The town of Guildford in Surrey boasts a magnificent history dating back to the time of the Saxons as well as a superb location, positioned between the rolling North Downs and the River Wey. The town has a lot to offer as a venue for a visit or even a vacation and caters to tastes as diverse as the countryside surrounding it.
Cafes, bistros and restaurants line the streets offering a broad range of cuisine to suit every taste and diet. Visitors are encouraged to linger and sample the secret side of the town, as quirky architectural features appear along every street, from miniscule passageways between the high Victorian buildings to the spooky, cool underground crypts. The famous High Street Clock stands jutting out onto the high street from the Tudor Guildhall building and is reminiscent of the things you hear about in fairytales and legends. The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre provides high quality performances of classic and contemporary plays and stage shows, which you can enjoy almost every night of the year. The Electric Theatre is a community theatre offering delightful productions of old favourites and is another venue for great entertainment. Then there's the Guildford House Gallery, which is an amazing 17th century town house atop the high street with an ever-changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events, featuring stunning and challenging art from around the country.
Then there's the caste, which began as a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle, built around 1066. The 12th Century saw the replacement of the wooden defences to stone and the motte acquired first a shell keep and then the tower keep that survives today. Guildford Castle is the only royal castle in Surrey and as a result became the centre for administration and justice and now stands as a glorious example of historical evidence of the systems used throughout the ages. A visit will treat you to amazing architecture, glorious views, a host of knowledge and beautiful walks through the gardens and sits a mere few minutes from the high street. Guildford Castle is most definitely worth a visit if your path should lead you to this fantastic town.