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Guildford is a large town in Surrey in England, and it is located 27 miles from the southwest of Central London on the A3 trunk road midway between the capital and Portsmouth. The total inhabitants of the town are about 80,000 and according to a census conducted in 2015, the population of Guildford was 146,100. The University of Surrey and Guildford Cathedral were added to the network in the 20th Century.  


Guildford House Gallery is an art gallery situated in the High Street, and run by the Guildford Borough Council. Guildford Museum is the main museum in the town which showcases local history and needlework displays. The city is also home to small, private, and beautiful art galleries on the High Street. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is the commercial theatre of the town. The Electric Theatre was opened in 1997, and hosts performances related to music and drama. Stoke Park is used for the Guilfest music festival in the summer season.

Odean cinema multiplex was the first cinema to show digital 4K films in the world and opened in June 2007. Guildford Civic Hall was an art and entertainment centre and was replaced by a new venue “G Live”.


Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre is a national sports centre which includes Ten-pin bowling, a Laser tag, an ice rink and an athletics track. It is used for indoor sports club including trampolining and gymnastics. The Surrey Sports Park is situated very close to the University of Surrey, and the University of Surrey owns it.It was opened on 19th April 2010. The park has a climbing wall, squash courts, floodlit tennis court, and a 50-metre swimming pool.  


Holy Trinity, St Thomas of Canterbury, Guildford Grove and Boxgrove Primary School are the primary schools in the town. Royal Grammar School is the best-known school in the city and was founded in 1509. Guildford High School, Priors Field School, Guildford High School and Rydes Hill Preparatory School are the independent schools in Guildford.

The University of Surrey is a public university in the town and Battersea College of Technology which was previously known as Battersea Polytechnic Institute, and is now located on a new site since 1966. The city has The University of Law and the Guildford School of Acting for the local and international people.  

Transport Facilities

The town has two central railway stations. The main station is operated by the South Western Railway and Great Western Railway situated on the west side of the River Wey. Nowadays, buses are used for long-distance service to Newcastle upon Tyne through Reading, Derby, Doncaster, and Sheffield.  

Arriva, Safeguard and Stagecoach primarily serve bus services. Many local bus services are having circular routes with different numbers for clockwise and anticlockwise services.

Guildford and the media

Carry on Sergeant is the film which was captured, and it was shot at the Queens Barracks. “The Omen” is a supernatural horror film where there was a scene which was filmed at Guildford Cathedral.

Notable residents

  • Katherine Legge is a British auto racing driver, and she has also featured in Richard Hammond’s Crash Course.
  • Allan Wells is a former runner and also gold medallist in the 100 metres race at the 1980 Olympics.
  • Yvonne Arnaud was a singer and actress born in Guildford and there is also a theatre named in her honour.
  • Roger Fry was an English artist, and member of the Bloomsbury He built and designed the house in which he lived in from 1909 to 1919.

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