Guildford's Heritage

Guildford's Heritage Guildford Heritage Service:
👉Guildford House
👉Guildford Museum
👉Guildford Castle
👉Guildhall Entry is free. Gallery spaces: 10.30am-3.30pm.
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Guildford House - 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ
Guildford House is a fascinating 17th century Grade I listed town house located on the High Street. It houses Guildford House Gallery: a changing exhibition space offering a varied programme of art and craft shows, workshops and talks; a craft gift shop; and the Tourist Information Centre. The Brew House craft shop sells a range of unique gifts

and locally crafted goods. Opening times: Guildford House, TIC and Brew House shop: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm. Guildford Museum - Castle Arch, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3SX
Set in a series of historic buildings just a couple of minutes’ walk from Guildford High Street, the Museum is home to a permanent collection of objects from Guildford and the surrounding Borough, dating from prehistoric times to the present day. Explore our local history from the age of prehistoric man to modern life and times. Discover more about famous people connected with Guildford and Surrey, including garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and author Lewis Carroll. Enjoy our unique collection of needlework and toys. As well as free displays and exhibitions we have a programme of events and activities for all ages. Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday, 12noon to 4.30pm (last admission 4pm). Guildford Castle - Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3SX
Visit Guildford Castle and head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside. The Castle is thought to have been built by William the Conqueror, or one of his barons, shortly after the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Used as a Royal Palace, a prison and a private residence, the Castle and grounds were sold to the Guildford Corporation in 1885. Opening times: June to October Wednesday to Saturday, 12noon to 4.30pm (last admission 4pm). Adult £3.70, child £2.20, under 5s free. The Guildhall - High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA
The Guildhall is a 16th century building of great historic interest. Formerly a courtroom and council chamber, the ground floor is of Tudor origin. The classical front of the building is dominated by a magnificent bracket clock made in 1683. The venue is used for civic functions and is available for hire and opens for events. Contact [email protected]. Medieval Undercroft - 72 High St, Guildford GU1 3HE
The medieval Undercroft is one of the finest examples in the country. Dating from the end of the 13th century, this stone vaulted semi-basement is thought to have been a merchant’s shop, selling wine or expensive cloths or silk. Opening times: May to September Wednesday and Saturday 2pm to 4pm. Wanborough Barn - Westwood Lane, Wanborough GU3 2JR
Wanborough Barn is one of the most important medieval barns in England. Dating from 1388, it was built by the Cistercian monks of Waverley Abbey. The barn holds a display of local and historic interest as well as hosting special events and exhibitions. Open to the public on selected days. Visit http://www.wanboroughgreatbarn.co.uk/ for details. Victorian School Room - 39½ Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3UQ
This building began life as the Providence Chapel built in 1816. Today it houses a specially recreated Victorian schoolroom and playroom, available for school visits by appointment.

We love how festive the Christmas trees look on the balcony of our wonderful Guildhall! We have lots of fun activities a...
09/12/2023

We love how festive the Christmas trees look on the balcony of our wonderful Guildhall!
We have lots of fun activities across our Heritage attractions this festive season, visit https://www.guildford.gov.uk/heritageandhistory to find out more!

08/12/2023

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We have a free drop-in session for families.
We can’t wait to see what you make!
👉 Tuesday 19 December
👉 10.30pm to 12.30pm
👉 Guildford House Gallery
👉 For more details contact us at [email protected]

Have you come across an interesting archaeological object while out walking or using a metal detector?  Bring your find ...
08/12/2023

Have you come across an interesting archaeological object while out walking or using a metal detector?
Bring your find to our Finds Identification Session and find out more about it. Our Surrey Finds Liaison Officer, Dr Simon Maslin will take a look.
👉 Saturday 9 December
👉 10am – 12noon
👉 The Powell Room, Guildford House Gallery

08/12/2023
We’re really into the Christmas spirit at  . Come and join in a free festive trail around the galleries. Suitable for ch...
08/12/2023

We’re really into the Christmas spirit at . Come and join in a free festive trail around the galleries.
Suitable for children aged 5+. Available during normal opening hours.
👉 Wednesday to Saturday
👉 12 noon to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)
👉 Guildford Museum
👉 For more details contact us at [email protected]

We recently found this   in our collections store. The winter scene on the front is very pretty, however inside is an od...
07/12/2023

We recently found this in our collections store. The winter scene on the front is very pretty, however inside is an odd drawing of a Christmas pudding kissing a joint of roast beef and wishing compliments of the season!
How strange!

