Situated at the heart of Surrey lies the vibrant town of Guildford. With excellent links to both London and the southeast, the market town is a perfect point of exploration for southeast England.
Guildford is the ideal scenic getaway for history boffins, with many discoveries of Roman settlements found throughout the town. A rich heritage is echoed in its architecture and National Trust attractions, and Guildford is renowned for having some of the best stately homes in the county.
Guildford’s charming countryside is a gateway to some of the most stunning scenery in the southeast -andlocated just three miles south of Guildford’s town centre is illustrious Loseley Park. Nestled in grand Elizabethan rose gardens, with incredible views across the North Downs, Loseley Park’s stately home is simply stunning. Wander through the two-and–a-half acre parkland and visit the award-winning herb and rose gardens. The historic manor house hosts many events throughout the year, one of the most popular being the Decorative Home & Salvage Show.
Explore Surrey’s vibrant past and visit the focal point of the town, Guildford Castle. Built by William the Conqueror post-Battle of Hastings, the castle is set in stunning flower-filled parklands. The gardens include a life-size statue of ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’intribute to Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, who lived close by. For an incredible panoramic view of the castle’s gardens and the wider Guildford countryside, climb the Great Tower.
As the quintessential Edwardian retreat, stately home PolesdenLacey is the crowning glory of Guildford’s National Trust properties. Synonymous with royalty, PolesdenLacey has Her Majesty’s seal of approval. Marvel at the remarkable Gold Room, which was designed to impress kings and queens. Wander through the home and you’ll notice the diverse interior created to showcase the wealth of its original owner. The dining room houses an impressive collection of late 18th century and early 19th century art that is typically Edwardian, while the library iscreated in a French style with mirror-backed doors.
Guildford borough is blessed with quaint English villages that are scattered across Surrey. Only a 30-minute drive from central Guildford, you’ll find thevillage ofShere. This quintessentially English parish is nestled in the Tillingbourne Valley and is packed full of charming cottages and winding country lanes. The quaint village setting has been used in numerous films over the years, including‘The Holiday’ and ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’.Shere is also located just 30 miles from central London if you wanted to combine your visit with a trip to the capital.
If you’re considering hiring a car in Guildford, our central pick-up point is located at nearby Guildford Train Station.