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Guildford Castle
Guildford High Street
Guildford Park

Guildford & Godalming

Also Includes

Shalford, Shere, Milford and Cranleigh

Postcode Areas Covered

GU1, GU2, GU3, GU4, GU5, GU6, GU7 and GU8

Our Summary

Our rating of Guildford & Godalming

This is a good, well-established and well-regarded area which has plenty to offer its residents.

General Description

Situated in the heart of Surrey, and backing onto the South Downs, these two towns differ in many ways but complement each other too.

Guildford is by far the larger town and whilst it is commonly referred to as a city (it does possess a cathedral) it is not as City status has not been granted by the Queen. It is the county headquarters for Surrey. Guildford has very good links to London by both road and rail and subsequently tends to attract a certain amount of commuters. The town has excellent shopping facilities and a good selection of restaurants and attracts visitors from out of the area to its shopping centres and High Street. There are a high number of businesses that have based their headquarters here and subsequently, travelling around the town in peak hours can become frustrating. Guildford has a good mix of architecture with some buildings dating back to the 16th century, and several developments that though built more recently don't feel "out of place". The area is popular with all due to the range of property from apartments to large gated executive homes and excellent facilities.

Godalming is a small, quiet, peaceful town situated approximately five miles to the south of Guildford. It has a sense of community about it that isn't found in larger towns. Godalming is situated on the river Wey and picturesque strolls can be taken through the town as it has retained many of its original features and maintains a rural feel. Transport links are well catered for here as the town is close to the A3 and has a train station that runs straight into Waterloo. The area is popular with young working professionals, families and commuters.

Shere is a picturesque village nearly 8 miles south-east from Guildford town centre. Much of the centre of the village is property that dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries with timber-framed properties and a working forge giving the village its traditional look. There is a small, eclectic group of shops in the village centre, some catering for the passing tourists, and a few gastropubs and restaurants.

Shalford is a large village situated midway between Guildford and Godalming. The village initially grew around the church and the flour mill and again in the mid 1800’s when the railway line was built. Much of the housing dates from that time through to present day, though a few of the old cottages do remain. Whilst it has a train station this is on the line between Reading and Gatwick so travel into London requires a change at Guildford.

Milford is a large, modern, residential town to the south-west of Godalming. The town used to have the A3 road passing through it until a bypass was built in the early 1990’s though it is still a junction for access on to the A283 down to Chichester. The train station is situated a little to the south of the town and is on the mainline between London Waterloo and Portsmouth, as are Guildford and Godalming. There is no real centre to the town, just a few sporadically located shops, including a small grocery store.

These areas are popular with families who are working locally or those commuters looking for the more idyllic side to life who don’t mind a longer commute.

Cranleigh is a large village situated 10 miles south of Guildford. Originally named Cranley the spelling of the town’s name was changed by the Post Office to Cranleigh to avoid confusion with similarly named Crawley. The town started to grow with the introduction of the railway but the station has since closed. There is some older Victorian housing in the town centre but much of it is post war. The village centre is reasonably stocked with shops and many people from the surrounding villages will come here to shop, particularly for day to day items. The area is quite quiet and does not have good travel links making it a haven for families looking for a quieter location.

Travel Times

There is easy access to the main A3 road between South-West London and Portsmouth from Guildford, Godalming and Milford. There is also good access to the rail network with the mainline between Portsmouth and London Waterloo passing through the same areas as it almost parallels the main road. There is also a second line that runs between Reading and Gatwick, passing though Guildford and Shere, meaning direct rail access to Gatwick airport.

