Here at the Guildford Pavilion, we absolutely love our hometown of Guildford Surrey. There’s so much to see and do, and it makes a great place to live and work. But what exactly do we love so much about it? We’ve put together 8 of our favourite things about the town, so if you want to find out more, keep on reading!

There’s so much variety

If there’s one thing that Guildford Surrey has, it’s variety! Whatever you’re into, you’ll find something to interest you in this town! There are countless shops in the town centre, from beautiful independent boutiques to the main big-name chains. There’s also plenty to interest your tastebuds with the big range of restaurants and cafes. You can find basically every type of cuisine in the town centre. From your standard Italian, to Greek, Japanese, Indian, and literally everything in between, it has it all!

If nightlife is more your thing, then there are plenty of bars and clubs about to choose from. And, with a thriving student population, a night out is guaranteed to never be boring! Furthermore, there are plenty of cultural venues and museums on offer. Venues such as the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and G-Live attract a wide variety of live and streamed performances. This includes everything from prestige plays to the UK’s best comedians. Truly, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this town, which is exactly why we love it so much!

The surrounding countryside is beautiful

Guildford countryside

Guildford Surrey is renowned for being sat in the middle of so much beautiful countryside! In fact, if you love a country walk or want to visit a picturesque village, then you truly are spoilt for choice with this town. Just a few miles drive from Guildford will see you transported to gorgeous green spaces, rolling hills that are perfect for hiking, and amazing beauty spots such as Newlands Corner.

And, if that wasn’t enough already, there are even plenty of green spaces within walking distance of the town centre itself. From the spacious Stoke Park to the amazing views over the town offered at The Mount, there’s no excuse not to spend some time outdoors! This really is one of the best things about Guildford. It’s something that attracts many people to the town to live or to spend time.

Guildford Surrey has easy transport links

We’re really lucky with our location here in Guildford Surrey. We have direct train lines to other major towns and cities, including to London in well under an hour. Plus, things are easy to reach by car too, with the A3 in easy reach that can take you to London, Portsmouth, and everywhere in between rapidly. If you want to go further afield, we’re also close to major airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow. What more could you want? A picturesque yet bustling town that’s also close to London and beyond. It’s definitely one of the major things that attracts people to live in and visit the town.

The Cathedral is a big landmark

This is a staple landmark in Guildford Surrey and can be seen from various points in the town. It’s a centre for activity, with plenty of activities on offer, not just religious services! It comes even more alive at Christmas time, where locals flock to hear carols and enjoy the festive cheer. In fact, the Cathedral has recently been refurbished. This has made it even more of a talking point in the town. You can even take a tour around it, including going up the tower- which provides a great activity for anyone to do!

The River Wey is very picturesque

The picturesque river runs through Guildford Surrey and provides a whole range of activities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy! Take a walk along the river from Dapdune Wharf and enjoy the wildlife. Or, you can even take a leisurely boat trip along the river to sit back and take it all in. The River Wey has been a staple in Guildford life since the town’s origin. And, it is definitely one of the best things about the town.

River Wey

We love Guildford Surrey and its rich history

If you love history, there’s plenty to discover here in Guildford Surrey! It began as a Saxon village built by a ford of the River Wey. It then expanded to become a town in the 10th century. So, it’s safe to say that it has been around for quite some time. And, it has a rich history to match this. By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, it was quite a large settlement with around 900 people, with the average Village only being home to about 150. Since then, the town has continued to expand into the modern-day, and currently has a population of around 150,000 people.

If you want to learn more about Guildford and its history, there are plenty of resources both online and in the town itself. Our favourite is the Guildford Museum and its beautiful location right near the Castle! It has a variety of permanent and changing exhibitions on offer, so it’s definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in history.

The sports are numerous in Guildford Surrey!

Now, we may be a bit biased, but we believe that there are plenty of sports to enjoy here in Guildford Surrey! From ice hockey and basketball to, of course, cricket, there’s something for everyone to watch or play. Here at the Guildford Pavilion, we love our location looking out over Guildford Cricket Club’s pitch. It doesn’t feel that we’re just a few minutes walk away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre! Furthermore, with several leisure centres with amazing facilities from pools to sports courts, the local population and visitors love to get active and enjoy time with family and friends. Don’t forget the beautiful green spaces that offer ample opportunity for stunning countryside walks!

And finally, Guildford Pavilion

Guildford Pavilion

We think that Guildford Surrey is the perfect place to host any event, from birthday parties to a wedding reception. And, here at the Pavilion, we have a range of multi-functional spaces that can be used to host everything from Marquee events with large numbers of people to intimate private dining events. If you’re looking for the perfect venue for your Guildford event, that has easy transportation links and assistance from trained event professionals, get in touch today- we’d love to hear from you!