The United Kingdom may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

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 ¥10,893 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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

4.2/5Very Good! (964 reviews)

"The hotel was very nice, check in was quick and efficient and everywhere felt safe and clean. The room was good with a very comfortable bed and good TV. The bathroom was nice, but the walk in shower is a bit small and shower okay but not very powerful, also could do with better lighting."…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
4 out of 5
36 - 40 London Road, Guildford, England
The price is ¥7,305 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated in Guildford, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from High Street and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Abbot's Hospital ...

3.9/5Very Good! (545 reviews)

"lovely hotel very clean staff were friendly and the food was excellent"…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
The price is ¥5,895 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

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! (618 reviews)

"Clean room and pleasant helpful staff. In these times was a good experience."…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Holiday Inn Guildford

Vacation Rentals in Guildford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Flexi-lets The Bars Development
Flexi-lets The Bars Development
3.5 out of 5
The Bars, Surrey, Guildford, England

Situated in Guildford, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from High Street and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Guildford ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7 reviews)
Beautiful Apartment - Excellent Service

"FlexiLets provided an excellent service, even walking up to meet us when we got lost. The apartment was beautiful and spotlessly clean, excellent amenities supplied. I would definitely recommend them."…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Flexi-lets The Bars Development
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
Abbots Yard A
Abbots Yard A
3.5 out of 5
Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, England

Situated in Guildford, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Electric Theatre and University of Surrey. High Street and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre ...

Abbots Yard A

Popular places to visit in Guildford

Guildford Castle
Image for Guildford Castle

Guildford Castle

Find out about the history of Guildford when you take a trip to Guildford Castle. Stroll along the area's riverfront, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.

Loseley Park
Image for Loseley Park

Loseley Park

You can learn about the history of Guildford with a trip to Loseley Park. Make time to visit the area's spas, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

High Street
Image for High Street

High Street

During your trip to Guildford, you can do some window-shopping at High Street. Make time to visit the area's spas, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Guildford

The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
Image for The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

¥10,746
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
Image for Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

¥4,052
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Windsor Castle Admission Tickets
Image for Windsor Castle Admission Tickets

Windsor Castle Admission Tickets

¥3,197
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission
Image for Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission

¥12,905
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Extended Visit to Windsor Castle & Stonehenge with Lunch
Image for Extended Visit to Windsor Castle & Stonehenge with Lunch

Extended Visit to Windsor Castle & Stonehenge with Lunch

¥11,343
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Art Classes
Image for Art Classes

Art Classes

¥1,643
Per adult

Reviews of Guildford

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
10
5 - Excellent 47.61904761904762%
4 - Good
6
4 - Good 28.571428571428573%
3 - Okay
4
3 - Okay 19.047619047619047%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 4.761904761904762%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Had a good time, a lot of calm , beautiful scenery

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 13, 2019

Wonderful area with a lovely high street!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 14, 2019

Guildford is a beautiful suburban community to London. Comfortable and easy living with plenty of pubs, outdoor sitting areas and places to hike...but, nothing too exciting!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 1, 2019

A very charming city with friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 27, 2019

beautiful town with everything you need a walk away. malls, restaurants, clubs, cafes etc

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Oct 10, 2018

Visit Leith Place and Hill