Arts & Culture

Arts in Guildford is a vibrant mix of quality drama, performing arts, live music and visual arts.

For centuries well known artists and authors have taken inspiration from the town and surrounding countryside in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Visit Guildford House Gallery, with its 17th century architecture and constantly changing programme of temporary exhibitions - while you are there you can also visit the Gallery Cafe, and chat to the team at the Tourist Information Centre.  Don't miss the Craft Shop in the Courtyard - its range of greetings cards is famous, and the shop also stocks craft work by local artists including jewellery, textiles and ceramics.

Head just 7 miles south of Guildford and visit Watts Gallery - the Artists' Village for a unique insight into the life and work of George Frederick Watts and his wife Mary - don't forget to visit the famous Cemetery Chapel and the newly restored Artist's Studio.
Head out to Churt to visit the Sculpture Garden with over 600 sculptures displayed in 10 acres of stunning parkland.


Take a walk around Guildford with the Guildford Town Guides to take in the public art displayed.

Guildford is the home of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - a thriving producing theatre with quality shows on tour pre and post West End and a talented youth theatre.  Guildford is also the home of the Guildford School of Acting, the Performance Preparation Academy, the  Guildford Shakespeare Company and many quality drama groups.  The highlight of summer in Guildford is live theatre in the Castle Grounds with a picnic or the Guildford Fringe Festival which takes place throughout July in venues across town. 

Frequently you can find quality orchestral concerts and choral pieces being sung at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford High Street, or at Guildford Cathedral - both stunning venues.  Many Guildford pubs also have programmes of events including live music.

Tickets are already on sale for the Investec International Music Festival across Surrey in May each year.

See the pdf icon Exhibitions and Events brochure October 2016 to March 2017 [3Mb] for Guildford's Heritage sites.

Visit our Events pages for details of Arts and Culture events.