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GuildfordUnited Kingdom

Explore the historic center of Surrey’s largest town, which is lined with handsome old storefronts.  

Guildford is an attractive market town with a 17th-century clock and a cobblestone main street. Browse shops ranging from designer stores to independent boutiques, admire the town’s historic architecture and check out the regular street markets.

Visit Guildford Cathedral, set on an imposing hilltop above the River Wey. The cathedral’s stark red-brick exterior is balanced by a bright interior of pale Somerset sandstone and white Italian marble flooring. The cathedral regularly hosts interesting events. Take a guided tour of the interior.

Enjoy the panoramic views from atop Guildford Castle. First constructed in the 12th century, the castle’s shell keep is the only part of the original complex visible today. See the exhibit in the Great Tower, which includes a model of the original castle and an interpretation panel examining its long history.

Tour The Spike, a well-restored workhouse dating back to the early 20th century. Through costumed reenactments and hands-on activities, The Spike offers interesting insight into poverty in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Don’t miss the traditional street market on North Street every Friday and Saturday. With more than 20 stalls, the market is an excellent place to shop for fresh produce and meats, in addition to accessories and home furnishings.

Head 11 miles (17.5 kilometers) outside of Guildford to visit Polesden Lacey, a 19th-century mansion in Great Bookham. Inside, admire the exceptional collection of early 20th-century porcelain, furniture, silver and artwork. Walk through the mansion’s beautifully landscaped gardens or rent equipment to play a game of croquet.

Guildford is also an excellent base for visiting the RHS Wisley Garden, a 240-acre (97-hectare) garden 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of the city. The garden is touted as one of the most diverse in the world. Smell the fragrant air of the rose gardens and inspect the trial fields, which are used for new vegetables and flowers.

Take a train or drive from London to reach Guildford. If arriving by plane, choose flights that land in Heathrow or Gatwick airports.

Top hotels in Guildford

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Guildford Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, England
The price is £72 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

Located in the heart of Guildford, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from High Street and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Abbot's ...

4.2/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Great gym and breakfast. The staff were really helpful and kind. The only complaint was that when the hotel had to close due to Covid tier change nobody told me. I had to ask"…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2020

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
The price is £62 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guildford Cathedral and University of Surrey. Surrey Research Park and Electric Theatre ...

4/5Very Good! (631 reviews)

"It was quite a way out of town, but bus service near to hotel. Very quite & peaceful."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Holiday Inn Guildford
Guildford Manor Hotel & Spa
Guildford Manor Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
Newlands Corner, Guildford, England
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Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Surrey Hills, Clandon Park and Hatchlands Park. High Street and Guildford Spectrum Athletics ...

3.3/5 (581 reviews)

"I love this place, the food is amazing, the gym is decent, the location is ideal about 30 seconds up the road is the most perfect place for sunset. Staff is pretty cool too."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

Guildford Manor Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Guildford

Beautiful 3-bed House in Guildford
Beautiful 3-bed House in Guildford
3.5 out of 5
46 Addison Road, Guildford, England

Situated in Guildford, this holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from High Street and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Abbot's Hospital ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Welcoming, clean and well decorated house, tardis-like and ideal for visiting family of 5. Only imperfection is challenging parking environment, though probably normal for inner- town location. Phil M and family."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2019

Beautiful 3-bed House in Guildford
Roomspace Apartments -Westnye House
Roomspace Apartments -Westnye House
3.5 out of 5
30 Haydon Road, Guildford, England

Situated in Guildford, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from High Street and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Guildford ...

Roomspace Apartments -Westnye House
Roomspace Apartments -Abbot's Yard
Roomspace Apartments -Abbot's Yard
4 out of 5
Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, England

Located in the heart of Guildford, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Electric Theatre and University of Surrey. High Street and Yvonne Arnaud ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Comfortable, modern centrally located flat

"Twobed flat centrally located Well furnished in a clean modern style Two beds and bathrooms,one ensuite Kitchen with allappliances,washing machine and dishwasher Everything required for a weekwnd getaway!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019

Roomspace Apartments -Abbot's Yard
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Guildford

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Good pubs, restaurants, entertainment venues, safe

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2020

Quite an old and run down town. Not many posh restaurants to dine in.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Very good restaurant choices but need to book ahead as all are very popular Ate at Theion - Greek- outstanding food and service

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Dec 2019

Guildford was a lovely town with the main high street all cobbled for pedestrians only, plenty of places to eat and lots of unusual shops and of course popular everyday ones great atmosphere and truly great with the Christmas lights on.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

We always enjoy a visit ti Guildford. Plenty of places to shop, eat or just relax with a coffee.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Nov 2019

I like Guildford. We went to a lovely 'speak easy' bar called Tudor Antiques and sat in the bay window over the high street. Lovely bar with delicious cocktails.

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