.Well I suppose I am a bit biased to say this is my favourite town, as this
was my University town. I know it well, from the hills I had to climb in
order to get back to Campus, to the old cobbled stone high street. Guildford
is a place for the well to do, and the state of the town and the price of the
houses around the town reflects this.
The University itself is at the top of the hill, and is the one University in
Europe to have its own Satellite and tracking station.
University is rather engineering oriented, but does have good reputation for
turning out employable graduates. It does this by making the four year
sandwich course with an industrial placement mandatory. The University has
its own Cathedral, which is the hosting venue for the Graduation Ceremony,
but for those undergrads who stay in the Halls of residence lining the foot
of the Cathedral, the thing they probably most remember is the deafening bell
chimes on the Sunday morning to wake them up from the heavy hangover.
Back to the town now, the High Street slopes upwards as you go along it
towards the Guildhall. Cars are not allowed here, and as a result, there are
street entertainment and people turning out to enjoy them too
Just behind the High Street is Guildford Castle
Catch a train on the Farnham line to a station called Farncombe, then ask the
locals for direction to "The Ram". This Cider House is well frequented by the
Surrey undergrad squads. If you can start from the "Hand Grenade", past the
"Kamikaze" and graduate all the way to a "GBH" without keeling over, you will
earn yourself a place in the Ram's history, as well as the degree
certificate. My old Tutor used to sing folk songs there to entertain the
punters at the weekend sometimes, I guess he is part of the unforgettable
atmosphere of this place too.