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What to do in Guildford

About Guildford

Guildford marks the remnant of a royal era of England in Surrey County. Historically, this town, located in Southeast England, gained importance due to its location as the midpoint between Portsmouth and Greenwich. When horse-drawn carriages were the mode of transport, travellers would often stop at Guildford to break the journey and change horses. With the advent of locomotive travel, the town fell into neglect. However, when people started to commute to London for work, the town once again picked up its energy and became both an economic and cultural centre for all of Surrey.

Lewis Carroll lived in Guildford and his house “Chestnuts” is a renowned site for visitors. The overhanging clock on the Guildhall, the Guildford Castle and grounds with its panoramic garden, the Guildford Cathedral and St Catherine’s Chapel are other points of interest for touring holidaymakers. The River Wey, a tributary of the Thames, winds through the town of Guildford. Boating down the river or just sitting alongside the banks is a soothing experience and provides an insight into what the Wey was like in historic times. You can book a hotel in Guildford with eDreams' efficient, easy-to-use search engine - simply enter your dates of travel and the number of guests and rooms required and you'll be able to browse a selection of hotels to find the right one for you.

What to see in Guildford

Charlotteville, used as a place for keeping vagrants as recently as the 1960s, makes for an intriguing sight. The famed cobbled streets of Quarry Street houses the Guildford Museum, which provides a detailed history of the town since times of yore. The Guildford Cathedral, built during the period 1930-1961 on the Stag Hill, is open all through the year. Daily guided tours are available between 9.40am and 4.00pm, providing an interesting view of both the inside and outside of the building and its history.

Another place to take a leisurely tour of is Loseley Park, a former stately home. You can explore both the house itself, complete with period furnishings as well as the surrounding grounds that includes a chapel, tea room and a gift shop for you to buy souvenirs at. Close to Guildford is Clandon Park with its unique Maori meeting house called Hinemihi. This structure was an import from New Zealand and such an edifice can be seen nowhere else in Britain. Wine lovers would love the Denbies vineyard.

Where to stay in Guildford

While the best price is a major factor in the planning stages, location is equally important to make the visit a memorable one. Booking a hotel in Guildford close to the London Road railway station would be most convenient for those planning to reach the town by rail or even by car. Visitors could also check out the hotel deals close to High Street. A hotel accommodation close to the Guilford Castle can be contemplated if you would rather cover all the interesting spots by foot.

Visitors can book a hotel alongside the River Wey, especially if you enjoy serene surroundings during your stay. Guildford also boasts of shopping malls located at North Street. If you would rather not spend too much on accommodation, then look for a cheap hotel in the villages right outside town, which also have some of the finest pubs in the region.

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