A riverside town in the heart of Surrey, Guildford boasts a stunning High Street with historic setts and beautiful architecture. With plenty of things to do, events, fabulous shopping and array of pubs and restaurants, Guildford is a great place to visit.
Plan your trip to Guildford around one of the many events taking place ranging from the quirky to the dramatic, the artistic to the active.
This year, there's plenty to enjoy a Christmas in Guildford. The Giant Snow Globe makes a welcome return to Phoenix Court – a fantastic free photo opportunity! Grab Experience Guildford’s Little Book of Offers for a range of discounts in stores and many food and drink outlets around the town. Find out more about Christmas in Guildford.
Our vibrant town centre is recognised as a safe and enjoyable place for a night out, with lots to offer and Purple Flag status.
Discover why our geology is key for producing award winning wine with a tour and tasting experience at one of our local vineyards or learn about historic high society life of a bygone era at a nearby stately home. With so much going on, you’ll find plenty to do for a longer stay in Guildford too.
As you look up Guildford High Street, you'll see a combination of history and architecture that makes it an enthralling destination to visit with many stories to tell - some of these can be enjoyed on official tours led by the excellent Guildford town guides.
Guildford is proud of its history and heritage, which dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Golden (guilden) Ford. The ruins of Guildford’s Norman castle form a beautiful backdrop to the award-winning castle grounds and the intact Mediaeval Great Tower offers panoramic views of the whole town from the top.
Visit the bustling, historic town of Guildford and its beautiful countryside, and discover for yourself all that this beautiful corner of Surrey has to offer.
- For further ideas and inspiration, view the Visit Guildford Guide.
Local people with local knowledge will answer you call and help plan your visit to Guildford. Contact Guildford Visitor Information Centre
A beautiful destination to discover
Welcome to Guildford
So much to see and do
This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit UK Shared Prosperity Fund Prospectus.