm."Tim Pacey
"Breathtaking views across the Surrey Hills - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."Greg Nickson
Where do Guildford locals go?
A luxury men's retailer founded in 1898 selling classic British formalwear.
Submitted by Tim
Five & Lime
Amazing live DJs out on the terrace and a great place to get a few drinks and chill out at the weekend.
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The White House
Great sharing platters, selection of beers and a charming terrace by the River Wey.
Submitted by James
The best kebab house and restaurant in Guildford! The food is so fresh and nothing like the usual rubbish you get in a kebab shop...
Submitted by Tim
Sir and Madam 2Go
Takeaway Thai food that does a cracking sweet and sour chicken!
Submitted by Daisy
A lovely hidden independent coffee house serving the best coffee in Guildford!
Submitted by Emily
A fantastic new entertainment venue in Guildford that hosts concerts and comedy nights, with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Lee Evans and many more...
Submitted by Lucy
The best pub in Guildford with a great riverside location and brilliant food. It also allows dogs!
Submitted by Tom
The Continental Café
A light and bright café in the centre of Tunsgate Square shopping centre.
Submitted by Greg
Guildford's High Street
Take a nice stroll down the High Street. When you get to the end, you are greeted with plenty of pubs and restaurants to satisfy any taste, along with the River Wey walk.
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Visit Guildford Castle and head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Submitted by Ryan
The King's Head
Probably the best beer garden in Guildford over two levels. You will always be in the sun and to top it off, views over famous Guildford Castle.
Submitted by James R
Why do you find Guildford a great place to live?
"It's such a great escape from the bustle of London, with loads of green space around and a nice cosy atmosphere in the town."
"Guildford Lido is always a winner, especially when the outdoor pool is open in the summer, and the Little Angels indoor play area is a great option for smaller kids. On top of this, there are also lots of country houses to explore and museums to visit."
"We're surrounded by some fantastic pubs, including The Weyside next to the river in Guildford and The Percy Arms in Chilworth. For amazing views of Guildford and the North Downs, Thai Terrace is also a firm favourite."
"What do you want from your ideal town? Great shops, theatre, countryside all around. Easy access to London by road or by rail And good links to motorways to take you further afield. A fine choice of schools from toddler to teen and a top university for the academically keen. A river, a castle, the Cathedral in view, cinema, hotels, a coffee shop or two. Live music and comedy, restaurants and pubs. A thriving market around the ... more
What do you like about Guildford?
Did you know?
"It is believed that the name Guildford is comes from guild meaning "gold", rather than a trade guild, after a ford of golden sand that was dredged in 1760 just south of the town."
Child-friendly activities near Guildford
NCT Bumps & BabiesTrinity Centre Trinity Churchyard
A group for expectant mums and parents with young babies (generally up to walking). Come along for a hot drink and chat with other local parents while the babies play on the playmats and toys provided. Plenty of space for buggies toilets baby changing and a quiet room. On the last Wednesday of each month we also have a special event running alongside the usual group - previous activities have included arts and crafts music sessions mini photo sessions and stalls. Held in the centre of town at the Trinity Centre next to Holy Trinity Church at the top of the high street. The nearest car park is Sydenham Road. Entry £1 for NCT members £2 non-members including refreshments. Website
Thula Mama Harmony singing group for carers and babies
Thula Mama is an inspirational singing group for parents and carers of babies aged from birth to walking. We learn and sing lullabies and songs from around the world to share with our little ones. And we sing in beautiful 3-part harmony. You don't need to have any previous singing experience, just come along and enjoy sharing music with a group and with your baby. Website
The Nest: A NCT Parent and Baby Group in St. John'sSt John's Memorial Hall
The Nest' is a parent and baby Group in St. John's where new parents can come and have a relaxing cup of tea / coffee and chats with other new parents about their life as new parents and the highs and lows that comes with it. For details about the 'The Nest' and the aim of this group please click here. This group is catered for new parents and their babies under 12 months of age. Website
NCT Bumps & Babies groupSt Andrews Church Hall
A lovely friendly group for non-walking babies we met every Monday morning even during the holidays Lots of mats blankets and toys for the babies to play on. Just £1 towards hall, refreshments provided. Website
Tiny TunesCobham Methodist Church
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website
Highgate Ballet SchoolHighgate Ballet School
Highgate Ballet School Ltd. was founded in 1995 in Highgate village by Julie Cronshaw FISTD and provides the highest quality ballet and pre-ballet classes in a positive and inspiring learning environment. The school offers recreational ballet classes to children ages 3 - adult,pre-vocational programmes from ages 9+ in Cecchetti Method and non-syllabus classes, GYROKINESIS ® body conditioning and contemporary dance. There are various times for the lessons. Website
NCT Bumps & BabiesBurgundy & Black
B&B is held on the first and third Friday of every month. B&B is for mums with bumps and both parents or carers of non-mobile babies. So come along and meet others for tea or coffee get yourself out of the house and get your baby socialising. If your child is more mobile or you have older toddlers just be aware that this is a cafe environment. This is open to all there is no need to have attended NCT classes or be a member. Website
Guildford is the county town of Surrey, as well as the seat for the borough of Guildford and the administrative headquarters of the South East England region. It is situated 27 miles (43 km) southwest of London on the A3 trunk road linking the capital to Portsmouth. The town has Saxon roots, and likely owes its location to the existence of a gap in the North Downs where the River Wey is forded by the Harrow Way. The town grew enough in importance by 978 to be the Royal Mint. With the building of the Wey Navigation and Basingstoke Canal Guildford was in the centre of a network of waterways that aided its prosperity. Guildford is a bustling English town, with a High Street paved with granite setts (frequently referred to as cobbled), numerous shops and department stores. It is a market town with the market being held on Fridays and Saturdays. A farmers' market is usually held on the first Tuesday of each month.
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