At the beginning of December, I went on a quick overnight trip to Guildford to get some work done. I’d only been once before when Sam and I were doing the Farnham to Guildford stretch of the North Downs Way. However, due to my slightly embarrassing love of “Great Canal Journeys” I saw Tim and Pru travel down the canals in and around Guildford.
I managed to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing on my quick December trip. Coincidentally, the day that I was there was one of the few days the High Street in the town centre was closed for the Christmas market. I was absolutely astonished at how lovely the High Street was with it’s cobblestone streets and it’s Guildhall clock. I also made quite the long and steep walk to Guildford Cathedral to have a nose around. I was surprised by the cathedral; it’s quite modern in build, and not at all what I was expecting. I got to explore around the castle as well, but that’s unfortunately undocumented as it was already dark.
Also, most excitingly, after ages spent looking for a wedding ring: in all the high street shops in London, in pretty much every single store and kiosk in Hatton Garden, I finally found something that I liked in a tiny family jewellers in Guildford call Whibleys. I just popped in on a whim and was astonished to find exactly what I had been looking for all along.
One of the craziest things about the area is that even though it’s technically a London commuter town, it’s actually quicker to get in to central London via the direct train than it is for me to get into central London living in London.
Have you ever been to Guildford?