Guildford County Town Of Surrey
Guildford, county town of Surrey
For many visitors approaching Guildford, the county town of Surrey, their first view is of the 20th century red-brick cathedral and its golden angel weather-vane, perched high on Stag Hill where it overlooks the town and the university campus, dominating the surrounding landscape.
Guildford is a town rich in history with a Castle dating back to 1066, a Cathedral built in 1927 when the bricks used to build it cost a mere 12.5 pence, and a Museum that covers a wide range of topics including Archaeology, Needlework, Local History and Art in Guildford. All of these attractions in Guildford are open to the public and have minimal to no costs for entry.
Explore the Castle grounds, climbing to the top for panoramic views of Guildford, admire the contemporary architecture and stained glass windows of the Cathedral and uncover the daily life of Guildford residents spanning across the ages. Whether you're a visitor hoping to learn more about this county town of Surrey or a local that wishes to uncover the history of your fine surroundings, there is plenty to do, see and learn about in Guildford.
Guildford Castle - The partly restored Norman keep is open between March and October, although opening times should be checked in advance. A trip to the top of the keep provides excellent views across the town and surrounding countryside. The grounds are well maintained and include a pond, bowling green and ornamental gardens.
Guildford Cathedral - Perched on Stag Hill, adjacent to the university campus, the cathedral is an example of modern design utilising equally modern materials. Unlike many cathedrals, stained-glass windows are noticeably absent; almost all the windows are of plain glass, allowing natural light to flood the white interior. The cathedral is open every day, admission is free, and photography is permitted for personal use.
Guildford Museum - The Guildford Museum takes a look at the history of Guildford and the surrounding towns beginning from pre-historic times through to the 20th century. With over 75,000 different exhibits, the Museum covers Archaeology, Local History, Needlework and Art. Open Monday-Saturday with no admission charge, the Guildford Museum is great educational fun for the whole family.
Many of the historic shop-fronts along Guildford's famous cobbled High Street boast window displays of gold, silver and designer jewellery, expensive handbags and the latest fashions. Interspersed at intervals there are larger stores including Jaeger, M&S, Jo Malone, Monsoon and House of Fraser. There are, perhaps, a greater proportion of the smaller and older establishments along the northern (or left as you look up the hill) side of the Street, whilst the southern side tends toward more modern buildings including a Sainsbury's Foodhall, and the entrance to the Tunsgate Square Shopping Centre.
The endless retail opportunities along the High Street are diverse and great in number, and when Experian dubbed Guildford as the luxury shopping centre of the UK, the High Street must have been high on their list of qualifying locations. With the historic gold clock as the focal point and the rolling hills in the background, the High Street maintains its position as the heart of the town.
The Friary is Guildford's largest undercover shopping area, with over fifty stores spread out across three floors. Plus the casual visitor to Guildford could be forgiven for missing White Lion Walk, as the exterior resembles the entrance to a single shop or a London Underground station. However, the unimposing entrances, one in North Street and one in the High Street, lead to a lengthy shopping arcade that spans the gap between Guildford's two main shopping streets.
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