Have you been to the Secret Guildford exhibition yet at  ? There’s lots of fantastic free activities to do for aspiring ...
06/12/2023

Have you been to the Secret Guildford exhibition yet at ?
There’s lots of fantastic free activities to do for aspiring secret agents! Follow the trail, solve the morse code challenge or devise your own secret message. Available during normal opening hours.
👉 Wednesday to Saturday
👉 12 noon to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)
👉 Guildford Museum
👉 For more details contact us at [email protected]

Now December is here, Christmas shopping is definitely on the cards. Visit our Brew House Shop to see the wonderful sele...
05/12/2023

Now December is here, Christmas shopping is definitely on the cards. Visit our Brew House Shop to see the wonderful selection of festive gifts, cards and gift wrap.

Situated in the courtyard Guildford House, we’re open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.

Places are already filling up for our History of Guildford classes in partnership with Guildford Town Guides. With cours...
05/12/2023

Places are already filling up for our History of Guildford classes in partnership with Guildford Town Guides. With course notes produced by Matthew Alexander, the Honorary Remembrancer, the course promises to be an interesting and engaging journey through our towns history.
Pre booking is required, for more details visit: https://www.guildfordwalks.org.uk/contact-us/history-of-guildford-class/

The   exhibition - is now OPEN! The work on display was selected from entries to the Guildford House Open Competition, b...
04/12/2023

The exhibition - is now OPEN!
The work on display was selected from entries to the Guildford House Open Competition, by judges Hayam El-Sayad (oil painter), Tabish Khan (London art critic), Will Nash (sculptor) and Lynn Szygenda (from our Heritage team). Enjoy great contemporary art in a range of media in this free exhibition.
https://www.guildford.gov.uk/whatsonatguildfordhouse

Our private view for the   has been buzzing this evening - we're super excited that Curtis Holder was announced the winn...
01/12/2023

Our private view for the has been buzzing this evening - we're super excited that Curtis Holder was announced the winner of the competition! We can't wait to welcome Curtis back to in 2024 for his solo exhibition!
The Guildford House Open exhibition runs until 06 January, do drop by and see an amazing range of contemporary art on display.

🎅🤶🎄 It’s that time of year again, so join us tomorrow at   to create unique upcycled Christmas cards for your friends an...
01/12/2023

🎅🤶🎄 It’s that time of year again, so join us tomorrow at to create unique upcycled Christmas cards for your friends and family.
We’ll have lots of colourful, Christmassy materials for you to use in creating a one-of-a-kind special card! We can’t wait to see what you make!

Christmas jumper wearing is optional!

👉 Saturday 2 December
👉 12.30pm to 2.30pm
👉 Free drop-in session for families
👉 Guildford Museum
👉 For more details contact us at [email protected]

Guildford House, including the TIC and Brew House Shop, will be closing at 3.30pm today to set up for a private event. W...
01/12/2023

Guildford House, including the TIC and Brew House Shop, will be closing at 3.30pm today to set up for a private event.
We’ll reopen again as usual on Saturday 02 December.

The next     is next Thursday, 7 December. Christmas is a time for charity so come along to this talk by Guildford Museu...
30/11/2023

The next is next Thursday, 7 December. Christmas is a time for charity so come along to this talk by Guildford Museum volunteer Jean Wickens, about Local Charities and Benefactors of Guildford. Over the centuries Guildford has been blessed with a large number of benefactors, some unintentionally, some intentionally. Many of the charities they set up still help and support Guildford people today.

👉 Thursday 7 December
👉 Doors open at 10.30am for coffee.
👉 The talk starts at 11am and lasts about 50 minutes.
👉 Suggested donation of £2 for local charities.
👉 Please pre-book by emailing [email protected] or phone 01483 444751.

Today marks Gertrude Jekyll’s (1843-1932) birthday. Did you know that, as well as being a gardener and artist, Jekyll wa...
29/11/2023

Today marks Gertrude Jekyll’s (1843-1932) birthday.
Did you know that, as well as being a gardener and artist, Jekyll was a collector of objects from rural cottage life in Surrey?
You can see some of these objects on display in .

Guildford House, including the TIC and Brew House Shop, will be closing at 3.30pm on Friday 01 December to set up for a ...
29/11/2023

Guildford House, including the TIC and Brew House Shop, will be closing at 3.30pm on Friday 01 December to set up for a private event.
We'll reopen again as usual on Saturday 02 December.

