Anyone been there?
Yes, several times.
Yes, often...well more often through it.
I worked just outside Guildford for several years in Godalming. Went into Guildford regularly.
I have been to Guildford several times.
Used to be the nearest ice rink when growing up. Wasn't any other reason to go! Are you considering it as a holiday base or for a more permanent move? The surrounding Surrey countryside is very nice.
but Guildford isn't, imho
I agree Nigel, certainly not a picturesque town, rather a ubiquitous British commuter town. But if you had say a job or University offer there, there are worse places in the UK to base yourself! Plus you've got decent train access to London. Intrigued as to the OP's motive for posting the question - perhaps she can enlighten us.
p.s. footnote to my Motorhome adventures is that it has now induced my vertigo thanks to the gentle rocking of the Beast every time someone turned over in their sleep!
I'm intrigued too.
Margaret has been with us here at the Graffiti Wall/Helpline/Forums since 2008 but has always asked questions about Italy or France.
With 9 posts in 12 years, it may be a while before she stops back in.
The travel shops on the high street of Godalming were my first source for trip planning in the 90s, pre internet. You could walk in and flip through hundreds of catalogues of vacations-in-waiting. Florence? That's over there in the corner. 3 day city break or weeklong? Budget or luxury? Find the page that suits your taste and the nice lady at the desk could have you sorted and booked to Italy for the weekend. One of the greatest pleasures of the English High Street!
My wife worked there for several years before they shut her lab down (the land the Victorian era hospital was on , with its views over the North Downs had become worth millions) I used the university library quite frequently when I was studying elsewhere.
Overall, it's pleasant enough - has quite a decent high street, a castle, good transport links - but I'd hardly class it as a tourist destination in itself.