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Thriving county town with plenty to see and do

Are you looking for things to do in Guildford? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Guildford Castle, Guilfest and Guildford Spectrum


Did you know...

  • The University Hall on the campus of the University of Surrey was the site of the first ever Led Zeppelin gig on 25 October 1968.
  • Guildford has been the home of several notable writers. Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, had a house in Guildford and is buried in the Mount Cemetery.
  • Guildford lays claim to rock group The Stranglers, who were based in the town in the early 1970s and were briefly known as "The Guildford Stranglers". Drummer Jet Black ran an off-licence in the town and bass player Jean Jacques Burnel attended the Royal Grammar School.



 

  Attractions

Guildford Castle

11th century castle.
Castle Street
Guildford
GU1 3UQ

01483444751

 

Shalford Mill

National Trust - 18th-century watermill with well-preserved machinery.
Shalford
near Guildford
GU4 8BS

 

Guildford Lido

Charming art deco outdoor pool.
Stoke Road
Guildford
GU1 1HB

Recommended by Sarah McGrath, Guildford

 

River Wey And Godalming Navigations And Dapdune Wharf FREE

National Trust - Tranquil waterway running for nearly 20 miles through the heart of Surrey.
Dapdune Wharf
Wharf Road
GU1 4RR

 

Dapdune Wharf

National Trust - Centrepiece of the River Wey Navigations.
Surrey
GU1 4RR

 

Losely Park

Magnificent stately home open to the public with stunning gardens.
Guildford
Surrey
GU3 1HS

01483304440

 

Witley And Milford Commons FREE

National Trust - A rich and varied landscape buzzing with wildlife.
Haslemere Road
Witley
GU8 5QA

 

Loseley Park

The walled garden attached to this fine Elizabethan house has recently been re-made and replanted in the Jekyll style.
Guildford
Surrey
GU3 1HS

 

Clandon Park

National Trust - Grand Palladian mansion with unique carved marble hall.
Surrey
GU4 7RQ

 

Hydon's Ball And Heath FREE

National Trust - Memorial to Octavia Hill overlooking the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Salts Lane
Godalming
GU8 4BB

 

Hatchlands Park

National Trust - Splendid Robert Adam interiors.
Surrey
GU4 7RT

 

Winkworth Arboretum

National Trust - Hillside woodland with many rare trees and shrubs.
Surrey
GU8 4AD

 

Oakhurst Cottage

National Trust - Fascinating artisan's cottage.
Surrey
GU8 4HF

 
 

  Parks

Stoke Park FREE

The paddling pool at Stoke Park will be open from Wednesday 15 May 2013.
Nightingale Road
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 1ER

 

Cucknells Wood FREE

The reserve is particularly noted for its fine display of bluebells in spring and of the vast numbers of silver-washed fritillarie.
Stroud Lane
south-east of Shamley Green
Surrey
GU5 0ST

 

Broadstreet And Backside Commons FREE

The present day landscape is a mixture of semi-mature birch and oak woodlands, and poor acidic grassland.
Pinks Hill
Wood Street village
Surrey
GU3 3BW

 

Bagmoor Common FREE

It was at one time open heath but has now reverted to birch woodland, which Surrey Wildlife Trust is gradually clearing.
west of Milford
GU8 6LA

 

Fir Tree Copse FREE

Fir Tree Copse is small in size but rich in wildlife and one of the best sites in Surrey for moths.
Dunsfold Road
Dunsfold
GU6 8HU

 

Chitty's Common FREE

Chitty's is a local community common, hidden between the houses of Rydes Hill. This green oasis is a wildlife magnet.
Keens Lane
Rydes Hill
Surrey
GU2 9YG

 

Chinthurst Hill FREE

Chinthurst Hill is a quiet and peaceful spot with fine views from its summit.
Wonersh Common Road
Surrey
GU5 0PR

 

Littlefield Common FREE

A beautiful mixture of oak and silver birch woodland, open glades and a recently restored pond.
Aldershot Road
near Guildford
Surrey
GU3 3HH

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Guildford

Multi-screen cinema.
Bedford Road
Guildford
GU1 4SJ

03330144501

 
 

  Theatre

Yvonne Arnuad Theatre

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is one of the country's leading regional producing theatres with 2 auditoriums, an a-la-carte restaurant and cafe bar.
Millbrook
Guildford
GU1 3UX

01483443900

 

The Boilerroom

Creative arts music venue.
13 Stoke Fields
Guildford
GU1 4LS

01483539539

 
 

  Comedy

The Gag Factory

Popular comedy club.
2 Quarry Street
Guildford
GU1 3TY

 
 

  Golf

Puttenham Golf Club

Golf Club.
Heath Road
Puttenham
Guildford
Surrey
GU3 1AL

 

Milford Golf Club

Golf Club.
Station Lane
Milford
Surrey
GU8 5HS

 

Guildford Golf Club

Guildford Golf Club on the Merrow Downs enjoys a wealth of history and tradition, home to one of the finest all-weather courses in the South of England.
High Path Road
Merrow
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 2HL

 

Chiddingfold Golf Club

Golf Club.
Petworth Road
Chiddingfold
Surrey
GU8 4SL

 

West Surrey Golf Club

West Surrey Golf Club is a friendly private members club where visitors are very welcome.
Enton Green
Godalming
Surrey
GU8 5AF

 

Clandon Regis Golf Club

Golf Club.
Epsom Road
West Clandon
Nr Guilford
Surrey
GU4 7TT

 

Bramley Golf Club

Golf Club.
Bramley
Nr Guildford
Surrey
GU5 0AL

 
 

  Leisure centres

Activzone

Gym and fitness centre.
Guildford College
Stoke Road
GU1 1EZ

01483448666

 

Guildford Spectrum

At one exciting venue there is tenpin bowling, an Olympic sized ice rink, four leisure pools including a leisure pool, a soft play centre, sports arena, athletics stadium and health and fitness suite.
Parkway
Guildford
GU1 1UP

01483443322

 

The Gym

Affordable gym and fitness centre.
Woodbridge Meadows
Guildford
GU1 1BA

08444128137

 

Aqua Roma

Health club, spa and gym.
Newlands Corner
Guildford
GU4 8SE

01483222624

 

Spirit Health And Fitness Club

Fitness centre and spa.
Egerton Road
Guildford
GU2 7XZ

01483453134

 

Virgin Active Guildford

Health club and gym.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Railton Road
GU2 9QB

01483540250

Recommended by Polly Sturgess, Guildford

 

LA Fitness

Gym and fitness club.
Epsom Road
Guildford
GU4 7AA

 
 

  Sport

Guildford Dry Ski Slope

Skiing and snowboarding lessons available.
Larch Avenue
Guildford
GU1 1JY

01483504988

 
 

  Paintball

Guildford Paintball

The Guildford paintball site offers several great paintball game scenarios and game zones.
Off Epsom Road
Wesy Horsley
KT24 6EA

 
 

  Riding

Surrey Hill Llamas

LLama treks in the beautiful Surrey hills.
The Merry Harriers
Hambledon
GU8 4DR

01428682883

 
 

  Climbing

Craggy Island Climbing Centre

Indoor Climbing Centre.
9 Cobbett Park
Guildford
GU1 1RU

01483566880

 

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