Saxon Guildford was home to an early Royal Mint so it's only fitting that the modern-day town is one of the priciest places to buy property. Culture thrives via high-quality theatres and galleries – and thanks to Electronic Arts, Criterion Games and others, Guildford leads on video game production. Automotive businesses flourish in the area, as do a range of other worldleading companies, including BOC, Philips Electronics, Ericcson and Colgate-Palmolive
Name: Guildford Cathedral
Address:Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7UP
Tel: 01483 547860
A modern building, Guildford Cathedral nonetheless exudes Gothic grandeur. Its impressive nave, complete with vaulted ceilings, is a unique space for events accommodating up to 1,000 people. Caper & Berry provide bespoke event catering from buffets to banquets. A ‘blank canvas’, you may need to bring equipment with you. The equally interesting Chapter House (£45 per hour) is a grandly panelled room which seats 16 to 40-theatre style.
Address: High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3AA
Tel: 01483 444751
Add gravitas to your meeting in an old courtroom. There are two light-filled rooms, and the whole building can be hired. The Courtroom costs £360 per full weekday (capacity 62 banquet/100-theatre style); the Council Chamber, at £340 per weekday, holds 26 (banquet) and 70 (standing). There's also a 6ft screen, PA system, 35mm projector and data projector.
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Holiday Inn Guildford
Address: Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7X
Tel:0871 942 9036
Uncomplicated, hassle-free provision of the basics makes up for a lack of frills at Holiday Inn Guildford. There are 15 contemporary rooms, ranging in capacity from 12 to 180 delegates. DDR rates from £32pp including free parking and welcome refreshments or the all-inclusive 24-hour rate is £125 per delegate.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Seminar Room, Watts Gallery
Address: Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1DQ
Tel: 01483 810235
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Watts Gallery on the outskirts of Guildford, the characterful Seminar Room is ideal for meetings requiring the personal touch. Accommodating up to 12 delegates, the booklined walls create a comfortably scholarly sensation. The DDR is £30 plus VAT, including free parking and free entry to the Gallery – no mean offer, as the exhibits are fascinating and the setting exquisite.
Name: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford
Address: 3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3DA
Tel: 01483 792300
The Radisson Blu Edwardian is a sleek, modern hotel offering the utmost in glossy professionalism. The expansive conference space accommodates 230 in theatre-style, 260 for a reception or 200 for dinner. A dedicated boardroom, extravagantly sheathed in frosted glass, seats ten delegates. There is free wifi connectivity throughout the seven available spaces, and HD projectors and inbuilt screens are available. The DDR is from £65 including VAT.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Pennyhill Park Hotel & The Spa
Address: London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5EU
Tel: 01276 478476
The five-star Pennyhill Park Hotel, set in 120 acres of parkland, offers 22 meeting spaces, many with garden terraces, and two business centres. Exclusive use is an option, as is videoconferencing at this rural retreat, some 13 miles from Guildford. Corporate packages can include spa treatments, golf, archery, wine tasting, team games and cocktail masterclasses among many other options. The DDR is from £85 plus VAT or 24 hours from £290 plus VAT.
Heathrow and Gatwick airports are both within a 40-minute drive of Guildford. The city is reached via the A3 or the M25. There are direct train connections from London Waterloo and Portsmouth, as well as from Gatwick Airport via Dorking and Redhill.
Tel: 01483 444396