A day in Guildford
Start your visit in the town centre with a hearty breakfast at one of our much-loved independent cafes.
- First thing, head up to the Visitor Information Centre for a free map to help you navigate your way around the town. The Visitor Center is very easy to find, located opposite Sainsburys in the High Street in Guildford House. Don’t forget to pick up postcards, gifts, and souvenirs!
- Now head to the Castle grounds for a relaxing stroll. Take in the vibrant flower beds, climb to the top of the Great Tower for breath-taking panoramic views of Guildford and don’t forget to find Alice through the Looking Glass in the secret garden before you go.
- Next peruse the shops before popping into one of the many traditional English pubs for a tasty lunchtime treat.
- To get a flavour of the town we would suggest you join one of our award-winning town guides for a guided walk. Find out about the town’s fascinating history and famous past inhabitants (regular free walks operate from May to September. Alternatively following the historic trail (available from the Visitor Information Centre) or, if you have younger people in your party then the ‘Secret Stories’ audio trail on a downloadable app, will keep all ages thoroughly amused.
- Guildford Museum is an interesting way to spend a few hours.
- You can round off the afternoon with a delightful riverside walk along the Wey.
For dinner, the choice is endless. With nearly every cuisine imaginable. Pick from independent restaurants to the well-known chains.
Finally, to end the day catch a pre–West End performance at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, a show at G Live or try one of our more intimate venues for a choice of comedy, shows and live music.
If your visit is on a Friday (March - November) join a Ghost Tour. The tour is a perfect blend of facts, legends and funny/spooky stories.
There is so much to see here that your day trip is sure to leave you wanting more!
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