5 free things to do in… Guildford

Date Posted: 14/05/2013

Guildford Castle Grounds - Free things to do in Guildford

Pictured: Guildford Castle grounds provide a stunning display of colour throughout the year.

The town of Guildford is located on the river Wey in Surrey and with historic properties, museum exhibitions and a selection of guided tours, there are plenty of free activities for groups to choose from.

1. Tour the town on foot

Groups visiting Guildford between May and September can tour the town on foot; expert guides will take you on a walk lasting one and a half hours around the town to explore the history of the area.

During the Guildford Summer Festival there are free themed walks on a range of subjects, including Lewis Carroll, public art, pubs and inns, ghosts and legends and also looking at specific periods in time including the Victorians and Georgians. 

Don’t miss out on a stroll down the river Wey where walking you can enjoy meadows, locks and countryside.

2. Visit Guildford Museum

The town’s museum is set in a series of historic buildings a short walk from Guildford High Street.

Visiting groups can browse the displays of archaeology, local history and textiles, and learn about Guildford’s links with famous names such as Lewis Carroll and Gertrude Jekyll.

There is a constantly changing programme of exhibitions so there is always something new to see.

3. Admire colourful displays in Guildford Castle grounds

Guildford Castle grounds provide a stunning display of colour throughout the year and a peaceful place to stop and contemplate the history of the spot where you are sitting. 

A walk up a steep incline to the foot of the Great Tower affords panoramic views of Guildford and the surrounding countryside.

The grounds are open all year round and the tower is open every day from April to September.

4. Exhibitions, talks and tours at Guildford House Gallery

Guildford House Gallery is a 17th century town house which also houses the Guildford Tourist Information Centre.

Guildford Museum - Free things to do in Guildford

Pictured: Groups can browse the displays of archaeology, local history and textiles at Guildford Museum.

Built in 1660 for the Childe family, it has been the home of the Guildford Art Collection since 1959, and offers a varied programme of temporary exhibitions, talks, tours and workshops. 

There are free guided tours of the house and gallery at 11am every Wednesday.

5. Guided tours in the Guildhall

Groups visiting the Guildhall may find the 16th/17th century building of great historic interest.

It was formerly a courtroom and Council Chamber, and the ground floor is of Tudor origin. The building houses the Civic plate and many rare items, including a bracket clock made in 1683 which dominates the classical front of the building.

You can enjoy free guided tours every Monday at 2pm, and group travel organisers can book an exclusive guided tour if preferred.

For further group travel information contact Guildford Tourist Information Centre:


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