GuildfordUnited Kingdom

4.1/5Top Destination

Get away to Guildford! Enjoy the riverfront, history, and local cuisine.

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.

Known for

Rivers, Boating and Friendly People

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
¥10,026
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in the heart of Guildford, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of High Street and Surrey Hills. Loseley House and University of Surrey are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,120 reviews)

"great location. room fine with everything that is needed. lovely bar."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
4 out of 5
36 - 40 London Road, Guildford, England
¥8,126
per night
Oct 25 - Oct 26

Situated in Guildford, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of High Street and Surrey Hills. Loseley House and University of Surrey are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (436 reviews)

"It’s super clean and neat Interior is so warming And the stuff is very helping"…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2019

Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
¥8,326
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Situated in Guildford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guildford Cathedral and University of Surrey. Surrey Hills is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away. Guildford Station ...

4.1/5Very Good! (560 reviews)

"the hotel was nice and clean and the beds were comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Holiday Inn Guildford

Popular things to do in Guildford

High Street
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High Street

During your trip to Guildford, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at High Street. Make time to visit the area's spas, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Guildford

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

¥4,279

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle. Plus, get access to amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from Wi-Fi and showers to a champagne and tapas bar.

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

¥9,896

Access over 80 attractions including a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, while saving money. Visit cultural treasures like The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. No tickets, no hassle! The London Pass® is a sightseeing credits package giving you access to over 80 top London attractions, tours and museums in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 10 consecutive days.

Windsor Castle Admission Tickets
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Windsor Castle Admission Tickets

¥2,969

Windsor Castle is the Queen's preferred weekend residence—a splendid location sitting proudly on a lush wooded hill overlooking the River Thames. With no waiting in line, this is the perfect way to explore the magnificent castle and its interior at your leisure.

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Day Tour with Admission

¥12,440

Experience the best of England as you explore the grounds of Windsor Castle, a sprawling stone estate that’s been home to the royal family for 900 years. Circle around the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge as you listen to theories behind its use, and stroll through the idyllic campuses in Oxford.

Hampton Court Palace Tickets
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Hampton Court Palace Tickets

¥1,247

Enjoy a day out at Hampton Court Palace and its magnificent surrounding gardens. Only 30 minutes by train from central London takes you back over 500 years into the world of Henry VIII and his extravagant lifestyle.

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Full Day Tour with Lunch
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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Full Day Tour with Lunch

¥11,941

Visit the royal city of Windsor to explore the world's largest occupied castle before venturing to the mysterious site of Stonehenge. Finally, discover the beautiful city of Bath and its famous Roman Baths complex on this full-day tour rich in intrigue, history, and culture.

Reviews of Guildford

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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

Verified traveler

Oct 10, 2018

Visit Leith Place and Hill

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2018

Very good shopping and some excellent dining places. We liked the history of the castle and cathedral.