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    Laurie
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    My husband and I are considering a move to the Guildford area from West London. We are planning a visit next week (our thoughts so far are based on others’ recommendations — we’ve not yet been to see for ourselves). Can anyone recommend a particular route/plan to follow for about a half day’s visit so we can get a good sense of the area? We have a toddler and a baby so are especially interested in getting a sense of family activities, primary schools, etc. as well as good residential areas not too far from the town centre/train station (my husband would be taking the fast train back into Waterloo). Thank you!

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    Alex
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    Guildford is a great place for families to live. There are two train stations with direct links into Waterloo, Guildford mainline and London Road. There is a large leisure centre with swimming pool, ice rink, bowling, etc, and the G Live venue that offers lots of different entertainment. There are loads of fabulous places to walk such as Stoke Park or up on Pewley downs. If you are coming to Guildford this weekend be mindful of parking as it is so close to Christmas this may be an issue, there are several park and ride schemes in place but you may not want to use these if you are trying to explore. The centre of Guildford is probably one of the most expensive places to live, so you may want to also look at Merrow & Burpham that are just a few minutes away, or slightly further out there are places like West Clandon that also have a station with direct links to Waterloo. There are lots of good schools in and around Guildford, we live just outside Guildford in the Surrey Hills so aren’t familiar with which ones are the best, but have heard lots of good things about both the state and private schools available. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

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    Diana
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    Hi
    Suggest you start by paying a visit to Guildford Tourist Information Centre – we are on the High Street – about a 7 minute walk from the Station. We are opposite Sainsburys and next door to NatWest Bank. The team can help you with maps and information on what is available in the area – you could start with this link: http://issuu.com/starfish_design_and_marketing/docs/vs_for_app
    You can call them on 01483 444333 or email tic@guildford.gov.uk with any specific questions you may have.
    You can pick up free maps at the Tourist Office to help with your planning on your look around. Best website for details of schools is http://www.surreycc.gov.uk which has details of all of them.

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    Alice
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    I was going to suggest you call into the Guildford Tourist Office and then I saw they’d posted here! I’ve only ever dealt with them via their FB page, but have found them really helpful and quick to respond, I’m sure they will be able to help you with maps and a route and suggestions of good places you should visit.

    Guildford is a really lovely town and there is so much of interest here. I love living here and I hope you find it a great place to move to, like I have! Been here about 6 years now and wouldn’t want to move.

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    Sally
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    Hi There,
    I run thebestofguildford and on my site we promote the bestof everything local in Guildford. We promote a great nursery/primary school which is in Merrow Starfish Nurseries, they are fabulous. I would agree Merrow/Burpham area’s are lovely. Godalming is also a very nice place too. There are two stations, one in town and another on London Road at the top of the high street. Definitely pay a visit to the Tourist Office in town, they have everything there, you can even ask for Diana Roberts, she know’s everything! You could also have a look at my site as we have local events, shops, businesses, restaurants, etc… http://www.thebestof.co.uk/guildford There is the spectrum which is a big sports centre for kids swimming pool/ice rink/soft play/ etc…..http://www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk/ This soft play place is great for the kids have taken my little girl on a number of occasions http://www.rokers.co.uk/littleangels/ We are not too far from the airports too Gatwick and Heathrow plus there is a lot to see in and around the area Windsor Castle is not too far, Hampton Court Palace, Wisley Gardens great place to take the kids http://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/ There are lots of places for walks. If you like entertainment, shows and live concerts/music G-Live is a great place to go http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/guildford/business-guide/feature/g-live . Guildford is a great place and again lots in and around to do. Please do feel free to give me a call (Sally) if you want any help and advice on Guildford and if you do move into Guildford make sure you visit my site regularly. We promote and recommend all the very best of everything local, plumbers, electricians, estate agents, photographers, etc…..We are based just above Winkworth Estate Agents opposite G-Live. Would certainly recommend having a chat with our estate agents for advice on housing in this area, again here is the page for our estate agents on our site: http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/guildford/search?q=estate+agents&location=Guildford – GOOD LUCK!

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    Matthew
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    Hello Laurie, a good day out for the Guildford area is Alice Holt for fresh air, Haslemere museum is a gem, Dapdunne wharf (NT) for a lovely pootle up the river (is that a nautical term?) The tourist office are extremely helpful. Have fun and although the old adage about London being ‘west is best’ moving to Surrey is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. we did it three years ago and have not looked back

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    Chris
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    Hi there. seems I was beaten to it by these great replies!! If you do like what you see and needed to have a chat about the housing stock, prices, areas to live then please do shout and we will be delighted to help out. Chris at Chantries estate agents. cdean@chantries.net or 01483405222.

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    Surrey Mummy
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    Hi we have a lot of info about Guildford on our website http://www.surreymummy.com and all of our team live in Guildford. Please visit the website to find out more!

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