Reaching the elegant Surrey town of Guildford is simple, thanks to regular rail connections from central London, and nearby London Gatwick Airport. Rail links travel direct from major aviation hubs and stop right in the center of Guildford, making it easy for visitors to explore when they arrive.
Wherever travelers start their journeys, trains will arrive at Guildford Station. Situated at a railway crossroads around 30 minutes south of London Waterloo, Guildford Station is not more than 10-15 minutes' walk from the town center or Surrey University. It also has a picturesque location, right next to the River Wey, making a pleasant entry point to start a visit to Guildford.
Trains from London Waterloo to Guildford will be operated by South Western Railway, which offers multiple services every hour and a journey time of around 35 minutes. Trains from London Gatwick Airport are operated by Great Western Railway (40 minutes journey time). A few Southern trains run to London Bridge every day, along with a single CrossCountry service to Newcastle.
Anyone who wants to visit Guildford will find that trains offer the most convenient transport option. Most importantly for visitors coming from North America, the town enjoys a direct rail link to London Gatwick and excellent connections to London Heathrow Airport so flight transfers aren't complicated. In general, trains to Guildford offer fast journey times from London, Reading, or Portsmouth. They get into a station that is conveniently situated to visit the cathedral, university, or the city center, and prices should be very reasonable if tickets are booked in advance.
Before visiting Guildford, it's a good idea to plot some walking routes to local attractions. There's rarely a need to take buses, as the town is relatively compact. Highlights in town include Guildford Cathedral with its bold 1930s design and the much more ancient Guildford Castle, built by the Norman invaders to secure southern England. There's a wonderful gallery dedicated to Victorian master George Frederic Watts, as well as numerous stately homes in the nearby area. Don't miss Loseley Park, Clandon Park, or Hatchlands Park. The gardens at Hatchlands are a complete delight, while the Cobbe Collection of antique pianos and harpsichords is an unexpected bonus.