From Guildford to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 32 miles, 45 mins 40 mins (direct to London Waterloo)
Heathrow Airport 22 miles, 25 mins  
Gatwick Airport 34 miles, 30 mins 40 mins (direct)
Reading 28 miles, 50 mins 39 mins (direct)
Portsmouth 44 miles, 50 mins 55 mins (direct)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Housing in Guildford is typically well established. There is a good selection of styles and sizes of homes to accommodate the single person through to the largest families. As with any town there are areas of new development, but you will also find period properties as well as homes built in the latter half of the twentieth century. Houses close to the town centre tend to be of an older style and attract slightly higher prices than those further out of town. There is a good selection of one and two bedroom apartments and these tend to be closer to the town centre. Popular housing estates that were established in the 1980's are to be found in Burpham and Merrow. Both of these areas lie on the eastern outskirts of the town and have their own, limited, shopping facilities.

The properties in Godalming tend to be individual rather than sprawling estates of the same style of homes and are from many different periods of time as such the area tends to attract families.

Property in the surrounding villages is generally detached family homes. Prices can be high and some reach the million pound mark with ease.

Area Name
  To Purchase To Rent
1 bed £140,000 - £325,000 £700 - £1300 per month
2 bed £220,000 - £550,000 £950 - £2000 per month
3-4 bed £320,000 - £1,400,000 £1200 - £3700 per month
5+ bed £800,000+ £3000+ per month

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.


Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is Surrey and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.

There is a very good selection of independent schools in the area, many of which are known for their high academic results. State schools in the area also perform well with many achieving results above the national average. Also the University of Surrey is based in Guildford.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map


  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Guildford Borough Council and Waverley Borough Council are the administrative authorities responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.

The police authority for the area is Surrey. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.


Shopping in Godalming is fairly restricted to the High Street. Whilst it has enough shops for everyday needs, if you are shopping for clothes or larger household goods, a journey into Guildford will be necessary.

Guildford's town centre is much bigger than Godalming and attracts shoppers from out of the area. It is largely pedestrianised and has a clean and peaceful feel about it. Whilst most shops will be found on and around the High Street, there is The Friary which is an undercover shopping mall with many outlets and a department store.

North Street Market is held every Friday's and Saturday's in Guildford town centre with stalls selling a variety of goods from clothes to produce.

Guildford Farmer’s Market is held on the first Tuesday of every month and has local vendors selling fresh produce as well as some more unusual food items.

Farmer’s Markets are held in Godalming and Milford on the last Saturday or 3rd Sunday of every month respectively. Vendors sell a wide variety of good quality fresh produce.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

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Leisure Facilities

Guildford Spectrum Centre offers a gym and exercise classes, a leisure pool with slides and other interactive water features, competition and diving pools, an ice rink, ten-pin bowling centre and outdoor athletics track and sports fields.

Guildford Lido is an open air swimming pool which is open May-September every year. It is heated, so don't allow the British weather to put you off!

Godalming Leisure Centre is equipped with a swimming pool, fitness suite and squash courts.

Guildford Golf Club is an 18 hole downland course which is more difficult than expected. Members, Guests and Visitors are welcome.

Bramley Golf Club is a par 69 18 hole course set in stunning parkland. This is primarily a members club though does welcome visitors if they p-re-book.

Milford Golf Club is an 18 hole course that welcomes both members and visitors alike.

Odeon Cinema is a large cinema with all the latest releases on show.

Local Attractions

Clandon Park – is a National Trust house and gardens dating from the 18th century.

Guildford Castle and Grounds - only the stone keep remains, but the grounds are still stunning.

Guildford Cathedral – dominates the skyline sat on the ridge of Stag Hill.

Guildford Museum - shows life in the town from pre-historic times through to modern day.

Hatchlands Park – a National Trust house and grounds, it is home to a large keyboard instrument collection.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - situated on the banks of the river and stages plays and musicals.

Electric Theatre – is a vibrant arts theatre situated in the heart of Guildford.

River Wey Navigations - a mix of river and canal. Take a boat trip or just amble along the tow-paths.

Surrey County Show - Agricultural show held in the summer months.

Godalming Museum - exhibits concerning the history of the town.

Loseley Park - grounds and manor house which is open to the public in summer months.