Heritage

Delving into Guildford's past is a truly fascinating way to immerse yourself in the area. Explore Saxon, Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian heritage in Guildford Town Centre.

Guildford Castle Keep

Guildford Town Centre is steeped in heritage from the Tudor Guildhall with its spectacular overhanging clock, to the medieval Undercroft and 12th Century Castle Keep in its stunning grounds.  Let the Guildford Town Guides take you on a walk back through 1000 years of the town's history with a free guided walk.

Don't miss a visit to Guildford Museum with its collections of local history, needlework and Lewis Carroll artifacts.  Lewis Carroll died in Guildford and is buried in The Mount Cemetery.  As Rev. Charles Dodgeson he preached at St Mary's Church in Quarry Street.  

The Medieval Undercroft is not to be missed - hiding in the High Street, under a shop - it was once a rich merchants shop (access only via stairs).  Visit Abbot's Hospital at the top of the town - opened in 1619 as a 'hospital' or poor house - it is still a home for the elderley today.

Must See: visit the Spike - the old Guildford vagrants ward and workhouse - re-enactors bring it back to life, and allow a glimpse into the lives of the Victorian poor.

You will find many historic properties in the surrounding countryside, including Loseley Park, home of the More-Molyneux family since 1508; Hatchlands Park (National Trust) with its Cobbe Collection of musical instruments.  A few miles away in Dorking you will find Polesden Lacey (National Trust) where the Queen Mother spent her honeymoon.

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, just 7 miles south of Guildford is an example of an Arts and Crafts building, housing the work of the greatest Victorian artist G. F. Watts - Do not miss a visit to the Grade I listed Watts Cemetary Chapel, created by Mary Watts!

Dapdune Wharf on the River Wey Navigation is a Must-See place to visit - here you can explore Guildford's past when it was a bustling wool town reliant on the River Wey - before the railways arrived.  

Why not head over to Chilworth Mills for a delightful countryside walk and explore the old gunpowder mills.

For a special treat, head over to Wanborough, a small village outside Guildford, to visit Wanborough Barn - it is open during Heritage Open Days and on other selected days throughout the year. Dating from 1388, it was built by the Cisterian Monks of Waverley Abbey.

Take a look at the pdf icon Exhibitions Brochure for Guildford's own heritage sites [3Mb] for details of exhibitions and events in Guildford Museum and Guildford House Gallery for the next six months.