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Camberley is a town in Surrey. Camberley is an up-and-coming and expanding town, which is known for being close to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. The main part of the town is north of the M3 with the older villages of Frimley, Frimley Green, Deepcut and Mytchett that have merged into the town south of the Motorway.
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 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.
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 is about 25 minutes drive along the M25 motorway and the M3.
- Gatwick Airport is about an hour's drive away via the M23 (northbound), M25 (anti-clockwise) and M3 (southtbound) roads.
Camberley is not on a main line train station and services to London operate via Ascot station. Services run from London Waterloo via Ascot (change trains at Ascot) but run quite slowly, with journey times taking at least an 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.
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.
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.
Frimley Green is in close walking distance to Farnborough.
- 1 The Royal Logistics Corps Museum (Located in Deepcut).
- 2 Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road (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.
- 3 Basingstoke Canal, Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett (Can be accessed via Frimley Lodge Park.).
- There are several old buildings to be seen around the village of Frimley Green including an old thatched barn dating back to 1500, featured on the village sign.
- 1 The Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, ☎ . Offers a varied program of events to suit all tastes with drama, music, stand-up comedy, children's shows, film screenings and workshops.
- 2 The Arena Leisure Centre, Grand Avenue, ☎ . Features a 25m swimming pool, teen gym and a 50+ members club.
- 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 fund-raising opportunities alongside more conventional events such as cinema trips, paint-balling and meals out.
Golf courses are in abundance in the Camberley area due to the excess amounts of open spaces compared with central London.
- 3 Camberley Heath Golf Club, Golf Drive, ☎ .
- 4 Windlesham Golf Club, Grove End, Bagshot, GU19 5HY, ☎ .
- 5 Pine Ridge Golf Centre, Old Bisley Road, Frimley, ☎ .
- BDO World Darts Championship: 2–10 January 2016 . at the Lakeside Complex (date needs updating)
Camberley has most of the normal high street chains popular in most towns and cities throughout the UK.
- 1 The Atrium, Park St, ☎ . Shopping and leisure complex on the south side of the town. Facilities include, restaurants, bars, multiplex cinema, bowling alley and arcade.
- 2 The Mall, High Street. Shopping Mall. Stores such as House of Fraser
- 3 So Asia, 69 High St, ☎ . Eat as much as you like buffet style restaurant with an excellent choice of Chinese, Thai and Indian foods.
- Chiquito Restaurant and Bar, The Atrium, Park Street. Mexican food
- Nando's, The Atrium, Park Street. Portuguese food
- Frankie & Benny's, The Atrium, Park Street. Italian/American style food
- 4 Zizzi, 50 Park Street, ☎ . Italian food
- 5 Cinnamon, 224 Frimley Green Road, ☎ . Indian restaurant
- 6 The Kings Head, Guildford Road, Frimley Green, ☎ . This is a Harvester Restaurant serving reasonably priced meals every day.
- 4 The Square Bar, 23 Park Street, ☎ .
- 5 The Wheatsheaf, 205 Frimley Green Road, ☎ .
- 6 The Rose and Thistle, 1 Sturt Road, Frimley Green, ☎ .
- 8 The Agincourt, 487 London Road, ☎ . Hard rock, Heavy Metal night club which also has live band performances, which has included some big names in the past.
- Beepees, The Lakeside, Wharf Road, Frimley Green.
- 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.
- 4 Frimley Hall Hotel and Spa, Lime Avenue (Off Portsmouth Road), ☎ .
- 5 Lakeside International Hotel, Wharf Road, Frimley Green, ☎ .
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.
- 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.
There are three very good theme parks all within 30–45 minutes drive of Camberley:
- Chessington World of Adventures Just off M25, Junction 10  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,  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  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 - 80 mph in 2 seconds!)Tickets: £28.50 adults, £20 kids