Guildford

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Guildford which includes heritage architecture

Explore the historic center of Surrey’s largest town, which is lined with handsome old storefronts.  

Guildford is an attractive market town with a 17th-century clock and a cobblestone main street. Browse shops ranging from designer stores to independent boutiques, admire the town’s historic architecture and check out the regular street markets.

Visit Guildford Cathedral, set on an imposing hilltop above the River Wey. The cathedral’s stark red-brick exterior is balanced by a bright interior of pale Somerset sandstone and white Italian marble flooring. The cathedral regularly hosts interesting events. Take a guided tour of the interior.

Enjoy the panoramic views from atop Guildford Castle. First constructed in the 12th century, the castle’s shell keep is the only part of the original complex visible today. See the exhibit in the Great Tower, which includes a model of the original castle and an interpretation panel examining its long history.

Tour The Spike, a well-restored workhouse dating back to the early 20th century. Through costumed reenactments and hands-on activities, The Spike offers interesting insight into poverty in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Don’t miss the traditional street market on North Street every Friday and Saturday. With more than 20 stalls, the market is an excellent place to shop for fresh produce and meats, in addition to accessories and home furnishings.

Head 11 miles (17.5 kilometers) outside of Guildford to visit Polesden Lacey, a 19th-century mansion in Great Bookham. Inside, admire the exceptional collection of early 20th-century porcelain, furniture, silver and artwork. Walk through the mansion’s beautifully landscaped gardens or rent equipment to play a game of croquet.

Guildford is also an excellent base for visiting the RHS Wisley Garden, a 240-acre (97-hectare) garden 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of the city. The garden is touted as one of the most diverse in the world. Smell the fragrant air of the rose gardens and inspect the trial fields, which are used for new vegetables and flowers.

Take a train or drive from London to reach Guildford. If arriving by plane, choose flights that land in Heathrow or Gatwick airports.

Holiday Inn Guildford
Holiday Inn Guildford
4 out of 5
Egerton Road, Guildford, England
The price is Rs7,368 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Surrey and Guildford Cathedral. Surrey Research Park and Electric Theatre ...
4/5 Very Good! (649 reviews)
"Clean. A bit worn out"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2021

Holiday Inn Guildford
Guildford Harbour Hotel
Guildford Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, England
The price is Rs10,121 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Located in the heart of Guildford, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of High Street and Abbot's Hospital. Guildford Guildhall and Guildford Castle are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (969 reviews)
"I liked the bar and spa staff. Found it odd that as residents of the hotel we had to pay extra to use the spa which we accessed to through the bar (in our robes!) and that the receptionist didn’t mention and he refused to take a card to pay for extras so I had to pay separately for spa access, drinks ..."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Guildford Harbour Hotel
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
Mandolay Hotel Guildford
4 out of 5
36 - 40 London Road, Guildford, England
Fully refundable
The price is Rs8,113 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Situated in Guildford, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of High Street, Abbot's Hospital, and Guildford Guildhall. Guildford Castle and Stoke ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (575 reviews)
"Room was a lovely and spacious deluxe room. Staff were helpful and friendly and the breakfast was decent. Hotel was ideally located for walking into town and to the Theatre."

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021

Mandolay Hotel Guildford
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Roomspace Apartments -The Residence
Roomspace Apartments -The Residence
3 out of 5
Alexandra Terrace, Guildford, England
Situated in Guildford, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of High Street and Abbot's Hospital. Guildford Guildhall and Guildford Castle are also ...
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Roomspace Apartments -Abbot's Yard
Roomspace Apartments -Abbot's Yard
4 out of 5
Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, England
Located in the heart of Guildford, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Electric Theatre and High Street. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Guildford ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
Comfortable, modern centrally located flat
"Twobed flat centrally located Well furnished in a clean modern style Two beds and bathrooms,one ensuite Kitchen with allappliances,washing machine and dishwasher Everything required for a weekwnd getaway!"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019

Roomspace Apartments -Abbot's Yard
Flexi-lets The Bars Development
Flexi-lets The Bars Development
3.5 out of 5
The Bars, Surrey, Guildford, England
Situated in Guildford, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of High Street, Guildford Guildhall and Abbot's Hospital. Electric Theatre and Guildford ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (7 reviews)
Beautiful Apartment - Excellent Service
"FlexiLets provided an excellent service, even walking up to meet us when we got lost. The apartment was beautiful and spotlessly clean, excellent amenities supplied. I would definitely recommend them."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

Flexi-lets The Bars Development
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