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Camberley is a town in Surrey. Camberley is an up and coming and expanding town, which is famous for the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

The settlement which grew up adjacent to the Staff College, was originally named Cambridge Town, but this name proved unfortunate for officials of the Royal Mail. They were concerned that much of the Cambridge Town's post might end up in an ancient university city on the edge of the Fens in eastern England! Thus, the name of the new Victorian upstart was quickly changed to Camberley.

Camberley is only 30 miles away from central London and quite convienient to reach the M3/M25 corridor and Heathrow airport.


Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Camberley is served by many bus routes from Woking, Aldershot, Farnham and London. Most of the more reliable routes are for more long distance journeys and the local routes in and out of the smaller towns and villages are fairly unreliable and expensive.

By plane[edit]

Camberley is well served by London's collection of airports. For travellers coming directly to Camberley, the most convenient (in reducing order of convenience) are:

  • Heathrow Airport [1] is about 25 minutes drive along the M25 motorway and the M3.
  • Gatwick Airport is about a hour's drive away via the M23 (northbound), M25 (anti-clockwise) and M3 (southtbound) roads.

By train[edit]

Camberley is not on a main line train station and services to London operate via Ascot station. Sevices run from London Waterloo via Ascot (change trains at Ascot) but run quite slowly, with journey times taking at least a hour. Direct services run to Guildford every 30 minutes and take about 45 minutes to reach the centre. There are also direct services that run to Reading and Gatwick Airport via Blackwater Station (About every 30 minutes, with a journey time of about 20 minutes) which is located roughly 1.5 miles south west of the town centre heading in a straight line along the London road.

Train times can be found on the National Rail Planner or by calling 0845-748-4950 from anywhere in the UK.

By car[edit]

Travelling from central London, Heathrow or Gatwick airports, Camberley can be reached via the M25 at Junction 12 heading on the M3 in the direction of Southampton and the South West. Leave the motorway at Junction 4.

Travelling by car is by far the best option for getting around Camberley and the surrounding area. Richmond, Hammersmith and Chiswick and most other parts of West London can be easily accessed via the M3 and the journey will take 30 - 45 mins. Camberley is also very convenient for reaching Southampton and the south west coast, with journey times of 45 minutes very achievable.

Get around[edit]

All parts of Camberley town centre are easily reached on foot, and taking taxis or buses are Unnecessary in the centre.

The outlying regions of Camberley such as Frimley, Heatherside and Mychett may need to be reached by bus.

Buses departing and arriving to all major routes outside of Camberley town centre depart from either side of the road which runs Parallel to the main train station. Buses cover all the major routes to and from Farnborough, Aldershot, Guildford and London.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Atrium brand new shopping and leisure complex on the south side of the town incorporating a multiplex cinema, bowling alley, restaurants and shops.
  • Sandhurst Military Academy A Heritage day is now held every year. The event is free and covers the Old College Museum Rooms, The Royal Memorial Chapel and The Central library. Visitors are also able to walk around the impressive grounds.
  • The Royal Logistics Corp Museum Located in Deepcut.
  • Frimley Lodge Park Close to the Frimley Green suburb of Camberley featuring free car parking, woodland and lots of open space, picnic areas, two children's playgrounds, a trim trail, miniature railway and meadows, There is also football, rugby, cricket a pitch and putt course.
  • Basingstoke Canal Can be accessed via Frimley Lodge Park.

Learn[edit]

  • Farnborough College Of Technology Boundary Road, Farnborough, ph: 01252 405555
  • University of Surrey Stag Hill, Guildford Surrey, ph: 01483 300800
  • Royal Holloway, University of London, ph: 01784 434455

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Camberley Theatre ph: 01276 707600. Offers a varied program of events to suit all tastes with drama, music, stand-up comedy, children's shows, film screenings and workshops.
  • The Arena Leisure Centre Grand Avenue, ph: 01276 417111. Has recently benefited from a 1.7m refurbishment and features a 25m swimming pool, teen gym and a 50+ members club.
  • The Atrium Park Street, ph: 01276 63732. Facilities include, restaurants, bars, multiplex cinema, bowling alley and arcade.
  • Basingstoke Canal Cruises There are a number of operators in the region running canal cruises along the Basingstoke canal that runs through the Frimley Green part of Camberley. Most operators will run traditionally styled narrowboats and include charters, summer party cruises and cream tea cruises to name a few. Contact John Cale Canal Cruises ph: 01252 837165.
  • Camberley Rotaract is a well established local social club aimed at 18 to 30 year olds, also attracting numerous members who are new to the country or simply passing through. The club has a very varied calendar, including volunteering and fundraising opportunities alongside more conventional events such as cinema trips, paintballing and meals out.

