Guildford will hold an Olympic Torch evening celebration event on Friday 20 July.
Find more information about timings and tickets on the What’s on events listing.
Surrounded by the Surrey Hills ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, this picturesque county town gives a quintessentially English backdrop to the London 2012 Torch Relay.
With a beautiful cobbled High Street, historic buildings and Norman castle ruins, Guildford has it all. The town boasts excellent shopping as well as a fantastic array of leisure pursuits, including the River Wey. There are also miles and miles of footpaths and bridle ways, and three exceptional theatres, including the recently opened G-Live.
Guildford boasts some iconic modern architecture, including the Duke of Kent building at the University of Surrey – used in the popular TV sci-fi series Primeval – and the green glassed Onslow House.
Vaughan Williams, one of Britain’s most famous musicians, was a local Surrey resident and his song ‘Lark Ascending’ was inspired by the River Wey.
Size: 270 square kilometres
Places of interest
- Guildford High Street – voted one of the top 20 shopping locations in the country
- Guildford Castle – Norman Castle ruins set in beautiful gardens open to the public
- Guildhall – Civic building and clock located in the heart of the High Street
- Spectrum Leisure Centre – voted one of the top leisure centres in the country
- Surrey Sports Park – newly opened at University of Surrey, a playing host as a London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp
- Newlands Corner – beauty spot just outside Guildford where crime writer Agatha Christie famously disappeared