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Guildford
Travel Guide

Guildford showing heritage architecture

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.

Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
The price is $93 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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 ...

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

3.3/5 (583 reviews)
Lovely hotel

"Staff at check in very nice, happy and welcoming. Room was in great condition and very clean but no heating on in room so absolutely freezing, took an hour for it o warm up with the electric heater in the room! Ideally if you have guests booked in to stay and you know which room then the heating ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

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Guildford Harbour Hotel
Guildford Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, England
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Located in the heart of Guildford, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from High Street and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Abbot's ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
Rest central location

"Great Central location to Guildford town centre. Room large and fairly comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

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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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4 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 Feb 18, 2019

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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 mi (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Guildford ...

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SA Today Apartments Guildford
SA Today Apartments Guildford
4 out of 5
Flat 6 Raywood Court, Barrack Road, Guildford, England
The price is $208 per night from May 3 to May 4

Situated in Guildford, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Dapdune Wharf and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from University of Surrey. Guildford Cathedral and Guildford ...

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Had a good time, a lot of calm , beautiful scenery

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Aug 13, 2019

Wonderful area with a lovely high street!

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Jul 14, 2019

Guildford is a beautiful suburban community to London. Comfortable and easy living with plenty of pubs, outdoor sitting areas and places to hike...but, nothing too exciting!

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Jul 1, 2019

A very charming city with friendly people.

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Mar 27, 2019

beautiful town with everything you need a walk away. malls, restaurants, clubs, cafes etc

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