Guildford is famous for its picturesque, cobbled High Street and quaint side streets which are home to a number of small boutique shops and restaurants. It's a destination for families moving out of London but still within a 35 minute commute into the Capital and yet offers a high quality lifestyle as well as close proximity to the countryside. Tourists flock to it as a shopping haven.
The main shopping area lies between the iconic High Street with its Grade I Listed Guildhall and North Street with prime shops such as Marks and Spencer and House of Fraser straddling the two. Pretty paved and brick streets link the two and comprise many boutique stores, whilst a covered shopping mall, The Friary, appeals to the younger generation.When it comes to open space, Guildford does not disappoint, surrounded by the stunning and vast North Downs, Guildford caters for all outdoor pursuits, whether it be horse riding, rowing or simply a country walk at Newlands Corner and The Chantries.
The town is in easy reach of a handful of National Trust Houses including Clandon Park and Polesdon Lacey while Loseley House is also a short distance away in nearby Compton as well as the famous RHS gardens at Wisley. For golfers there is a plethora of well regarded courses many of international repute.Guildford offers parents an unrivalled choice of schools, with high performing independent schools, and the town also boasts a renowned music school The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM).
For the sporting enthusiast, Guildford is immensely proud of its Surrey Sports Park which was one of the official training camps during the London Olympics 2012. Harlequins Rugby Team also trains here. The popular Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre also provides extensive sporting and leisure facilities and during the summer, The Guildford Lido is a popular venue for those wanting to enjoy a swim in the open air.Amongst its landmark buildings is its historic castle and grounds which forms one of the backdrops to the town while on the other there are views towards Guildford Cathedral which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011
For fresh produce, visit the Farmers' Market, held on the first Tuesday of the month on the High Street, while every Friday and Saturday there's a general market on North Street.It is however its transport links which makes it first choice for people moving out of London with a direct train to London Waterloo in as little as 34 minutes; for those living on the eastern side of Guildford, the London Road train station also offers a direct but stopping service to London.
For road users, the A3 provides direct links to London and Portsmouth while its junction with the M25 and the rest of the motorway network is with 13 miles.