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Guildford Guildhall

133 High Street
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 3AA

51.23582,-0.57231

Opening Times

May to July - 01/05/17 to 31/07/18
  • Monday Open
  • Tuesday Open
  • Wednesday Open
  • Thursday Open
  • Friday Open
  • Saturday Open
  • Sunday Open
  • Bank Holiday Open
August - 01/08/18 to 31/08/18
  • Monday Open
  • Tuesday Open
  • Wednesday Open
  • Thursday Open
  • Friday Open
  • Saturday Open
  • Sunday Open
  • Bank Holiday Open
Guided Tours between Mat to September - 01/05/18 to 30/09/18
  • Monday Open
  • Tuesday Open
  • Wednesday Open
  • Thursday Open
  • Friday Open
  • Saturday Open
  • Sunday Open
  • Bank Holiday Open
September - 01/09/18 to 30/09/18
  • Monday Open
  • Tuesday Open
  • Wednesday Open
  • Thursday Open
  • Friday Open
  • Saturday Open
  • Sunday Open
  • Bank Holiday Open

About

16th century building of great historic interest, formerly a courtroom and council chamber. The ground floor is of Tudor origin. The building houses the civic plate and many rare items. The classical front of the building is dominated by a magnificent bracket clock made in 1683.

The Guildhall is now used for civic functions and it is also available to hire. Modern facilities combine with historical character to provide a perfect setting for conferences, receptions, seminars and social gatherings. Please contact for more information.

For National Poetry Day 2016, BBC Surrey Commissioned local poet Donall Dempsey to write a poem - the beautiful and iconic Guildhall Clock was his chosen subject - here is that poem: 

“I’M THE GUILDFORD GUILDHALL CLOCK I AM!”
Oh I’ve been knocking out time now since…eh….let’s see 1683!

Minutes and decades flow through me

The everlasting skies above me.

I’m iconic I am

dressed in my black and gold.

I ( if I may be so bold )

AM GUILDFORD.

The pride of Surrey.

I watch the High Street

as it runs down to that

young whippersnapper statue

THE SCHOLAR or whatever.

People congregate about the chap

eat sandwiches….listen to a busker

busk opera.
Only in Guildford!

But it’s me they look up to!

And is it time for tea?

Why so it is and. . .
citizens clatter over the cobbles.

I’m the Guildford Guildhall clock I am!

Tip! top!

Ticktock!Ticktock! Tiptop!Tip top!

TIP!!!!!!!!!!

TOP!!!!!!!!!

 

Donall of the Dempseys
 

You can see a video of Donall performing his poem on the Guildhall Balcony here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04b5kj1 

 

Facilities

All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
Educational Visits Accepted
Guided Tours Available for Groups
Guided Tours Available for Individuals
In town/city centre
Marketed Towards Children
Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
Marketed towards student/youth
Toilets
Wheelchair user accessible
Wi-fi available