Local area guide

Living in Guildford

Thinking about moving to Guildford? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Guildford

Why Guildford is a good place to live

Guildford offers an ideal blend of town and country life, being nestled within the tranquil Surrey countryside whilst remaining within easy reach of London. What makes living in Guildford appealing is its excellent transport systems, with good train access to London Waterloo, and the nearby Heathrow and Gatwick airports. A proud host of the University of Surrey and high performing schools, educational quality is high here. The town's High Street is considered one of the prettiest in south-east England, flourishing with a rich assortment of shops, boutiques, and a monthly farmers' market. Residents also enjoy a diverse range of dining and entertainment options, with the town center boasting a Purple Flag status, recognised for safety and variety.

What's Guildford famous for?

Guildford is famous for its rich historical past, notably the remains of Roman dwellings, and its stunning Guildford Castle constructed by William the Conqueror. The stunning cobbled High Street and the overhanging clock are notable features of the town. Notably, Guildford holds significance in pop culture too. The Guildford Cathedral served as a filming location for the 1976 horror classic, The Omen. Guildford also shows up in literary history; Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', resided here, and the first written record of Cricket being played in England in 1598 was reported in Guildford.

Things to do in Guildford

There is a bustling assortment of things to do in Guildford beyond simply soaking in its serene provincial charm. History buffs will enjoy discovering more the historical Guildford Castle and Cathedral and a visit to museums such as Guildford Museum. The natural beauty of Guildford provides splendid options for outdoor activities such as walking tours like the Guildford Town Trail and the Hog's Back Walk, and boat trips on the River Wey from Dapdune Wharf. The town is also abundant with leisure and entertainment options from sporting activities at Surrey Sports Park to cultural experiences at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

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Average asking prices in Guildford today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£525,000

83 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£850,000

192 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£575,000

139 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£290,000

293 properties for sale

Properties currently for sale in Guildford

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Transport in Guildford

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Guildford.

Local connections

Guildford
National Rail
0.3 miles / 0.5 km
London Road (Guildford)
National Rail
0.5 miles / 0.8 km
Shalford (Surrey)
National Rail
1.5 miles / 2.4 km
Chilworth
National Rail
2.5 miles / 4.0 km
Farncombe
National Rail
3 miles / 4.8 km
Clandon
National Rail
3.6 miles / 5.8 km

Schools in Guildford

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Guildford.

Education in Guildford

Castle Garden School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Royal Grammar School Guildford
Ages: 3 - 18 years old
Sandfield Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Pewley Down Infant School
Ages: 4 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2012)
St Nicolas CofE Aided Infant School
Ages: 5 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Guildford County School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2023)

Local pubs in Guildford

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  • Pews Wine Bar

    Guildford, Surrey, GU1

    Pews is a unique and funky style bar just off the busy high street in Guildford,it has a large courtyard area which is open all year round with an outdoor bar!

  • Fahrenheit 55

    Guildford, Surrey, GU1

    Late night bar, located up a narrow alley off the main High Street. No real ale but a reasonable range of craft beers including Harviestoun and a couple of US and Australian imports.

  • March Hare

    Guildford, Surrey, GU1

    Our lovely pub in Guildford is warm and welcoming, offering a unique combination of traditional English pub and French brasserie. Our chefs prepare food to order using the freshest seasonal ingredients, creating delicious à la carte and monthly-changing s