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Guildford certainly trades on its illustrious history yet at its heart is a thriving commercial centre that provides home to five Top 500 Global Companies, including Philips Electronics, Ericsson, Colgate-Palmolive, Allianz and Sanofi.
Alongside its medieval castle, 17th century town houses and its fantastic collection of Victorian masterpieces you will find numerous video game production companies, military and consumer transport manufacturers, and satellite tech companies.
Situated in Surrey, just 27 miles southwest of central London on the A3, Guildford actually is now included as part of the Greater London Built-up Area, as defined by the Office for National Statistics, thanks to the concentration of recent development in the north of the town.
With its position close to the metropolitan delights of the capital – and the easy access it offers to the Kent and Surrey countryside – car hire in Guildford places a lot of attractions within easy reach.
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From stylish executive cars to budget mini-class options, and including spacious SUVs, there are many makes and models of car available to hire in Guildford – and every single one is incredibly competitively priced.
Guildford’s high-tech start-ups coexist with a cobbled High Street. But the combination obviously works: Guildford is one of the most expensive places to buy property in the UK outside London.
If you are in town on Fridays and Saturdays you can park up and browse the stalls at the market. There’s the medieval Guildford Castle, with its landscaped gardens and panoramic views from its square tower, to explore. History is also firmly on display at Guildford House, a 17th century building that houses an impressive art gallery.
In the southwest of Guildford Loseley Park features a 16th century manor house and a short drive away is Watts Gallery -Artists’ Village, which showcases some of the finest Victorian paintings and sculptures.
Families will love the Olympic-size Lido that opens in the summer months and dates back to the 1930s. There’s more entertainment on offer at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which often features productions from London's West End.
Beyond Guildford there’s plenty more to explore. Basingstoke, the largest town in Hampshire, is a 40-minute drive west on the M3.
Here you are at the doorstep of the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within the town there’s the Milestones Museum, whose innovative interactive displays include a crowd-pleasing replica 1940s sweet shop. Just outside of town to the east is the ruined Tudor manor of Basing House. Drive north and you can enjoy the expansive mansion and 16th century chapel at the Vyne.
It’s an hour’s drive east on the M25 to reach Maidstone. Pull in here for a little retail therapy in one of the best places in the southeast for shopping, with more than one million square feet of retail floor space, largely centred on The Mall Maidstone and Fremlin Walk.
Just outside Maidstone there are a couple of destinations where you can step back in history. Kit's Coty House is a megalithic 'dolmen' burial chamber that features three uprights and a massive capstone. Situated within Kent Downs you’ll also find opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing nearby.
A little further on and you’ll soon see the ‘loveliest castle in all the world’ appearing into view. The glory of Leeds Castle is reflected in the immaculate moat that surrounds it. And you can reuse your entry ticket at any time over the next year to appreciate its beauty once more.
The southern delights of London kick-off in Croydon. And if it’s IKEA you are visiting maybe you should consider hiring a SUV!
Along with its shops and nightlife Croydon has in recent years become something of a destination for arts lovers.
At Fairfield Halls the concert venue frequently plays host to the BBC and is home to the London Mozart Players. The Ashcroft Theatre and the Arnhem Gallery have long been recognised for their productions and exhibitions.
Croydon Clocktower Arts Centre offers a state-of-the-art library, a performance venue, arts cinema and the Museum of Croydon.
The Spread Eagle Theatre is a new 50-seat studio theatre that packs a much bigger punch than its small size may suggest. With an emphasis on new writing, emerging artists and innovative theatre companies it promises big plays for small spaces.
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