Guildford life

Guildford was named the eighth best place to live in the UK in the Halifax Relocation guide Quality of Life Survey 2015. It offers a vibrant blend of entertainment, culture and history, with easy access to the beautiful Surrey countryside.

If you are looking to move to the area, read our relocation guide.

Travel and transport

Guildford to London Waterloo is only 34 minutes by train. The A3 main road allows good access to the whole south east of England. For international travel, both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are only 35 minutes away.


Guildford’s cobbled high street is home to some of the best shopping in the region. The town also boasts three shopping centres and a variety of markets, including a monthly farmers market stocked with local foods and produce.

Food and drink

From cool cafes and cosy pubs to stylish restaurants and lively bars, Guildford offers plenty of places to eat and drink.

Arts and entertainment

G Live, Guildford's £26 million live entertainment venue, offers a packed calendar of music, comedy and theatre. There is also a cinema, theatres, art galleries and performance spaces.

Outdoor spaces

There are numerous parks, a lido and riverside walks within the town. The town is well situated to discover the Surrey Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


The town has plenty of history to explore with the castle, museums, churches and cathedral.

Sports and activities

There is lots on offer with ice skating, tenpin bowling and swimming at the Spectrum or the enjoy the Olympic-class sports facilities at the Surrey Sports Park. The Wild Wood tree-top experience is a great day out for children.

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