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Godalming Area Guide

The pretty and historical town of Godalming attracts buyers from London and neighbouring counties thanks to its proximity to London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as being adjacent to the fabulous rolling countryside of the Surrey Hills.

The charming town has a thriving community: its High Street throngs with independent shops and cafes and a popular weekly market.

Godalming fact file

  • Godalming has existed since Saxon times.
  • The area grew in size over the centuries probably due to its location almost equidistant between Portsmouth, an important trading port, and the capital.
  • Markets have been held in the town since the 1300s.
  • The main industry being woollen cloth and later knitting, weaving and leatherwork.
  • The town enjoyed worldwide fame in 1881, when it became the first town in the world to have its own public electricity installed, powered by a water mill on the river Wey.
  • Godalming’s eclectic town centre has more than 130 listed buildings, which range from timber-framed Tudor structures to 17th-century brickwork.

Why move to Godalming?

Moving to Godalming is popular for commuters, with easy transport links to London via the A3 and the town’s mainline train station, which serves London Waterloo. Living in Godalming is also well suited to the outdoorsy types, with the town being surrounded by beautiful countryside, with the River Wey providing walks along the tow path and numerous boating opportunities. There are also leisure facilities at Charterhouse School and Broadwater Lake, in addition to the many golf courses and tennis clubs locally. For those who want to enjoy even more peace and quiet, Godalming is flanked by quaint quintessentially English villages and hamlets offering charm in abundance. Godalming has everything you could possibly need in a market town and the fact it's located so close to the UK's capital city is a big bonus.

Architecture and property

Godalming’s eclectic town centre has more than 130 listed buildings, which range from timber-framed Tudor structures to 17th-century brickwork. One of the town’s most prominent buildings is the ‘pepper pot’ former town hall, now a public function room. There are a number of terraces of Victorian properties within the town centre and just to the south, and newer developments to the east and within the popular Busbridge area, which attracts families.

Green space

The town is surrounded by the picturesque countryside of the Surrey Hills, including the spectacular Devil’s Punch Bowl to the south west, now under National Trust management. Also easily accessible locally are the many footpaths of Box Hill and Leith Hill, walks along the North Downs Way and the many attractive commons of the area. This includes Puttenham, Thursley Nature Reserve and Hankley Common.

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Explore Godalming at a glance!

Godalming’s High Street has a fantastic selection of independent pubs, cafes and takeaways, with it possible to choose a different world cuisine for every night of the week.

There are many independent stores within the town, in addition to convenience stores and services, solicitors, banks and hairdressers.

  • Pets at Home
    Chain pet store

There are lots of spots to wet your whistle in Godalming.

  • The Star inn
    Public House with live music

Godalming is full of fun days out and things to do.

  • Surrey Hills
    Green space for hiking, biking and picnics.

The area is well regarded for its brilliant schools.

  • Charterhouse
    Top performing Independent School
  • Godalming College
    Outstanding at Ofsted
  • Godalming Station
    42 minutes to London Waterloo
  • The Square Bus station
    in Town centre
  • London Gatwick Airport
    18.8 miles from centre
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