Are you looking for a unique and special Christmas gift? Our Brew House Shop stocks a wonderful selection of festive gif...
28/11/2023

Are you looking for a unique and special Christmas gift? Our Brew House Shop stocks a wonderful selection of festive gifts. From wrap to decorations, ornaments to cards – we have plenty to choose from!
Situated in the courtyard of Guildford House. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.

Explore our new exhibition and find out about the brave secret agents of the Special Operations Executive. See their uni...
27/11/2023

Explore our new exhibition and find out about the brave secret agents of the Special Operations Executive. See their uniforms, weapons, and the amazing gadgets that they used during their operations!

Secret Guildford – Locations and secret agents of the Special Operations Executive in World War Two is open now at !

Curated by the The Secret WW2 Learning Network, in partnership with Guildford Museum, and supported by the Friends of Guildford Museum.

🎅🤶🎄 Next Saturday join us at   to make  . We have a free drop-in session for families. 👉 Saturday 2 December👉 12.30pm to...
25/11/2023

🎅🤶🎄 Next Saturday join us at to make . We have a free drop-in session for families.

👉 Saturday 2 December
👉 12.30pm to 2.30pm
👉 Guildford Museum
👉 For more details contact us at [email protected]

If you’re interested in the wonderful history of Guildford, you might want to join our History of Guildford classes. In ...
24/11/2023

If you’re interested in the wonderful history of Guildford, you might want to join our History of Guildford classes. In partnership with Guildford Town Guides, and with course notes produced by Matthew Alexander, the Honorary Remembrancer, the course promises to be an interesting and engaging journey through our towns history.
Pre booking is required, for more details visit: https://www.guildfordwalks.org.uk/contact-us/history-of-guildford-class/

We're really pleased that our wonderful Guildhall won an award at the Guildford Design Awards last night. Our project to...
24/11/2023

We're really pleased that our wonderful Guildhall won an award at the Guildford Design Awards last night. Our project to redecorate the outside of the Guildhall was the winner of the Small Conservation Award!
As custodians of the Guildhall, we take pride in making sure the fabric and structure of the building stands the test of time, and this project was part of doing that!
Well done to the team involved and thanks to the judges for the award!

We’re delighted that the late Austin Playfoot has kindly donated his 1948 and 2012 London Olympic Games torches, along w...
23/11/2023

We’re delighted that the late Austin Playfoot has kindly donated his 1948 and 2012 London Olympic Games torches, along with many other items, to our Heritage Service.
Austin was a torch bearer for both Games and we’ll share more about his experience soon!

The next     is on Thursday 7 December. Christmas is a time for charity, so come along to this talk by Guildford Museum ...
22/11/2023

The next is on Thursday 7 December.
Christmas is a time for charity, so come along to this talk by Guildford Museum volunteer Jean Wickens about Local Charities and Benefactors of Guildford.
Over the centuries Guildford has been blessed with a large number of benefactors, some unintentionally, some intentionally. Many of the charities they set up still help and support Guildford people today.

👉 Thursday 7 December
👉 Doors open at 10.30am for coffee.
👉 The talk starts at 11am and lasts about 50 minutes.
👉 Suggested donation of £2 for local charities.
👉 Please pre-book by emailing [email protected] or phone 01483 444751.

We have lots of festive gifts to suit everyone at the Brew House Shop. With wrap, cards, decorations, and gifts – why no...
21/11/2023

We have lots of festive gifts to suit everyone at the Brew House Shop. With wrap, cards, decorations, and gifts – why not shop independent this year?

Situated in the courtyard of Guildford House. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.

We are just days away from the opening of the first   exhibition on Saturday 25 November!Visit to enjoy an array of stun...
21/11/2023

We are just days away from the opening of the first exhibition on Saturday 25 November!

Visit to enjoy an array of stunning contemporary art in many different media, including ’s vibrant ‘Our Bright Earth’.

All work is for sale.

We’ll soon be announcing more details of our History of Guildford classes taking place in the new year… We’re working wi...
18/11/2023

We’ll soon be announcing more details of our History of Guildford classes taking place in the new year…

We’re working with our friends at Guildford Town Guides this year. The content of the course is based on notes produced by Matthew Alexander, the Honorary Remembrancer.

Watch this space for more details!

🎅🤶🎄 It’s that time of year again, so join us at   to make  . We have a free drop-in session for families. 👉 Saturday 2 D...
17/11/2023

🎅🤶🎄 It’s that time of year again, so join us at to make . We have a free drop-in session for families.

