Guildford Tourist Information Centre
155 High Street
When you visit Guildford in the Heart of Surrey you will find a vibrant market town with excellent shopping, a wide selection of places to eat and drink, art and culture, and a heritage dating back to Saxon times.
Guildford is just 35 minutes from London Waterloo by train and well served by the A3 and M25. Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are easy to get to and so is the south coast so it is the perfect place from which to explore the whole of South East England.
Choose to stay in the town centre close to the shops and entertainment, or head for a hotel or B&B in the countryside, and relax by walking or cycling in the surrounding countryside. Stroll along the banks of the River Wey to unwind, or let the Guildford Town Guides take you back in time to learn of Guildford’s history and visit the Medieval Castle Keep, the Tudor Guildhall or the Georgian Art Gallery.
From the theatres and entertainment venues to the summer outdoor drama you will always find plenty to entertain you in Guildford – take a look at the What's On section to find out what’s on during your stay.
There is plenty of town centre parking and details of parking sites and charges can be found here.
If you prefer the out-of-town Park and Ride sites you will find full details here.
Guildford Town Centre
You can now use your phone or tablet to enjoy an historic trail around the town. Download the Hand Held Tours app for iphone or android and search the Guildford historic Trail.
Visit Guildford Museum, renowned for its local history collection and needlework. Find out about Guildford residents from the past, including Lewis Carroll who is buried in Guildford’s Mount Cemetery.
Visit The Guildhall – once a courthouse, and now the home of many local events. Take a guided tour with the Town Guides and learn all about the history of the building and its famous visitors.
Guildford House Gallery has a constantly changing programme of temporary exhibitions, craft shop, café and of course, the Tourist Information Centre – the art gallery is free to visit.
From May to September, pop in to the medieval Undercroft on the high street, once a rich merchants shop and now testament to the heritage of the town.
Stroll along the River
The River Wey offers visitors delightful towpath walks and boat trips from Dapdune Wharf, the awarding-winning National Trust visitor centre that tells the story of the river navigation and the people who lived and worked on the river.
Discover Guildford Castle
Head to the top of the medieval Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Make the most of your visit to Guildford with a free guided walk with the Town Guides. There are a range of themed walks from May to September and the guides can be booked for groups of 10 or more at other times.
Enjoy some great Shopping in Guildford
From cool designer brands to beautiful boutiques and bustling markets. There is a great selection of perfect places for your fix of retail therapy in and around the historic cobbled High Street.
Be Entertained in Guildford
With a range of venues, there’s a continuous programme of entertainment in Guildford from pre-west end productions at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, live entertainment at G Live or outdoor entertainment in the summer during the Guildford Summer Festival.
Around Guildford Borough
Visit the Arts and Crafts gem, Watts Gallery – the artists village (3 miles south east of Guildford Town)
Immerse yourself in the art of the great Victorian artist G.F. Watts, visit his studio, the Watts Chapel and there is a delightful café and gift shop. Just around the corner you will find Loseley Park.
Enjoy Guildford's Stateley homes and gardens
Loseley Park (3 miles south of Guildford Town)
Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, Loseley House stands in beautiful gardens with stunning views towards the North Downs.
Explore Hatchlands Park (3 1/2 miles eat of Guildford Town) a Georgian mansion filled with historic keyboard instruments set in rolling Repton parkland.
Take a tour of Guildford Cathedral. An inspiring and peaceful building with a fascinating story, the Cathedral offers guided tours to help you explore its key features.
Come and discover secrets from the workhouse, The Spike. Come and visit this faithfully restored workhouse and discover how the poor were treated in a bygone age.
Get active and enjoy some sports in Guildford
Guildford offers visitors an abundance of sporting facilities from ice-hockey to swimming indoors at Surrey Sports Park and Spectrum or outdoors at the Lido, which is set in 4.5 acres of landscaped gardens. Make sure you visit the new huge treetop adventure course, Wild Wood.
Villages around Guildford
Guildford Borough is blessed with many picturesque villages. Discover for yourself the quintessential English village greens, duck ponds, tea rooms, cricket pitches, and tradtional pubs, in the charming villages of Shere, Albury, Ripley, and Wanborough.