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Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019
Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019
The historic town of Guildford is just a stone's throw from London, making it one of the most accessible places for a quick getaway. Just hop on the train from the capital and you could be exploring the medieval castle, the 16th-century manor houses or the art galleries in just under an hour. Towns in England don't get more picturesque than Guildford, which lies on the banks of the River Wey. Long terraces of elegant Victorian red-brick houses, narrow lanes packed with independent shops and leafy parks make up most of the town. So, what are you waiting for? Score yourself one of the Guildford bed and breakfasts and head down to one of the country's best kept secrets.
The bed and breakfasts in Guildford are surprisingly diverse. It doesn't matter whether you're coming on a little romantic break or you're bringing the kids on a historic getaway, there's always a B&B to fit the bill. While it might be tempting to score a hotel room, remember that most of the bed and breakfasts are considerably less expensive, meaning you'll have more cash in your pocket to spend on the attractions and restaurants. With so many B&Bs to choose from, picking the right one can be a little daunting. Fortunately, there's Expedia, which lists every property, along with detailed descriptions and photos, to help you make the right choice. All you need to do is plug in your dates and budget and Expedia will do the hard work for you. If you're on a budget, you could opt for one of the traditional Guildford bed and breakfasts found in the rows of Victorian terraced houses. These quaint family-run properties have just a handful of rooms and offer a peaceful place to lay your head at the end of the day. Looking for something a little more glamourous? You could always opt for one of the boutique B&Bs that have sprung up in recent years. The tasteful decor, luxurious furnishings and impeccable service give even the hotels a run for their money.
All the guestrooms in Guildford bed and breakfasts are different, that's what makes them so charming. However, you'll find most come equipped with everything you might expect to find in a hotel room, like a TV on the wall, lots of storage for your things and facilities for making tea and coffee. Some have ensuite facilities, while others might have shared family bathrooms. What makes the difference in a B&B are those little touches – perhaps a vase of freshly cut flowers waiting for you on the bedside table or some locally-made treats left in the room, ready for when you check in. The hallmark of a good B&B is the breakfast and you'll find most in Guildford serve up some fine fare, with hearty options like full English fry-ups or lighter bites, like toast or fruit. If Guildford doesn't sound like your cup of tea, why not try the seaside city of Brighton, instead?
There are plenty of things to keep you busy, from the moment you arrive in town until the day you leave. Even just a stroll along the River Wey towpath is a delightful way to spend an afternoon near your Guildford bed and breakfast. If you're interested in the town's history, try the Guildford Museum, which houses a unique collection of artefacts and stories about its most famous residents. You can find more history on offer at the ruins of Guildford Castle, which also offers spectacular views across the town. Then there's Guildford House Gallery, which has a constantly revolving programme of exhibitions, making it a must-do every time you visit. Get your credit card ready for a bruising, because there are few better places to hit the shops and catch up on a little retail therapy.