Guildford Area Guide
After just one visit to Guildford, it will be obvious why The Sunday Times named it one of the top 15 places to live in the UK. Just 27 miles from London, Guildford offers all the space and community vibe that the Surrey countryside can offer, all whilst being within easy reach of the bright city lights of London.
With the perfect balance of rural and cosmopolitan life – there is plenty to do for families in Guildford, with events and festivals held throughout the year. Guildford also boasts its own Lido – Guildford Lido opens during the summer from May to September, whilst Stoke Park has a skate park, adventure golf course and a boating lake. Most popular attractions include Guildford Castle and Guildford Cathedral, and the famous Guild Hall gold clock. The town centre is also proud to bear purple flag status – ensuring there is a safe mix of activities for all the residents to enjoy.
Sports enthusiasts will want for nothing more at Surrey Sports Park, a £36 million facility offering something for everyone, from gym users to social sport spectators, elite athletes to fitness class fanatics, and the training centre for the Harlequin Rugby team. With an Olympic-sized pool, climbing wall, flood-lit tennis courts and a state-of-the-art gym, it is clear why it is such a firm favourite for Guildford residents.
With 47 primary schools to choose from, including Pewley Down Primary School, Burpham Foundation Primary School, Holy Trinity Junior School and two of the South East’s top 10 independent secondary schools, Guildford High School and Royal Grammar School, Guildford and the surrounding areas of Albury, Bramley and Shalford, offer a range of high performing schools for families to choose from.
Guildford is also home to The University of Surrey, now ranked one of the top 400 universities in the world, and firmly cementing its reputation as a centre of excellence for professional, scientific and technological studies.
Just 40 minutes from London Waterloo and with almost 100 trains daily, Guildford has retained its importance as a communication hub and market town, with a modern university, world-class sports facilities and extensive shopping and commercial developments.