GuildfordUnited Kingdom

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Visit Guildford

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Guildford Harbour Hotel
Guildford Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, England
£81
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in the heart of Guildford, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of High Street and Surrey Hills. Loseley House and University of Surrey are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,187 reviews)

"Very helpful and friendly staff although I’d pre booked a couple of things which they failed to do but the the staff at the hotel were very apologetic. Unfortunately our food (fish) at the restaurant was served undercooked twice and had to be sent back but they did give us a free supper and some ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
4 out of 5
36 - 40 London Road, Guildford, England
£69
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Situated in Guildford, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of High Street and Surrey Hills. Loseley House and University of Surrey are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (473 reviews)

"I liked the proximity in the town and the Mandolay is a full service boutique hotel."…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Guildford Manor Hotel & Spa
Guildford Manor Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
Newlands Corner, Guildford, England
£59
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec

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 ...

3.2/5 (511 reviews)

"Decor was gorgeous, pretty grounds. Gym and spa facilities were fantastic. Staff very friendly"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019

Guildford Manor Hotel & Spa

Popular things to do in Guildford

High Street
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High Street

4/5(1 review)

During your trip to Guildford, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at High Street. Make time to visit the area's spas or simply enjoy its lively bars.

Guildford Castle
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Guildford Castle

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Guildford Castle in Guildford. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply savour its top-notch restaurants.

Loseley Park
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Loseley Park

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Loseley Park in Guildford. Make time to visit the area's spas or simply enjoy its lively bars.

Top activities in Guildford

Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

£31

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle. Plus, get access to amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from Wi-Fi and showers to a champagne and tapas bar.

The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

£75

Access over 80 attractions including a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, while saving money. Visit cultural treasures like The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. No tickets, no hassle! The London Pass® is a sightseeing credits package giving you access to over 80 top London attractions, tours and museums in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 10 consecutive days.

Windsor Castle Admission Tickets
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Windsor Castle Admission Tickets

£23

Windsor Castle is the Queen's preferred weekend residence—a splendid location sitting proudly on a lush wooded hill overlooking the River Thames. With no waiting in line, this is the perfect way to explore the magnificent castle and its interior at your leisure.

Reviews of Guildford

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5/5 - Excellent

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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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Didn't go into Guildford but Winkworth Arboretum and Watts Gallery are well worth a visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Nov 2019

Seemed nice as we drove through but we were here to watch our sons passing off parade at Pirbright ATC

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Very nice small city, lot of things to do. ( dinning, visiting cathedral, shopping or just walking around :)))

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Nov 2019

I was visiting someone in hospital , it was very convenient location for that.