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GuildfordUnited Kingdom

Explore the historic center of Surrey’s largest town, which is lined with handsome old storefronts.  

Guildford is an attractive market town with a 17th-century clock and a cobblestone main street. Browse shops ranging from designer stores to independent boutiques, admire the town’s historic architecture and check out the regular street markets.

Visit Guildford Cathedral, set on an imposing hilltop above the River Wey. The cathedral’s stark red-brick exterior is balanced by a bright interior of pale Somerset sandstone and white Italian marble flooring. The cathedral regularly hosts interesting events. Take a guided tour of the interior.

Enjoy the panoramic views from atop Guildford Castle. First constructed in the 12th century, the castle’s shell keep is the only part of the original complex visible today. See the exhibit in the Great Tower, which includes a model of the original castle and an interpretation panel examining its long history.

Tour The Spike, a well-restored workhouse dating back to the early 20th century. Through costumed reenactments and hands-on activities, The Spike offers interesting insight into poverty in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Don’t miss the traditional street market on North Street every Friday and Saturday. With more than 20 stalls, the market is an excellent place to shop for fresh produce and meats, in addition to accessories and home furnishings.

Head 11 miles (17.5 kilometers) outside of Guildford to visit Polesden Lacey, a 19th-century mansion in Great Bookham. Inside, admire the exceptional collection of early 20th-century porcelain, furniture, silver and artwork. Walk through the mansion’s beautifully landscaped gardens or rent equipment to play a game of croquet.

Guildford is also an excellent base for visiting the RHS Wisley Garden, a 240-acre (97-hectare) garden 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of the city. The garden is touted as one of the most diverse in the world. Smell the fragrant air of the rose gardens and inspect the trial fields, which are used for new vegetables and flowers.

Take a train or drive from London to reach Guildford. If arriving by plane, choose flights that land in Heathrow or Gatwick airports.

Top hotels in Guildford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Guildford Harbour Hotel
Guildford Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, England
The price is AU$112 per night

Located in the heart of Guildford, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from High Street and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Abbot's ...

4.2/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"We had a lovely stay at the Habour Hotel.the facilities are very good, especially the gym. There is a £10 charge to use the pool/spa area but if you going to spend a couple hours chilling there it’s worth the money. We did have few issues with our key card continuously not working and had to get ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
The price is AU$121 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guildford Cathedral and University of Surrey. Surrey Research Park and Electric Theatre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (614 reviews)
Love this hotel

"Always stay here when in Guildford, the only thing I find a bit strange is the restaurant it seems they don't always want to open the restaurant tables and prefer people to eat in the lounge bar area nearby. We booked a table after checking in and were told it opened at 630pm, but that it wasnt busy ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Holiday Inn Guildford
Guildford - Station View
Guildford - Station View
3.5 out of 5
Station View, Guildford, England

Situated in Guildford, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Electric Theatre and University of Surrey. High Street and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre are ...

Guildford - Station View

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23 Apr. 2019

We enjoyed our stay, but most folk who were in the know all asked “why stay at Guildford”??