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.