UK Travel Guide



Guildford in Surrey

Guildford is an ancient town located at the site where the River Wey cuts into the North Downs. In medieval times, many palaces and a glorious castle could be found here, but the palaces have disappeared and little of the castle remains. Today Guildford is a prosperous town with many historical landmarks.

Beside the ruins of Guilford Castle are the Surrey Archaeological Society and the Guilford Museum. Exhibits on local history and archaeology are shown here. Also on display are items related to Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. Though Carroll did not live in Guilford, he spent much time here to be with his family. Carroll died in a house near the Castle ruins and is buried nearby in the Mount Cemetery.

In the center of town is the Guildhall, or town hall. Built in 1683, the building boasts a large gilded clock. Inside is the old courtroom and council chamber, complete with many pieces from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Guildhall is now only used for special ceremonies and annual Council meetings.

On the High Street is the Hospital of the Blessed Trinity. Founded by Archbishop George Abbot in 1619, not much of the hospital has changed since its construction, including the stained glass windows representing the story of Jacob. The building, which is now a home for people who are elderly, is open to the public daily.

Three miles South of Guilford is Loseley Park. Many popular dairy and cereal goods are made here. Loseley House was built during the reign of Elizabeth I. It was made for Sir William More and has been in his family ever since. The family has opened the house to visitors. Inside, beautiful pictures, tapestries and furniture can be seen. Some of the furnishings date back to the time the house was built.