Guildford is civilised: just far enough down the A3 from London to escape its metropolitan excesses, but close enough to allow a trickle down of mercantile wealth and sophistication. The county town of Surrey, with good schools and punchy house prices, features a charming, historical cobbled high street with fine shopping.
On Stag Hill overlooking the town lies the modern University of Surrey. Other landmarks include Guildford Castle and Cathedral, the Spectrum Leisure Centre, and the River Wey which winds through the town. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside in the form of the North Downs.
Guildford's tranquility was shattered in 1974 by an IRA pub bombing targeting soldiers from nearby barracks that subsequently led to the case of the Guildford Four, whose conviction was later overturned.
Famous residents past and present include Terry Jones, Allan Wells and The Stranglers.