Guildford is situated just off the A3, which connects a few miles away with the M25. All of London's airports are easily reached, Gatwick and Heathrow in particular. There is a frequent rail service from Guildford to London Waterloo, taking as little as 35 minutes.
Guildford is also the cultural capital of the area. The town boasts two theatres - the Yvonne Arnaud where the programme includes pre- and post-West End plays and the Electric Theatre known for its varied programme, an Odeon multiplex cinema and museum. Notable historic buildings include the Guildhall, the Castle, Abbot's Hospital, Loseley Park and two National Trust properties. Dominating the town from its imposing hilltop position is Guildford Cathedral.
Guildford benefits from a large selection of excellent schools, both private and state, together with Guildford College and the University of Surrey. Guildford Spectrum, located in the extensive Stoke Park, is an exciting family-orientated one-stop leisure complex. Guildford town centre, with its cobbled High Street and wealth of shops and restaurants, is a mecca for serious shoppers. The many other sports and leisure facilities in the area include an open-air swimming pool and ice rink, while the River Wey provides narrowboat cruises and rowing through picturesque countryside.