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Review of Dapdune Wharf

Dapdune Wharf
Ranked #14 of 66 things to do in Guildford
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London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Didn't know what to expect from Dapdune Wharf but am so pleased we visited! Beautiful and peaceful location. On arrival we booked onto the first river trip, boat driver was knowledgeable and told us the history of what we were seeing (there is a fee for the boat journey of 9 for a family, we thought this was excellent value). The boat journey was so relaxing and quiet that we all felt we could go for a nap after! We visited when they had some activities on for children themed around underwater archaeology, fascinating for both us and the kids. Volunteers on hand were friendly, knowledgeable and good with the kids. Tea room staff were lovely, good cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, we sat outside as it's such a pretty little spot. There is a man who makes things from rope (door stops, dog leads, toy dog etc) all very reasonably priced.
Will definately be returning to explore a bit more!

Visited August 2013
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2013

A great place to visit if you want a good cuppa and and a cake in quiet surroundings with interesting history alongside the canal.

Visited August 2013
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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“Tranquility in the middle of Guildford”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

This is a National Trust place which is situated next to the Cricket Ground. It is where the River Wey navigation which linked Guildford to London is. You can take a river trip which is narrated by the skipper and tells you the history of the navigation and all about Guildford. They have various sizes of boats so get a smaller one if you want a more intimate voyage, it costs £3.50 for the trip along with the entrance fee. They have a very small gift shop and a tea room as well, it;s just about perfect on a lovely sunny summers day.

Visited August 2013
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68 reviews
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“Great canal tour”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

This National Trust site offers an inexpensive half hour tour of the canal, with commentary, well worth taking

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice bit of histrory kept alive by the National Trust.”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Dapdune Wharf is located close to the centre of Guildford but you wouldn’t know it when wandering around the exhibits and walking the River Wey tow paths which are accessible from here.
The visitors area provides a very interesting display of the history of Dapdune Wharf and associated history of the Wey barges that were built here to work the navigation to London. The location also provides a pleasant walk along the tow path and a decent tea room when you return. And then if you have time there is the option of a very relaxing boat trip on the River Wey on an electric boat into the centre of Guildford that takes about 35 – 40 minutes during which you are given an informative talk from the driver on the history of the waterway.
There is a small charge to visitor centre for non NT members which I believe is £3.50 or around £9 for a family of four as children seemed to be well catered for with fact sheets to fill in and child friendly touch and feel exhibits in the various wharf buildings. Then if you want to take the electric boat trip into Guildford, that is an additional £3.50 to all (chargeable for NT members as well), but at less than the price that a pint subsequently cost me later in the evening in the riverside White House Pub that the boat serenely glides past when in the centre, it was well worth is.

Visited August 2013
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