Godalming in Surrey, a historic town not far from London

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Godalming in Surrey is an ideal day trip from London, an old historic centre that offers some museums, buildings even dating from the 1400s and a few lovely country walks if you like walking.

The old market town of Godalming was once a stopping point between London and Portsmouth. In fact, even now you can see many buildings and shops from the 1600s. Godalming was famous for its market which dates back to 1300, it was also an important center for the trade of wool and textiles.

If you want to learn something about the history of this town you can visit the museum located at Wealden House on the High Street. The building has parts that also date back to the 1400s, but other parts were added in the following centuries.

The museum has everything on local history including exhibitions dedicated to the geology and archaeology of the area. The museum also celebrates two famous Godalming residents: Gertrude Jekyll who was a gardener and Sir Edwin Lutyens, the architect.

Godalming has a church that dates back to Norman times and was built with the Bargate sandstone found in the area. Also built in the same stone is the Charterhouse which was located in London until 1872 and houses a well-known private school. One of the most distinctive buildings has to be the former town hall called The Pepperpot and which was built on the High Street in 1814 with a strange arcade.

Another building worth visiting is Munstead Wood, Gertrude Jekyll’s home which is located in a dense forest. The house was designed by Luytens and built with the same local stone as the parish church in the 1800s. Jekyll’s tomb was also designed by Lutyens.

How to get to Godalming in Surrey?

Very easy to get there from London, in fact it is on the railway line from Waterloo Station to Portsmouth. You can also take the train from Clapham Junction and  you will get there in about 40 minutes. If you feel like going for a nice walk, you can walk from Guildford to Godalming (or vice versa) and cross beautiful countryside along the River Wey, a total of 8 km, but the route is flat and quite easy.

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