A day in Guildford

Guildford has been attracting visitors for many years.  With so much to see and do, it can be tricky knowing where to start but don't worry, we're here to help!

Morning

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! (Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4.30pm).
  • 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 are visiting Guildford in the winter months, download the Explore Guildford Trail.   
  • Next peruse the shops before popping into one of the many traditional English pubs for a tasty lunchtime treat.

Afternoon

  •  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. (Wednesdays - Saturday)
  • Guildford Museum is an interesting way to spend a few hours. (Wednesday - Saturday)
  • You can round off the afternoon with a delightful riverside walk along the Wey.

Evening

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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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.