Abbot's Hospital

High Street


Opening Times

Pre-Booked Guided Tours - 01/01/20 to 31/12/20
  • Monday 11:00 - 12:30
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30
  • Thursday 11:00 - 12:30
  • Friday 11:00 - 12:30
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • Bank Holiday Open


Abbot's Hospital was founded in 1619 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury (born and educated in Guildford and a translator of the King James Bible) to provide accommodation for local elderly people. Today this Grade 1 listed Jacobean building offers self-contained town centre housing for 26 residents.

Much of the building remains unchanged and many original features are still in place. A guided tour reveals 17th century stained glass in the Chapel, original furniture in the panelled Common Hall, wonderful architecture and beautifully maintained courtyard gardens. The newly developed Exhibition provides additional insight into the life and history of this unique building.

Guided tours available May to September on Thursdays and Fridays at 11am (no need to book) (£5 per person, Under 16s free).
Pre-booked tours available all year Monday - Friday by arrangement with the Master (£5 per person, Min 6 people) School Visits - Free. 


All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
Disabled persons toilet
Educational Visits Accepted
Groups by arrangement
Groups welcome
Guided tours
Guided Tours Available for Groups
Guided Tours Available for Individuals
Guided tours by arrangement
In town/city centre
Marketed Towards Children
Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
Marketed towards student/youth
On site parking close by
Railway station within walking distance
Wheelchair user accessible