Places to visit in under 1 hour from University of Surrey

Moving to a new place for University provides the perfect opportunity to explore the surrounding area. The University of Surrey’s Stag Hill campus is only a 20 minute walk from Guildford train station, making it even easier to explore places a little further than Guildford. Continue reading to hear about places you could visit, which are located less than a 1 hour journey from the University of Surrey.

Guildford surrounding area.

New Victoria Theatre in Woking

Woking is approximately a 10 minute train journey from Guildford train station, making it a great place to visit. The New Victoria Theatre is a 10 minute walk from Woking train station and has a variety of shows on offer… from musicals, to comedy sketches and live concerts.

Thorpe Park

For students who love the adrenaline rush from rollercoasters, Thorpe Park is roughly a 30 minute drive from Guildford, and is also accessible by train.

National Trusts

There are a variety National Trust parks around Guildford. If you enjoy going on scenic walks, you can purchase a membership or pay as you go. Below is a list of some of the local Trusts.

  • River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf (~15 minute walk)
  • Winkworth Arboretum (~1 hour by public transport or 20 minutes by car)
  • Hydon’s Ball and Heath (~20 minutes by car)
River Wey

Leith Hill

Leith Hill is within the Surrey Hills and is the highest point in south-east England… making it a great place for walks and views! It’s approximately a 30 minute drive away.

Stoke Park

Stoke Park is a 10 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the University of Surrey, and it the largest park in Guildford. There is a model boating pond, fitness trail, skate park, playground, paddling pool, and food and drink kiosks.


London Waterloo is only a 35 minute train journey from Guildford train station. There are so many things to do and see in London… here are some ideas:

  • West End Theatres
  • Sight seeing: Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace
  • Hyde Park
  • St James’s Park
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Nightlife
  • London markets
  • Football games
  • Concerts
View from Waterloo Bridge in London.

Alice Holt Forest

Alice Holt Forest is roughly a 30 minute car journey from the University of Surrey. There is a variety of activities on offer including trails, health and activity sessions, and Go Ape.

The Spectrum

The Spectrum is a leisure complex, where you can go bowling, swimming, ice skating, or use its gym facilities. It’s approximately a 33 minute walk, 8 minute drive, or 30 minute bus ride away!

G Live

Being a 30 minute walk away from the University of Surrey, G Live is a great live concert venue for students. It offers a number of events from dance and theatre, to live music and comedy!

G Live

This was a selection of some of the places you could visit, but there’s so many more… why not make your own list of places you’d like to see! To read other blogs written by current students at the University of Surrey, click here!