Dapdune Wharf, Guildford, Surrey
If you like messing about on the river, get yerselves down to Dapdune Wharf; people come here to potter around and enjoy the tranquility the wharf can offer, to look for wildlife and to take boat trips along the River Wey. Dapdune Wharf played a big part in Guildford’s history; in the early part of the 19th century, barges worked from here transporting goods to the Port of London.
You can find out more at The Heritage Centre where there are absorbing displays, and if you really want to get in the swing of things there’s a dressing up box and the chance to clamber on board one of the three surviving barges. It’s a nice way to while away an afternoon, and if the kids are with you take them over to the island and help them build a den, then have well earned refreshments in the tea room.
Because the Wharf is such a nice place to hang out, it can get quite busy, especially in the summer season, but there’s 4 acres of grounds so there ought to be plenty of room for everyone. If you like, have an amble along the towpath and if you’ve got your walking boots with you, do the whole 15 miles to Weybridge.
Open: March to November Mon, Thurs and Bank Holidays 11.00am-5.00pm and 7 days a week in the school holidays.
T: 01483 561389 All information correct at the time of writing.