An introduction to the town and some insider tips on places to visit as well as our 3 favourite lunch spots!
There are many reasons to love Godalming… It’s picturesque town streets, its proximity to accessible countryside and links to London. Here are some of it’s tops spots as recommended in Surrey Life magazine…
- River Wey– No visit to Godalming is complete without a visit to the river. Not only are there riverside strolls as picturesque as any you’ll find in Surrey, but there are also Farncombe Boat House, from whom you can book a narrowboat holiday when the river is in the right frame of mind, or Godalming Packetboat Company, where you can enjoy a horse-drawn narrowboat ride from Godalming Wharf.
- Secretts– Undoubtedly one of the powerhouses of the Surrey food and drink scene, Secretts is found in the neighbouring village of Milford. Not only has the farm produced fresh fruit and veg for pubs, restaurants and markets since 1938, but it is also home to an excellent farm shop, butchers and English wine store (Hawkins Bros).
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- Morning – Godalming is not a place to rush about. Settle down and relax into your visit. Depending on where you’re staying or visiting from, perhaps an excellent breakfast/brunch at somewhere like Café Milawould be the perfect start. You may wish to partake in a little yoga, if there happens to be a class going on, but at this time of day – and if the weather is playing the game – then it’s only a short walk to the riverside anyway. Bliss.
- Afternoon – If you’re looking to stay local for a wrapped up riverside picnic, pop into Godalming Food Company, but if you’re looking to head further afield then Secretts is a must – make sure to grab a bottle of English sparkling wine at Hawkins Bros while you’re there. If pushed, Winkworth Arboretumshould be your destination. Even if it’s a little early for spring, you’ll get the feel for the life to come here.
Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), created some 400 gardens in the UK, Europe and America; her influence on garden design has been pervasive to this day. She spent most of her life in Surrey, England, latterly at Munstead Wood, Godalming. She ran a garden centre there and bred many new plants. Some of her gardens have been faithfully restored, wholly or partly, and can be visited. Godalming Museum has many of her notebooks and copies of all her garden drawings, (compiled and sorted by members of the Surrey Gardens Trust); the original drawings are in the University of California, Berkeley.
You can visit Munstead Wood today and see her famous garden by appointment.