Guildford Castle

Our Heritage buildings (Guildford Castle, Guildford House Gallery and the Undercroft) are now closed until further notice. This is to protect the health of our local community and our staff during the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to welcoming you again when we can reopen. This page will be updated with more information when we open.

The Guildford Castle grounds are open for visitors 

Alice Through The Looking Glass

The Green Flag winning castle grounds are Guildford's premier town centre park. The vibrant park is famous for its floral displays. 

The castle grounds are free to enter. There is a small charge if you would like to visit the Castle Keep. Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead.

Where are the grounds and when are they open? 

The castle grounds are open from 8am to dusk throughout the year.

Address: Castle Street, Guildford, GU1 3UW.

Watch this short video of the beautiful castle grounds. See the hard work that goes into making the flower displays:

History of the castle grounds

The grounds at Guildford Castle opened as public gardens in 1888 to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. The gardens have wonderful floral displays, centred on the 11th Century Castle Keep. Other attractions include a life-size statue of Alice Through the Looking Glass, a bowling green and music concerts in the bandstand. The town's war memorial stands in the grounds. Open-air theatre takes place in the summer months.

Most parts of the castle grounds are wheelchair accessible. There are areas with steps and steep slopes, particularly around the Castle Keep.

Friends of Castle Grounds

Join the Friends of Castle Grounds email list. For more information email customerservices@guildford.gov.uk.