Guildford is a large town in Surrey and home to 23 acres of parkland that make up The University of Law campus.
Rich in nature, history, art and culture, Guildford is an incredible location to study. To give you a better insight into what the town provides we’ve put together our top 5 reasons to study in Guildford.
Guildford is well known for its beautiful countryside and Stoke Park is a place of beauty, right in the middle of Guildford. The Green Flag Award winning park was donated to Guildford by Lord Onslow in 1925 with the express wish that it "remain for all time a lung of the town".
The 50 acres of open green space is home to mini golf, a paddling pool, a fitness trail, model boating pond, children’s playground, a number of sports fields and a skate park. Lots of group activities and classes are also run in the park. Stoke Park is also home to the annual Surrey County Show, a showcase of hundreds of animals, food and drink, top class entertainment and exquisite rural crafts.
Whether you’re looking to kick back and relax or work up a sweat, Stoke Park is one of the gems of Guildford.
Founded in 2006, The Boileroom is a multi-award-winning entertainment venue that’s hosted the likes of Ed Sheeran, Foals, The Bronx, Marmozets, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The 1975, Bastille, Wolf Alice, Sugarhill Gang and You Me At Six to name a few.
As well as being an intimate venue for incredible live gigs, it also hosts a number of other events such as drink and draws, gamer lounges and comedy nights.
Thought to have been built shortly after the Norman conquest of 1066, William the Conqueror had the castle built as it was the only town in Surrey (apart from Southwark) and on an important route between London and the south coast.
The castle grounds are free to enter so anyone can enjoy the vibrant seasonal flower displays. Keep an eye out for the life-size statue of Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is a memorial to Lewis Carroll who stayed nearby in his sisters' house, from 1868 until he died in 1898. Also, keep an eye out for the outdoor cinema in the summer. It’s an incredible setting so tickets sell out quickly.
Newlands Corner is an area of open chalk downland that provides visitors with incredible views across the ridge of the South Downs. This popular beauty spot is home to some of the best views over the Surrey Hills. Not only that, there is over 100 hectares of peaceful woodland to explore. Keep an eye out for some of the UK's most beautiful wildlife as the area is home to green woodpeckers, hazel dormice nuthatches, marbled white butterflies and tawny owls.
Guildford High Street is an unusual mix of historical buildings, shops for designer brands and luxury retailers as well as unique independent outlets. The beautiful cobbled streets, historic buildings and famous Guildhall clock make Guildford one of the most attractive high streets in the country.
The High Street is often home to local produce markets and events, especially during the winter season when Christmas lights and entertainment bring the street to life. If you want one piece of advice for taking in the wonder of Guildford, is look up. Above the shops and eateries is some incredible architecture that you won’t want to miss.
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