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

Step back in time and explore the heritage and history of the market town of Guildford.

Don't miss these heritage sites in town:

  • The Tudor Guildhall with its spectacular overhanging clock
  • The Medieval Undercroft - once a merchant's shop.
  • The 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.
  • Visit to Guildford Museum with its collections of local history, needlework andLewis Carroll artefacts
  • 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 elderly today.
  • 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

Explore the heritage in the surrounding countryside:

  • Hatchlands Park (National Trust) with its Cobbe Collection of musical instruments
  • Polesden Lacey (National Trust) where the Queen Mother spent her honeymoon.
  • Dapdune Wharf on the River Wey Navigation - explore Guildford's past when it was a bustling wool town reliant on the River Wey- before the railways arrived.  
  • Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is an example of an Arts and Crafts building, housing the work of the greatest Victorian artist G. F. Watts - Do not miss the Grade I listed Watts Cemetery Chapel, created by Mary Watts!
  • Chilworth Mills for a delightful countryside walk and explore the old gunpowder mills.
  • Visit Wanborough Barn - - open during Heritage Open Days and on other selected days throughout the year
  • Just a few miles south of Guildford you will find Loseley Park

 Take a look at the pdf icon Guildford Heritage Brochure [2Mb] for details of exhibitions and events in Guildford Museum and Guildford House Gallery for the next six months.

To make the most of your evening find places to eat and drink in Guildford or maybe make it a big night out and stay in one of Guildford's hotels or B&Bs.

For details of getting here, public transport and parking go to our Plan Your Visit page