10 Things to Do in Guildford That You Shouldn't Miss

October 20, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Guildford /ˈɡɪlfərd/ ( listen) is a large town in Surrey, England, United Kingdom located 27 miles (43 km) southwest of central London on the A3 trunk road midway between the capital and Portsmouth.
Restaurants in Guildford

1. Spike Heritage Centre

Warren Road, Guildford GU1 3JH, England +44 1483 598420
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Spike Heritage Centre

Be prepared to be moved, this is no ordinary tour. The Spike in Guildford is unique, the last remaining of over 600 in the country with its stone-breaking/wood-chopping cells showing how you could have paid for a night's kip. Ever picked Oakum? Find out how. Open on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, tours start at 10a.m. and finish 4p.m., taking approximately 90 minutes, including a short film. £6.00/5.00. Groups can book in any day for a minimum charge of £45.00, please call to arrange. We can make your day very memorable and provide luncheon/refreshments. Evening tours and Parties catered for. Parking is free.

Reviewed By sh2295 - Woking, United Kingdom

One of the best kept secrets (sadly) in Guildford. I can recommend a visit to all generations both local, and visitors, to Guildford. We had a personal tour of the Spike. Humbled by the life our descendants endured and brought to life by our guide John and the accurate restoration of the building. The Spike is now top my list of local places of interest. Thank you

2. Watts Chapel

Down Lane | Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ, England +44 1483 810235
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Watts Chapel

Landscape, art and remembrance are beautifully blended together in this Grade I-listed building. Visitors are drawn to the bright red brick of this Arts & Crafts masterpiece. Up-close, the extraordinary design and decoration both fascinate and overwhelm all who venture up the winding yew tree paths.

Reviewed By funwin - Spain

My grandson took me to see this Chapel and as we entered the graveyard I was expecting to see a charming little village church, instead I was astounded to see a memorial chapel covered in terracotta carvings in a mixture of Art Nouveau and Celtic designs. Inside too every inch is decorated in this unique way with deep, rich colours reminiscent of medieval decoration. Apparently most of the villagers contributed to the work and in the graveyard can be seen many graves influenced by this style. The setting is lovely and it is a perfect place to wander and meditate or perhaps paint or take photographs.

Down Lane | Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ, England +44 1483 810235
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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills. Discover Victorian paintings and sculpture in the historic Watts Gallery before treating yourself to lunch or a cream tea in the Tea Shop. Stroll to the nearby Grade-I listed Watts Chapel, taking in the beautiful woodlands and grounds, or find out more about the lives of our founders G F and Mary Watts on a tour of the artists' home, Limnerslease. Finally, discover art for sale in the Watts Contemporary exhibition in the Pottery Building along with a wide selection of gifts, books and homewares in the Shop.

Reviewed By papaglowing2 - Fareham, Hants, UK

Visited the watts Gallery specifically to see Helen Allingham's water colour paintings which were interesting and very 1890/1910 paintings, but worth seeing for her craftsmanship.
What blew us away was the cemetery chapel (free) as it was really wonderful. A big surprise. The house the Watts lived in was also excellent. The vision of the Watts was formidable. Such skill, yet he turned down a knighthood twice. We spent at least 2 hours there, far longer than we intended. Loved the place, but will only visit again if they have a suitable exhibition. The volunteer staff were knowledgeable, interesting and charming.
The downside wa to have to pay £11.50 to visit. Over priced.

4. Newlands Corner

Newlands House Newlands Corner, Shere, Guildford GU4 8SE, England
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Newlands Corner

Reviewed By JeffroNZ - Auckland, New Zealand

I took the long way to get here by walking from Shere (I traveled from London on the train). It took around 45 minutes but is doable. Once there you are treated to some wonderful views. There is also a canteen and an information center. There were some walking tracks here through the bush, but they were very muddy in January. Great way to see the country views.

5. Steam Dreams - The Cathedrals Express

Guildford GU5 9YS, England
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Steam Dreams - The Cathedrals Express

We run approximately 50 steam train day trips and several holidays by steam each year in the UK and Ireland. We offer several classes of travel including Pullman Style Dining which provides a premium railway dining experience. Carriages are restored and refurbished 1950s coaches with wood-panelled walls, comfortable seats, individual table lamps and curtains at the windows. On most day trips in Pullman Style, welcome glasses of champagne accompany the breakfast or brunch on the outward journey. On the return journey you will be welcomed on board with canapes before being served a four-course meal with a complimentary half bottle of wine per person. Other classes include Premier Dining, First Class and Premium Standard.

Reviewed By Malcolm P - Sheerness,Kent

What a trip superb , the staff could not be faulted , food excellent , seats brilliant , organisation brilliant will certainly book with this company again .

6. Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park Hatchlands | East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT, England +44 1483 222482
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Hatchlands Park

Reviewed By Lord E - Rayleigh, United Kingdom

We were firtunate to visit Hatchlands during the week of the year the rooms are lit by candlelight. The great atmosphere combined with the enthusiasm and knowledge of the volunteers was second to none. Unfortunately for me, I was suffering with an itchy camera trigger finger, but, as this is a family home, no photographs understandably were permitted. The house hold an exceptional number of musical instruments many of which either beloned to or were used by famous composers including Mahler and Bizet. A must to visit when in the area. Seven out of 5!!!

7. Guildford Castle

Castle Grounds Cottage Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3TU, England +44 1483 444751
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Guildford Castle

Visit Guildford Castle and head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Inside you'll find a model of the original castle circa 1300, and interpretation panels tracing its history to the present day. Opening times: April to Sept: 10am to 5pm daily (last admission 4.30pm). Oct and March: Saturdays and Sundays only, 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Castle Grounds are free to visit and open all year from 8am to dusk. The Gardens feature spring and summer bedding displays, unique each year, Victorian bandstand and passageways, pond, 17th century bowls green and Alice Garden. Bands play each Sunday in summer 2pm to 4pm. The Gardens have been awarded a Green Flag Award.

Reviewed By 555Helen1977 - Guildford, United Kingdom

Following a meal, we decided to go for a stroll around Guildford Castle grounds. Its not the biggest place and I imagine during the summer it is beautifully adorned with colourful plants and flower. However for a winters stroll it takes you away from the hubbub of Guildford town, to somewhere quiet and tranquil, to sit, gather your thoughts and take in the amazing views accross Guildford, especially on a clear day. (and works off a good lunch!)

8. Loseley Park

Estate Office Loseley Park | Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS, England +44 1483 304440
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Loseley Park

LOSELEY PARK IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON AND WILL RE-OPEN ON TUESDAY 1 MAY 2018, SUNDAY TO THURSDAY 11am - 5pm. Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, Loseley Park stands in ancient Surrey Parkland close to the North Downs yet within reach of London. Still the home of the More-Molyneux family, it is remarkably unchanged since 1562 when Sir William More laid the first stones, and remains, as he intended, a place of calm, grace and subtle beauty. From the house itself, where the intricate panelling in the Great Hall was once in Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace; to the Tithe Barn with its ancient oak beams; to the elegant and restful walled garden, Loseley Park is sought after for civil weddings, corporate events, and as a location for films such as Sense and Sensibility. But it’s also a place to visit, to enjoy the grounds, the garden and house, and relax in one of England’s friendliest historic homes. ‘Invidiae claudor, pateo sed semper amico’ Shut to envy, but always open to a friend.

Reviewed By Jeff E - Wokingham, United Kingdom

Loseley House and Gardens is a "must see" destination for those who enjoy their history. Take a guided tour of the house which provides invaluable background information about the house and residents through the ages from Queen Elizabeth 1st to the present day owners. The visit wouldn't be complete however unless a visit to the formal Gardens were included. The well-stocked Gardens are presented in three parts within a peaceful and tranquil setting. Finally, it is highly recommended to sample the various offerings from the Wisteria Tea Rooms.

Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP, England +44 1483 547860
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Guildford Cathedral

Reviewed By Susan B - Hythe, United Kingdom

We stayed 2 nights in a Secret Escape special deal at the Holiday Inn and the Cathedral ( and University and hospital were nearby ) , a few miles out of town.
The Cathedral has a commanding location high on a hill overlooking the town.
It us a modern post war building finished by the public buying a brick.
The exterior is rather forbidding but inside the interior is majestic!
Lovely beige colours, huge ceiling, lofty arches. Very structural.
Even the kneelers tell a tale and are beautifully stitched.
On a return visit I must take a guided tour.
Loads if parking.
On a bus route too.

10. Clandon Park

West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RQ, England +44 1483 222482
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Clandon Park

Clandon Park was built by a Venetian architect in the 1720s. One of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion, it featured original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces. The house was refurbished during the 1960s to house a collection of 18th-century furniture and porcelain acquired by collector Hannah Gubbay. Sadly, in April 2015, a fire broke out, causing significant damage and effectively leaving the house a shell. In response the National Trust has launched its largest project in a generation. After 14 months of work the large-scale salvage phase was completed. We’ve since announced ambitious plans to rebuild Clandon Park which will honour its rich history, but also create vibrant, modern spaces to breathe new life into the house. You can visit the house between April and October to see inside the Saloon, State Bedroom and Marble Hall. Timed tickets are available on arrival at Visitor Reception, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Reviewed By KevinHorlock - Reigate, United Kingdom

The fire two years ago was devastating and it's taken this long to clear the débris and shortlist architects to mastermind the restoration. There's little to see in reality, but the brief hard-hat tour of three ground-floor rooms shows the scale of the challenge and also, surprisingly, how well-built the 18th century house was.
If you're interested in the restoration of a wonderful building, this is worth the 30-minute tour. The Gardens are small and pleasant to stroll in.

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