The area is great for parking too, with 30-minute parking slots available and only a short walk to the long stay car park at York Road and 4 park and ride facilties. 

Guildford's previous official historian claims that Guildford was granted the "ancient county court in Guildford by a grant of Henry III in 1257, marking Guildford’s status as county town of Surrey",[56] but it has been argued that this status is an inaccurate interperatation by said historian. His position is not backed up by the original documentation.

Guildford has been home to driver Katherine Legge[140] and sprinter Allan Wells, gold medallist in the 100 metres at the 1980 Olympics.[141] Footballer Matt Jarvis grew up in Guildford,[142] and the town is also home to Olympic kayakers Rachel Cawthorn and Liam Heath.[143][144]

There's so much choice in Guildford, from cool designer brands and luxury retailers to unique independent outlets, there's something for every age group, style and budget.  From beautiful boutiques and bustling Farmers' markets in cobbled streets (first Tuesday of every month except for January) in cobbled streets to state of the art 'covered' shopping centres and quirky independent shops.

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Guildford Castle features 2 model displays, and a viewing platform offering panoramic...

The Village also has a Residents' association, the Onslow Village Residents' Association (OVRA) which was set up in 1956 and whose object is to "safeguard the amenities of Onslow village and to promote the welfare, interests and well-being of the residents".[113] Onslow Village Society formed with the aim to tackle the acute shortage of decent working class housing following the First World War.

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A few peak hour trains from both stations, operated by Southern, go to London Bridge via Sutton and to Victoria via Selhurst.

Guildford is less than 35 minutes from Heathrow and Gatwick, the UK’s two largest international airports.

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The Surrey Sports Park, owned by the University of Surrey, opened its doors to general public on 19 April 2010 and its part of university's Manor Park campus close to the Royal Surrey County Hospital and the Surrey Research Park. It has a 50-metre swimming pool, climbing wall, as well as squash courts, floodlit tennis and pitches.[97] It is now the home of Surrey Scorchers of the British Basketball League and the Surrey Sharks of the Rugby League Conference London & South division.

An exhibition gallery in a restored 17thC house of architectural interest. Temporary...

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North Street From well-known stores, a modern shopping centre to a traditional market – North Street is as diverse as its shoppers.

Guildford is perfectly placed to take advantage of all that the region has to offer.

Guildford is a great base from which to explore the rest of south east England - and beyond.

Actors Stuart Wilson,[137] Christopher Gaze and Bonnie Langford are from the town,[138] and Monty Python member Terry Jones attended the Royal Grammar School.[139]

Due to recent development running north from Guildford, and linking to the Woking area, Guildford now officially forms the southwestern tip of the Greater London Built-up Area, as defined by the Office for National Statistics.

There is an old coaching inn on the Epsom Road previously called the "Sanford Arms", which may derive from "Sand Ford", adding weight to the suggestion that the first part of "Guildford" and its many historic predecessors may refer to the very distinctive golden sand showing on the banks of the River Wey where it cuts through the sandy outcrop just south of the town.[11]

The medieval Undercroft on Guildford High Street is one of the finest examples in the...

In 1598, a court case referred to a sport called kreckett being played at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. The school was built in 1509 and became Royal gaining the patronage of Edward VI in 1552.[10] The Oxford English Dictionary gives this as the first recorded instance of cricket in the English language.[26][27]

Guildford and the surrounding area is a great place to live, offering a vibrant blend of entertainment, culture and history.

The campus of the University of Surrey is in Guildford. Battersea College of Technology (previously the Battersea Polytechnic Institute) moved to the town in 1966, gaining a Royal Charter in order to award its own degrees and changing its name to its current title.

A community run Gallery showing work from both Private Exhibitors and Students from Adult...

Scary, snarling - and smiley - men went through a selection process hoping to be part of an action scene being filmed somewhere in Surrey during mid-October

As the main railway station is across the river from the bus station, only a small proportion of bus services stop at the railway station.[123] To address this issue, the Guildford Shuttle was introduced in 2000. This was a free circular bus service linking various areas of the town centre. But it was withdrawn in August 2008 when the borough council withdrew funding for it.[123] The operator of the service reintroduced it in January 2009 on a commercial basis, but withdrew it again in May 2010.

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1930 hailed the end of the Poor Laws and Guildford Union Workhouse, next to Cooper Road (named after Samuel Cooper (surgeon)) was renamed Warren Road Hospital playing a vital role in the World War II war effort it received victims of the London air raids and specifically Dunkirk and D-Day victims. The Spike, a vagrants and casuals ward, continued as an overnight shelter for the homeless until 1963.

Founded in 1619 Abbot's Hospital is a Grade I Listed almshouse which continues to...

Park Barn Estate is home to King's College, a school for 11- to 18-year-olds. There are also a number of primary schools in the area of Park Barn, including Guildford Grove School, which has a specialist sign-supported rescue base on the site that supports pupils with profound hearing impairments.[117] Football team Park Barn FC recently started up, playing in League 4 of the Guildford and Woking Alliance League.[118]

This now very large village attached to Guildford has its own article, see Burpham


Singer and actress Yvonne Arnaud lived in Guildford for many years, and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre was named in her honour;[135] later the town was the home of comic director, writer and actor Mackenzie Taylor (1978–2010).[136]

Located adjacent to the Park Barn Estate, the Westborough Estate was built in the 1920s due to the growing population at the start of the 20th century.[citation needed] Westborough is home to the United Reformed Church and to a Community Primary School located on Southway.

She has been editorial director of the online and print titles in Surrey and north-east Hampshire since 2007. Marnie previously worked at the BBC as a producer for 5 Live, having moved to national radio from BBC Sussex and Surrey.

The town of Guildford forms part of the larger area administered by the borough of Guildford, which in turn forms part of the county of Surrey. Whilst the rest of the borough's area is split into civil parishes, the urban area of Guildford in unparished. Thus, within the town of Guildford, the Borough Council takes the role of both first and second tier local authority, whilst the County Council forms the third tier of local authority.

There is also a park and ride service, with three main sites at Artington, Merrow and the Spectrum.[124] A fourth park and ride site, close to the Surrey Sports Park, was opened in late 2013.[125]

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If you have limited mobility and would like help getting around Guildford, Shopmobility provides manual and powered wheelchairs, powered scotters and attendant control power chairs to help you.  Shopmobility Guildfdord can be found on Level 3 of the Bedford Road Car Park (3 Bedford Road, Guildford GU1 4SJ).  Booking is advisable - 01483 453993

The painting by Anthony Devis who settled in Surrey has ignited discussions about whether it is a true depiction or a figment of imagination, inspired by other artists