The University of Surrey is just 10 minutes’ walk from the center of the Town of Guildford, offering a vibrant blend of entertainment, culture and history. With excellent road and rail links, and close proximity to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, delegates and guests can gather in Guildford with great ease. Although London is less than 40 miles away and approximately 30 minutes by train, the area is surrounded by rolling countryside. The beautiful countryside and picturesque villages of Surrey County were the setting for the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycle Races and the Tour of Britain final leg in September 2012. The town has a population of about 80,000 and is the seat of the wider Borough of Guildford which had an estimated 146,100 inhabitants in 2015.
Like the rest of Surrey County and the large majority of the British Isles, Guildford has a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. In January, the average high temperature is approximately 7 degree Celsius and the average low is 2 degree Celsius, with around 11 days of rain.
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. There is plenty to do, see and learn about in Guildford.
Entertainment venues in Guildford are not in short supply. Being a large town with a university and a diverse population, the area offers everything from fringe theatre and tiny quiet bars through to large live-music venues, an annual international music festival, a nationally recognised theatre and five well-established art galleries, including the famous Watts Gallery located a short drive out of town.
The choice of restaurants in Guildford will take you on a culinary journey around the world including cuisine from: France, Italy, India, China, Greece, Lebanon, Thailand, Japan, Spain, The Caribbean, Mexico, and of course England! Eating out in Guildford is the perfect way to spend time with friends and family, have a business lunch, or just treat yourself after a day enjoying the sights, and many restaurants have areas available for private dining. Guildford boasts a vibrant and safe night time economy and has been awarded Purple Flag four years running for assuring an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.