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Located in the heart of England’s celebrated and stunning county of Surrey, the gorgeous river city of Guildford is an integral place on any English itinerary; the area’s rich historic heritage is almost palpable amongst the majestic stately homes and commanding castles of the area. A serene stroll along the city’s gently flowing river will reveal the quintessential beauty and rich tradition of this industrial and inspiring place.
Rising dramatically over impeccably manicured gardens is the jewel in Guildford’s historical crown; with its traditional turrets and stoic gaze, Guildford Castle is an arresting vision of quintessential British history. Ascend the Great Tower from panoramic vistas of picturesque pastures that surround before delving into the stone depths of the dungeon for an eerie experience.
Continue your cultural odyssey with a visit to the nearby Loseley Park, a prestigious palace enshrouded in affluent aristocracy. Dating back to the 19th century, the stunning stately home is surrounded by verdant beauty and bounteous vegetable gardens.
Hailed as one of Surrey’s cultural treasures, the Watt’s Gallery speaks eloquently of the region’s rich artistic inheritance. Inside, epic allegorical paintings neighbour postured portraits of regal monarchs. Contemporary sculptures compliment the works of eponymous artist G. F. Watts, a critically acclaimed English artist who provoked social reform.
Immerse yourself in the warm atmosphere of one of England’s most revered cultural establishments by visiting one of Guildford’s most gorgeous gastro pubs, the Guildford Arms. An elegant first floor dining room and sublime sunken garden are perfect places in which to enjoy either a crisp glass of chardonnay. A critically acclaimed menu features seasonal specialities such as whiskey and tea cured salmon, black pudding stuffed belly and chocolate and hazelnut brownie. (55 Guildford Grove, London SE10 8JY)