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Watts Chapel: Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1DN
“The Chapel was designed by Mary Watts wife of Internationally renowned Victorian artist, George Frederic Watts who funded the project. Both are now buried at the cemetery, as are, many of the residents who helped Mary decorate this beautiful Chapel.
The Chapel is a wonderful fusion of influences, including Art Nouveau, Celtic, Romanesque and Egyptian. It is built on a grassy mound and the deep red terracotta brickwork contrasts with striking effect against the cemetery landscape.
Entering a mortuary Chapel, one might expect to find a sombre interior. Here swirling tendrils – roots of the Tree of Life – float around the circular walls like, the tentacles of an octopus in a deep dark sea, engulfing the mourner (or visitor) while organic highlights glisten above.”
Open from 9.00 am to 5 pm most days (sunset in winter) weather permitting.
Text and image from Watts Chapel’s website, wattschapel.co.uk.
Guildford Castle: Castle Street Guildford, GU1 3UQ
“Visit Guildford Castle and head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside. A roof and floor were re-instated at first floor level, which has made the building more accessible to visitors. The Tower contains a model of the original castle circa 1300, and interpretation panels tracing its history to the present day.
There is a visitor platform on the roof offering panoramic views of Guildford. There is a small gift shop on the ground floor of the castle.”
January - February: Closed
March: Saturday and Sunday only, 11am - 4pm (last admission 3.30pm)
April - September: Monday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Text and image taken from Guildford Borough Council’s website, guildford.gov.uk/GuildfordCastle.
Clandon Park: West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RQ
“Clandon's spectacular interiors and beautiful setting are the perfect back drop for a romantic ceremony and party whatever the weather. The House has magnificent rooms including the two - storied Marble Hall, one of the finest examples in Europe. The Hall makes exciting introduction to the house and breathtaking backdrop for any function or event. Surrounding the House, the Gardens include a parterre on the South side overlooked by a grotto, Maori House and Dutch Gardens on the East side. The restaurant is located in the vaulted undercroft and the versatile facilities allow for up to 150 people to be catered for in the main room with adjacent rooms available for smaller meetings, conferences, functions or dancing.
Larger events can also be accommodated in a marquee set up on the East Lawn.”
Text and image from Clandon Park’s website, clandonpark.co.uk.
October: Saturday and Sunday only, 11am - 4pm (last admission 3.30pm)
October half-term: Monday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm (last admission 3.30pm)
November - December: Closed
Loseley Park: Compton, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1HS
“Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, Loseley Park stands in ancient Surrey Parkland close to the North Downs yet within reach of London. Still the home of the More-Molyneux family, it is remarkably unchanged since 1562 when Sir William More laid the first stones, and remains, as he intended, a place of calm, grace and subtle beauty. From the house itself, where the intricate panelling in the Great Hall was once in Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace; to the Tithe Barn with its ancient oak beams; to the elegant and restful walled garden, Loseley Park is sought after for civil weddings, corporate events, and as a location for films such as Sense and Sensibility. But it’s also a place to visit, to enjoy the grounds, the garden and house, and relax in one of England’s friendliest historic homes.”
Text and image from Loseley Park’s website, loseleypark.co.uk.
Polesden Lacey: Great Bookham, Surrey, RH5 6BD
“Polesden Lacey is a beautiful country house. […] It was bought by Mrs Greville, an Edwardian hostess, in 1906 and re-modelled to be the perfect setting for her famous weekend parties where she entertained royalty, politicians and the best of society. Lose yourself on the estate with its many walks and stunning views across the Surrey Hills, or marvel at the lavishly decorated rooms in the house.”
Text and image from the National Trust’s website, nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey.
Guildford Cathedral: Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7UP
“Guildford Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Guildford, covering 500 square miles of Surrey, north east Hampshire, the London Borough of Kingston and a part of West Sussex. With a seating capacity of 1000, the Cathedral provides both focus and resource for the whole community, a venue for concerts, art and education, a place of pilgrimage, as well as stillness, prayer and daily choral worship.”
Text and image taken from Guildford Cathedral’s website, guildford-cathedral.org.