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Things to do in Godalming

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Grocery or Supermarket
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“In my opinion, the best supermarket to shop for good, fresh food - It is easy to park in the car park adjacent to Waitrose in Godalming and if you have time it is nice to stroll up through Godalming's old streets - lovely place to stop for a 'cup of tea!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Nature
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“Grayshott is surrounded by lots of National Trust land, heathland and commons. From the back garden, there are walks over Bramshott and Ludshott commons plus the popular picturesque Waggoners Wells Lakes are a short walk. The Punchbowl is unique and close by too. Whether you enjoy long walks, or short gentle ambles, the Punchbowl has a walk for you. It has spectacular long distance views over the 'crater'. On a good day Canary Wharf in London catch your eye in the distance and the lights from the flights coming into Gatwick twinkle. There is a great National Trust café which serves anything from tea and a cake to something more substantial. Alternatively, take a picnic to eat at one of the benches. A favourite of many is to buy Fish and Chips from the local 'chippie' then eat them at the Punchbowl. It is a must visit for groups, individuals, young and old as well as super fun for doggies.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“10mins drive away. National Trust parking and cafe. Stunning views from Gibbet Hill and the Punch Bowl. Great for walking or mountain biking. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“In the picturesque village of Hambledon in Surrey, just 3 miles from Godalming, The Merry Harriers is owned by Peter de Savary and has its origins dating back to the 16th century. The landlords’ names on the walls give a real feel of the history of this welcoming village Freehouse. The Merry Harriers Hambleon Road Hambledon GU8 4DR www.merryharriers.com 01428 682883”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“The Refectory a fascinating building seemingly built from architectural salvage, a legacy of its time under the ownership of a family of renowned antique dealers. The Refectory was originally a cattle barn belonging to Milford House, which is the enormous house to the right of the building as you look at it. The Refectory Portsmouth Road Milford GU8 5HJ www.brunningandprice.co.uk/refectory/homepage/ 01483 413820”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Home Goods Store
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“National Trust. well know for bluebells and rhododendrons. some steep hills but worth it. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Gastropub
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  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“ Great for children. Special events year round for children - check out their website for details.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
“A farm shop that includes a large selection of cheeses, wholesale market garden produce and salad crops, a delicatessen selling hand made pies, scotch eggs and home cooked hams. It also has an olive bar and a comprehensive range of cooking ingredients. In addition to the farm shop there is an on site Tea Room (Eliza's) selling home made soups, savouries and cakes, a butcher and ethical clothing store. On the 3rd Sunday of each month they host the Surrey Farmers Market giving new artisan producers a chance to sell their products.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“The Refectory a fascinating building seemingly built from architectural salvage, a legacy of its time under the ownership of a family of renowned antique dealers. The Refectory was originally a cattle barn belonging to Milford House, which is the enormous house to the right of the building as you look at it. The Refectory Portsmouth Road Milford GU8 5HJ www.brunningandprice.co.uk/refectory/homepage/ 01483 413820”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“In the picturesque village of Hambledon in Surrey, just 3 miles from Godalming, The Merry Harriers is owned by Peter de Savary and has its origins dating back to the 16th century. The landlords’ names on the walls give a real feel of the history of this welcoming village Freehouse. The Merry Harriers Hambleon Road Hambledon GU8 4DR www.merryharriers.com 01428 682883”
  • 3 locals recommend
Gastropub
  • 3 locals recommend
Pub
“"....This popular old roadside inn oozes bonhomie. And, though the food is the driving force, the small bar heaves with upmarket locals in for a pint of Adnams Broadside or a glass of pinot noir. Smart and cosy it is, with its gorgeous black wood ceiling beams, striking wall timbers and warming winter fires; and service is both friendly and upbeat. Chefs lengthy repertoire should please all, with its classic and modern dishes, and seafood a speciality. Blackboard specials complement a main menu that covers all. A front terrace, a big back garden and a private dining room upstairs complete the happy picture...."”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pub
“The best pub in Haslemere town - comfy sofas to flop into and good food. Has a good vibe and gets busy at weekends.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends

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