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Merrist Wood College

Merrist Wood is a fun and exciting college to be at, with excellent facilities spread across our beautiful estate and a wide range of courses to suit all abilities.

Merrist Wood College is a 400-acre, multi-award-winning college that specialises in the land-based industries.

Located three miles from Guildford town centre in Worplesdon, the college dates back as early as 1318.

We are widely recognised by industry specialists for our training excellence and many successes at RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. Work from the estate has been seen across the world!

The indoor riding arena is one of the largest of any college in the country and we are home to a large, diverse range of animals in our Animal Management Centre. 

Other facilities include specially designed studios and workshops for floristry, garden design, horticulture and landscaping and access to an adjoining 18-hole golf course.

We offer a range of courses from one-day workshops and short courses, to diplomas and certificates, with progression right up to degree level. Success rates are higher than the national benchmarks, and our tutors are experienced industry professionals. 

To further help you, we have a comprehensive student support team that can assist with applications, securing funding, careers guidance and personal tutoring, to name just a few services!

View our courses at Merrist Wood College

Contact information 

Our address is:

Merrist Wood College
Holly Lane

For questions or enquiries, please call us on:
0800 612 6008


Specialist resources for practical outdoor courses

The Estate

400-acre estate with woodlands, wetlands, livestock, gardens and grasslands. There are outstanding facilities for floristry, horticulture, landscaping and garden design. These include a campus nursery, workshops and design studios.

Animal Management Centre

The Animal Management Centre has specialist areas for large, small and exotic animals. These include snakes, spiders, sheep, cows, ferrets, rabbits, birds of prey and many more!


  • Football and rugby pitches
  • Access to an 18 hole championship golf course and golf practice facilities
  • Brand new strength and conditioning suite


  • Indoor riding arena: one of the largest of any college in the country and one of the top centres in the south east
  • Pre-Olympic training venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • One outdoor school and stabling for 42 horses and a range of livery options


  • Machinery: tractors, quad bikes, mowers, chippers and more!
  • Horticulture: glasshouses, extensive range of plant and tree species
  • Landscape: brickwork, garden sites, poly tunnels, paving areas
  • Floristry: specially designed studios and wide range of flowers and plants
  • Arboriculture: latest equipment, practice sites


Our staff are extremely experienced and professional. Many have come from the relevant industries that they teach in, which allows them to pass on many years of experience and knowledge to students.

Learning Resource Centres (LRC)

The LRC provides access to a wide range of resources and equipment including books, DVDs, journals, e-books and open access computers.

A number of other electronic information resources can be accessed via Moodle (the College VLE).

Services and facilities are available throughout the year and a friendly team of staff are always on hand to help and advise. The LRC is open Monday–Friday. Please contact them directly for their opening hours. 

Supported Learning Centre

The Woodlands Centre at Merrist Wood College will provide a safe and secure learning environment for up to 64 students with severe and complex learning, social and communication difficulties and challenging behaviour that may also have a physical disability. The Centre will also cater for students who have epilepsy.


If you don't live in Guildford or the surrounding areas but want to study at Merrist Wood College or Guildford College, we can help you to arrange accommodation. With just over 100 residents on our picturesque country campus, Merrist Wood provides a supportive community for students living away from home. At the last Ofsted inspection, Merrist Wood College's residential provision was rated as "outstanding in all five areas inspected. Find out more here.


Merrist Wood College tries to encourage students to use alternative modes of transport. By doing this we are aiming to reduce the amount of traffic as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle and living environment. 

By Car

At Merrist Wood College, the car park is located at the back of the Harris Centre. Motor bike spaces and cycle racks are also provided. In order for students to park on the campus, you must register your car details with Student Services.


Please note that there is no vehicle access to the College from Coombe Lane and there is strictly no parking in this road. You must access the College via Holly Lane.

By Bike

We have 3 new covered cycle shelters, one in the machinery car park, one in student overflow car park behind Harris Centre and one behind Merrist Wood House. Motorbike spaces are also available at the College.

By Bus

From Guildford: There is a bus service from Guildford Friary Bus Station in Woodbridge Road to Fairlands Estate which is a short walk away from the College.

From Guildford:
Friary Bus Station, catch the number 20 bus (Kite) to Aldershot via Fairlands Estate.

From Woking:
Catch the number 34 or 35 bus (both Arriva) to the Guildford Friary Bus Station and then get the number 20 bus (Kite) to Aldershot, getting off at Fairlands Estate.

From Camberley:
Catch the number 3 bus (Stagecoach) to Ash, then the number 20 bus (Kite) to Guildford, getting off at Fairlands Estate.

From Godalming:
Catch the number 70 or 71 bus (both Stagecoach) to Guildford Friary Bus Station and then catch the number 20 bus (Kite) to Aldershot, getting off at Fairlands Estate.

From Farnborough:
Catch the number 1 bus (Stagecoach) to Aldershot Bus Station and then the number 20 bus (Kite) to Guildford, getting off at Fairlands Estate.

For latest news about bus services or discount travel schemes in the area visit or for help planning your journey visit:

By Train

Although there is a train station in Worplesdon it is easier to travel to Merrist Wood from the main Guildford station.

From there, you can either catch the number 20 public bus that runs from Guildford bus station (see bus information above).