Guildford is a historic market town in the heart of Surrey, featuring cobbled high street overlooked by the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is one of the most sought after places to live in the UK and offers a host of cultural and natural attractions.
The town blends the modern with the historic, with its cutting edge shopping centres and sporting facilities juxtaposed with castle ruins and the remains of an ancient abbey. The town’s diversity is also reflected in its selection of restaurants, bars and clubs, ranging from plush piano bar to rustic country pubs.
A popular commuter town, Guildford is also the home of several large corporations, including video game giants EA, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, making the town an important centre for business in the south east.
A place steeped in history, culture and innovation, Guildford is equally popular with tourists and business travellers.
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Choosing where to stay in Guildford will vary greatly depending on the nature of your visit. For example, those wanting a view of the surrounding countryside will want to base themselves towards the River Wey, whilst anyone visiting on business will need to be near the town centre.
There are numerous accommodation options in town, but for those on an extended stay or corporate trip, serviced apartments offer a cost effective and convenient way of having all the benefits of a hotel, whilst enjoying privacy and flexibility of your own self-contained property. The Squa.re can offer a selection of the finest luxury serviced apartments in Guildford, ensuring you have all the amenities and space you require. Our properties are fitted with all mod cons and furnished to the highest standard - featuring elegant bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen facilities.
Home to a major UK university and the countries leading music college, Guildford features a bustling cultural and social scene and is particularly regarded for its live music scene. The Electric Theatre and G-live are events venues hosting a broad range of entertainment all year round - from opera to heavy metal concerts, whilst several of the local pubs double as live music halls. In the summer months, the Guildford Shakespeare Society gives outdoor performances, whilst the town centre even has its own resident ghost tour.
Many living in the surrounding towns travel to Guildford for its excellent shopping facilities. North Street and the High street run side-by-side and are lined with popular fashion retailers, departments stores and professional services. There’s also the Friary shopping centre, hosting several brands including HMV, Superdry and Abercrombie and Fitch.
The town centre is easily navigated on foot, as the main streets and shopping centre are within close proximity. Anyone looking to visit Surrey Sports Park, the leisure centre of Surrey University, will find that the town is serviced by comprehensive bus routes, which also run into the nearby towns of Woking and Aldershot.
Guildford features two mainline railway stations and is extremely well connected to both London and Portsmouth, as well as offering direct services to Gatwick Airport and Ascot. There are up to four fast trains per hour going into London Waterloo, with a journey time of approximately 35 minutes.
For anyone driving into the town, there is a Park and Ride facility on the outskirts, offering a convenient way to leave your car behind. Alternatively, the town centre features several large car parks, thought costs can vary.
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