Guildford

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Guildford showing heritage architecture

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.

Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
The price is ¥10,246 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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 ...
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"The builing location, the staff very kind, the pool was clean the food was excellent.will come back here again."

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Guildford Harbour Hotel
Guildford Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, England
The price is ¥15,148 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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! (968 reviews)
"Very private"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2021

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
4 out of 5
36 - 40 London Road, Guildford, England
The price is ¥10,603 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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! (568 reviews)
"Room was a lovely and spacious deluxe room. Staff were helpful and friendly and the breakfast was decent. Hotel was ideally located for walking into town and to the Theatre."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Mandolay Hotel Guildford
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Next Level Apartments, Scandi Style Two Bed @ Station View
Next Level Apartments, Scandi Style Two Bed @ Station View
Guildford, ENG
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 ...
Next Level Apartments, Scandi Style Two Bed @ Station View
Roomspace Apartments -Westnye House
Roomspace Apartments -Westnye House
3.5 out of 5
30 Haydon Road, Guildford, England
Situated in Guildford, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from High Street and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Surrey and Surrey Hills. Guildford ...
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Roomspace Apartments -The Residence
Roomspace Apartments -The Residence
3 out of 5
Alexandra Terrace, Guildford, England
Situated in Guildford, this apartment building 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 Hospital ...
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