Guildford railway station is an important junction on the Portsmouth Direct Line, serving the town of Guildford in Surrey, England. It is 48 km from London Waterloo. South West Trains have services to London Waterloo, Portsmouth Harbour, Haslemere and Ascot. First Great Western operate services to Reading, Redhill and Gatwick Airport. Southern provide services to London Victoria and London Bridge via Forest Hill. CrossCountry has one train a day to Newcastle.
There are many fascinating attractions in Guildford. A must-see for any visitor is Guildford Castle. This medieval castle was built to protect the town in the 1400s and was one of Henry III's most luxurious residences. Guildford Cathedral was constructed in the 1930s and was the first to be built on a new site since the Reformation. St Catherine's Chapel is a ruined abbey just a short walk along the River Wey from the centre of the town. The Wey Navigation canal winds its way through the town until it reaches the River Thames in Weybridge. It is a great place to relax and watch the canal boats go by. Just outside of Guildford there lies beautiful countryside and the magnificent former mansion of the Earl of Onslow. Built in the 18th century at Clandon Park it is well worth a visit. The building was designed by Italian architect Giacomo Leoni. Closeby is Denbies Vineyard, that produces extremely good wines from its locally grown grapes. Visitors can take horse and carriage rides through the vineyards. Guildford also has many excellent restaurants serving cuisine form all over the world, as well as local fare. Due to the university, there are also many pubs, live music venues, theatres and nightclubs.