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Guildford Castle

Visit Guildford Castle and head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside.

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Castle opening times

In 2003 - 2004 the Great Tower was conserved and the original crenellations and other features were discovered.

A roof and floor were reinstated at first floor level, which has made the building more accessible to visitors. The Tower contains a model of the original castle circa 1300, and interpretation panels tracing its history to the present day.

There is a visitor platform on the roof offering panoramic views of Guildford. There is a small gift shop on the ground floor of the castle.

  • January - February: Closed

  • March: Saturday and Sunday only, 11am - 4pm (last admission 3.30pm)

  • April - September: Monday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

  • October: Saturday and Sunday only, 11am - 4pm (last admission 3.30pm)

  • October half-term: Monday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm (last admission 3.30pm)

  • November - December: Closed


  • Adult: £3.20

  • Child/Concessions: £1.60

The castle grounds are open all year round and admission is free. There is a small charge to visit the Castle Keep.

Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead.

Medieval Machines

Date and time:

7 - 29 October (11am - 4pm).

Medieval Machines - spinning wheel Location:

Guildford Castle (entry charge applies).

The medieval period was one of great creativity and development. Many of the basic technologies which underpinned the renaissance and later the industrial revolution were first developed, while at the same time innovations from Roman times were rediscovered and refined.

With this exhibition you can explore these technologies first hand, and get an insight into the roots of modern technology and the inventiveness of our ancestors.

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Christmas at Guildford Castle

Date: 9 December

Time: 11.30am to 3.30pm

With Christmas approaching and the festivities due to begin, the town's folk gather impatiently to welcome their King back to his Castle, to herald the start of the Christmas festivities. 

Come along to Guildford Castle on Saturday 9 December to experience and enjoy the traditions and treats of Christmas past and present.

Free entry to the Castle Grounds.

Admission charge to the Castle.

Castle Grounds

Castle Grounds

Discover the beautifully maintained gardens and stunning flower displays in Guildford's Castle Grounds.

History of Guildford Castle

History of Guildford Castle

Explore the history behind Guildford's medieval Castle, located in the centre of the town.

Access at Guildford Castle

Access at Guildford Castle

Read our access information for deaf and disabled visitors to Guildford Castle.