Guildford Castle, Guildford, Surrey
Wander just off the main street in Guildford town centre and you’ll come across the old arch of the gateway to Guildford Castle. You can go and have a look round, and if you do, remember to stop and reflect that the castle was built not long after the Norman conquest, so think of all that history, all that’s gone before. The larger part of the castle is in ruins but you can see a model of how it would have looked in its time, and you can go up on a viewing platform in the Great Tower. Even if you don’t have a head for heights you should be brave and do it because the panoramic views are phenomenal, stretching far out over the Surrey countryside.
The castle grounds serve as the town park and are a sight to behold when in full bloom, all marvellously manicured with profusely colourful flowerbeds; there’s a historic bowling green, a traditional band stand where music concerts are held, and a life size statue of Alice Through the Looking Glass. You’d never think it’s but a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the shops in the town centre.
There’s a small gift shop on the ground floor; opening times to the castle vary throughout the year so it would be wise to check the website if you intend to visit, admission is free, dogs are welcome on a lead, and tall people, you must remember to duck as head height is generally low.
T: 01483 444751 All information correct at the time of writing.