GuildfordUnited Kingdom

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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
¥10,389
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in the heart of Guildford, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of High Street and Surrey Hills. University of Surrey is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. London ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,256 reviews)

"Wonderful hotel. Wish I had been in it longer. Very comfortable, clean rooms. Great location. Will definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
¥7,546
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in the business district, 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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (591 reviews)

"Very comfortable and quiet. Excellent parking and service. Pool facilities dirty, very unsafe and slippery poolside and steps very dirty jacuzzi and pool tiles. Steam room not lit. Pool receptionist unwelcoming. Room lacked some light bulbs and tv remote missing. Rubbish found under a unit whilst ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Holiday Inn Guildford
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
4 out of 5
36 - 40 London Road, Guildford, England
¥7,641
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Situated in Guildford, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of High Street and Surrey Hills. University of Surrey is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away. London ...

4/5Very Good! (505 reviews)

"The hotel is lovely, really beautiful and in a good location. The staff member who checked me in was a bit strange, but polite enough."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Mandolay Hotel Guildford

Popular things to do 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 lively bars.

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 top-notch restaurants.

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 lively bars.