Golf Courses[edit]

Golf courses are in abundance in the Camberley area due to the excess amounts of open spaces compared with central London.

  • Camberley Heath Golf Club Golf Drive, ph: 01276 23258 [2]
  • Windlesham Golf Club Grove End, Bagshot, Ph: 01276 452 2220[3]
  • Pine Ridge Golf Centre Old Bisley Road, Frimley ph: 01276 675444

Buy[edit][add listing]

Camberley has two shopping Malls, The Mall which is sandwiched between the High Street and Park Street and The Atrium, which is adjacent to Park Street.

Camberley has most of the normal high street chains popular in most towns and cities throughout the UK and features the following department store:

  • House of Fraser Cambridge Square, within The Mall.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • El Pic Tapas Bar, 177 London Road.
  • Old Thai House, 125 London Road. Traditional inexpensive Thai food.
  • So Asia, 69 High St. Eat as much as you like buffet style resturant with an excellent choice of Chinese, Thai and Indian foods.
  • Alcatraz Brasserie, 39-41 Obelisk Way. Italian/American style food.
  • Chiquito Resturant and Bar, The Atrium, Park Street. Mexican food.
  • Nando's, The Atrium, Park Street. Portugese food.
  • Frankie & Benny's, The Atrium, Park Street. Italian/American style food.
  • Zizzi, Park Street. Italian food.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Cambridge London Road. A landmark pub in the town has recently changed its name to RSVP, but is still known by locals as The Cambridge.
  • Carpenters Arms 59 Park Street. Non pretentious drinking pub!
  • The Claude Du Vall 77-81, High St, ph: 01276 672910, a JD Wetherspoon pub.
  • The Goose 88 High Street. Generally cheap drinks, similar to the Wetherspoons chain.
  • The Square Bar 23 Park Street, ph: 01276 698920.
  • Yates 71-73, High St, ph: 01276 691045.
  • Que Pasa 21, High St

Nightclubs[edit]

  • Tru High Street. Camberley's main event club.
  • The Agincourt London Road, ph: 01276 22225. Hard rock, Heavy Metal night club which also has live band performances, which has included some big names in the past.
  • Coach Trips to Ministry of Sound and Pacha London London Coach run night coaches to the top london night clubs which depart from Camberley town centre every month or so.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Tekels Park Vegetarian Guest House, Tekels Avenue ph: 01276 23159 - From £39

Mid Range[edit]

  • RSVP Cambridge Hotel , 121 London Road ph: 01276 26488
  • Travelodge Camberley , London Road ph: 01276 28239
  • Premier Inn , 221 Yorktown Road.
  • Innkeepers Lodge , 114 Portsmouth Road ph: 0845 1126098
  • Lakeside International Hotel, Wharf Road, Frimley Green ph: 01252 838000

Splurge[edit]

  • Frimley Hall Hotel and Spa , Lime Avenue, Off Portsmouth Road ph: 0844 879 9110

Contact[edit]

The dialing code for Camberley is 01276 in the centre and 01252 in some of the outlying areas. Reduced cellphone coverage can be experienced in some of the more rural areas outside the centre of Camberley.

Free Wi-Fi is available at many of the cafes and pubs in the town.

Get out[edit]

  • London Is only 31 miles away and Heathrow airport is approximately 19 miles away.
  • Windsor Is very close to Camberley, about 15 minutes drive away. Once here one can visit the towns many attractions including the Castle.
  • Guildford Is also very close about 20 minutes drive away. Once here there are many attractions on offer to the visitor.
  • Reading Is about 30 minutes drive away and about 20 minutes by train from Blackwater Train Station which is south of the main centre. Reading offers the visitor a very rich mix of shopping and nightlife.

Theme Parks[edit]

There are three very good theme parks all within 30-45 minutes drive of Camberley:

  • Chessington World of Adventures Just off M25, Junction 10 [4] Great theme park and zoo that is aimed at kids and younger teenagers. Tickets: £29 adults, £19.50 kids, although there are many 1/2 price offers going on around the year.
  • Legoland Windsor near Windsor, [5] Good theme park, aimed at younger children, with fewer rides, although it has many lego towns. Tickets: £30 adults, £23 kids.
  • Thorpe Park Just off M25, Junction 12 [6] The big theme park in the South! Thorpe Park is aimed squarely at adrenaline junkies (although there are plenty of rides to suit others!) and is well worth a visit. Be sure to go on all the rides, especially Colossus (world's first 10 loop roller coaster), Nemesis Inferno (fast and fun!), Stealth (0 - 80mph in 2 seconds!)Tickets: £28.50 adults, £20 kids




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