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5 great reasons to visit Guildford

Guildford High Street

One of the most popular stars of the world-famous sitcom, Friends has revealed his love for the beautiful Surrey city of Guildford. Speaking to Star Magazine, the one and only Matt LeBlanc couldn’t speak highly enough about the town. In an interview where he was discussing the latest series of his new venture, BBC’s Top Gear, LeBlanc enthusiastically exclaimed:

“To be honest, we had the most laughs in Guildford. That’s where the track is and where everyone was most comfortable to push the limits.”

He continued: “You haven’t lived until you’ve been to Guildford.”

You may be considering Guildford for a day out or even visiting for business. Here’s some great reasons of why a trip to Guildford should be on your to do list.

Business

Guildford is a thriving commercial town with several top Global Companies having a presence in and around the area including Sanofi, Ericsson and Phillips. There are many business parks with The Surrey Research Park (www.surrey-research-park.com/) being one of the largest and is a major centre of excellence in technology, science, health and engineering. If you are visiting Guildford for business and looking for a place to stay, our beautiful serviced apartments offer great accommodation and are perfectly located for for an easy commute to London and Reading.

You can go to the theatre

Guildford boasts its very own arts and entertainment centre, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Named after the early 1900s musical comedy actress, Yvonne Arnaud, it shows a number of locally produced and national touring productions including opera, ballet and pantomime.

There’s a fantastic line-up of shows coming up including tributes to George Michael and ABBA, an adaption of Mel Brooks’ Academy Award Winning film, The Producers and some familiar classics – The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Cinderella.

There’s no shortage of restaurants

Whether you’re off for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or entertaining clients, you’re certainly spoilt for choice in Guildford. Some of the most highly rated pubs in the area include Kinghams, The Grantley Arms, The Queen’s Head, The Onslow Arms and The Red Lion Inn. If you’re for something a little more fancy, Positano, Olivo, Rumwong, Thai Terrace and Meat the Greek are all very popular restaurants.

If you’re looking for a chain restaurant, you can choose from Cote, Wagamama, Zizzi, Five Guys, Ask, Loch Fyne, Bill’s, Pizza Express, Nando’s and more.

The scenery is outstanding

Guildford Canal

Guildford’s outdoor spaces are truly spectacular. The River Wey offers towpath walks and boat trips from the Dapdune Wharf. If you head to the award-winning National Trust visitor centre, they will be able to tell you everything you need to know about the story of the river navigation and the people who lived and worked there. Devil’s punchbowl is just a short drive from the centre and is well worth the trip. As well as inspiring views, there are plenty of things to see and do, activities to participate in and places to eat.

If you’re looking for more things to do in Guildford, head to the Guildford Borough website (www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/) where there is plenty of information about what to see and do, events going on, and places to eat and drink.