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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 ¥8,118 per night

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! (990 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 Mar 17, 2020

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
The price is ¥8,118 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! (610 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 Feb 12, 2020

Holiday Inn Guildford
Acacia Villas Guest House
Acacia Villas Guest House
3.5 out of 5
29 Woodbridge Rd, Guildford, England
The price is ¥7,536 per night

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dapdune Wharf and University of Surrey. Surrey Hills is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Guildford Station ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"every think was great on my stay find it very quick and in good place"…"

Reviewed on May 31, 2020

Acacia Villas Guest House

Popular places to visit in Guildford

High Street
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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.

Guildford Castle
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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 lively bars.

Loseley Park
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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.

Top things to do in Guildford

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

72% of travellers recommend
¥10,511
Per adult
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission

88% of travellers recommend
¥12,905
Per adult
Windsor Castle Admission Tickets
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Windsor Castle Admission Tickets

76% of travellers recommend
¥7,130
Per adult
Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

76% of travellers recommend
¥4,052
Per adult
Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington, Hampton Court & Tower of London
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Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington, Hampton Court & Tower of London

88% of travellers recommend
¥8,739
Per adult
Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Guided Tour with Lunch
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Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Guided Tour with Lunch

82% of travellers recommend
¥11,862
Per adult

Reviews of Guildford

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4/5 - Good

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Nov 15, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 13, 2019

Wonderful area with a lovely high street!

4/5 - Good

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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

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Jul 1, 2019

A very charming city with friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 27, 2019

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

1/5 - Terrible

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Oct 10, 2018

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