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1. History of Guildford
Guildford has Saxon roots, and it developed from a village to a town in the 10th century. In 978 it was an important English town because it was the home to the Royal Mint. During the Middle Ages, Guildford's main industry was wool making, but they faced stiff competition from the industry in the North, and their wool trade declined. Once the railway arrived in 1845, Guildford ...Read more
2. Now in Guildford
Guildford is the county town of Surrey, and is still a popular place to live for people commuting to London for work. It is a bustling town, with charming cobbled streets and many restaurants and shops to visit.
3. Events in Guildford
Guildford is home to many events throughout the year, including The Guilford International Music Festival, Surrey County Show, Guildford Book Festival and Guildford Cricket Festival.
4. Attractions in Guildford
Guildford is a market town that holds a market on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a Farmer's Market on Tuesdays. The Guildford House Gallery is the most popular Art Gallery in the county, and welcomes over 120,000 visitors every year. It is located in a Grade II Listed Townhouse that dates back to the 17th century.
5. Things To Do in Guildford
Guildford has great gardens and historic buildings to explore, as well as fantastic shops for those who are looking for some retail therapy. It is also the gateway to the Surrey Hills, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
6. Business in Guildford
Guildford is the home to the British headquarters of several world famous companies, including Colgate-Palmolive, Electronic Arts and Vodafone. Guildford has become a centre for video game production, with many electronic companies having a significant presence in the town.
7. Transport in Guildford
Guildford is only 40 minutes away from London on a train, and has excellent rail links. It is also only 50 minutes from the South Coast of England. It is well located to explore both London and the South East of England and is served by the M25, M3 and A3.
8. Entertainment in Guildford
Guildford's main theatre is the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which has shown many famous productions, both before and after they have been in the West End. There is also The Electric Theatre, which hosts performances from amateur dramatic performers and musicians.
9. Famous Landmarks in Guildford
One of the most famous landmarks in Guildford is the Guildhall, which was constructed in the 14th century. The projecting clock that was added in 1683 to the building can be seen throughout Guildford's High Street.
10. Interesting Facts about Guildford
The remains of a building which is thought to be the 12th century Guildford Synagogue were found in 1995. If the claims turn out to be true, it would mean that Guildford is home to the oldest synagogue in Western Europe.
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01 July 2013 - 31 July 2013
Cricket is celebrated in the Guildford Cricket Festival, which sees many popular local teams and teams from further afield play. The event takes places in July, and always attracts a great number of visitors.
01 October 2013 - 31 October 2013
The Guildford Book Festival was established in 1989, and has seen attendance from a diverse range of poets and authors including Maureen Lipman, Ian Rankin, David Starkey and Jacqueline Wilson. Every year, the event attracts many high profile authors who come to talk to ...more
01 March 2013 - 31 March 2013
The Guildford International Music Festival celebrates and showcases artists from both the local and international music scene. As well as music, they will also be showings of iconic rock films. Many of the shows are hosted in unusual locations such as the streets, pubs ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The Surrey County Show in Guildford is proud to be the largest agricultural show in the UK. The event attracts tens of thousands of visitors and the highest quality animals. The Surrey County Show takes place every year at Stoke Park, and showcases a wide range of cattl ...more
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Teenager Thomas Neve is on course to be a sporting star after winning a national title for his golf skills. Thomas, 18, a pupil at the Merrist Wood College, in Guildford, has won the individual title at the national...
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