👉 Saturday 2 December
👉 12.30pm to 2.30pm
👉 Guildford Museum
👉 For more details contact us at [email protected]

Intrigue is in the air in Guildford… Visit our exhibition Secret Guildford – Locations and secret agents of the Special ...
15/11/2023

Intrigue is in the air in Guildford…

Visit our exhibition Secret Guildford – Locations and secret agents of the Special Operations Executive in World War Two at .

Find out about the brave secret agents who trained locally and contributed so much to the war effort.

For more intrigue, you can check out our friends , as their theme for this term is ‘Whispers, Secrets and Lies’! https://www.guildford-institute.org.uk/

Secret WW2 Learning Network

Christmas has arrived at the Brew House Shop. You’ll find gifts, wrap, cards and decorations for the festive season! Do ...
14/11/2023

Christmas has arrived at the Brew House Shop. You’ll find gifts, wrap, cards and decorations for the festive season! Do drop by and take a look!

Situated in the courtyard of Guildford House. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.

Today we mark   and honour and remember those that serve, and have served, their country.The Queen’s Royal (West Surrey)...
12/11/2023

Today we mark and honour and remember those that serve, and have served, their country.

The Queen’s Royal (West Surrey) Regiment were given the Freedom of the Borough of Guildford in September 1944.

This honour was given to express Guildford’s pride in its close association with the regiment, and to recognise their distinguished history.

The Queen’s Regiment Parade before the Mayor of Guildford, 1946. Painted by Reginald Henry Lewis (1894-1973) from a photograph taken of the event.

👉👉 Opening today! Secret Guildford – Locations and secret agents of the Special Operations Executive in World War Two is...
11/11/2023

👉👉 Opening today!

Secret Guildford – Locations and secret agents of the Special Operations Executive in World War Two is our new exhibition in partnership with The Secret WW2 Learning Network.

Discover stories of the brave secret agents who trained near Guildford and see some of the amazing objects that helped in their missions! There are family activities too!

The Secret WW2 Learning Network Friends of Guildford Museum

https://www.guildford.gov.uk/whatsonatguildfordmuseum

10/11/2023

Have you come across an interesting archaeological object while out walking or using a metal detector?

Bring your find to our Finds Identification Session and find out more about it. Our Surrey Finds Liaison Officer, Dr Simon Maslin will take a look.

👉 Saturday 11 November
👉 10am – 12noon
👉 Guildford House Gallery

As the weather begins to get colder, perhaps you’ve started to light an open fire or wood burner to keep warm? These orn...
09/11/2023

As the weather begins to get colder, perhaps you’ve started to light an open fire or wood burner to keep warm?

These ornate iron firedogs, in our collection, were used for supporting the logs in a fireplace to help the air circulate beneath.

 , our new exhibition is a great way to enhance your classes learning of WWII. Book a visit to Secret Guildford: Locatio...
08/11/2023

, our new exhibition is a great way to enhance your classes learning of WWII.

Book a visit to Secret Guildford: Locations and secret agents of the Special Operations Executive in World War Two at .

👉 Please contact us to book your visit: [email protected].

The Secret WW2 Learning Network

Now the weather has turned, are you looking for somewhere indoors to take your toddler? Head down to the Scullery Playro...
08/11/2023

Now the weather has turned, are you looking for somewhere indoors to take your toddler? Head down to the Scullery Playroom at .

There’s a toy kitchen and washing equipment to play with, books to read on the comfy bean bags and lots of colouring sheets.

Open Wednesday to Saturday 12noon to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). Free entry.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Our Brew House Shop has new Christmas stock arriving! From decorations to c...
07/11/2023

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Our Brew House Shop has new Christmas stock arriving! From decorations to cards, calendars, and gifts – there’s lots to choose from! Do drop by to take a look!

The Shop is in the courtyard of . Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4.30pm.

It’s going to be an exciting week at Guildford House Gallery as the artworks arrive for the very first   exhibition. Thi...
06/11/2023

It’s going to be an exciting week at Guildford House Gallery as the artworks arrive for the very first exhibition.

This display of contemporary art is selected from entries to the competition of the same name. Opens 25 November and runs until 6 January.

Image: Sunday 5:04am by Curtis Holder

All artworks will be for sale.

https://www.guildford.gov.uk/whatsonatguildfordhouse

Don't forget to vote for the The Guildhall, Guildford in the Guildford Design Awards, if you love the building as much a...
05/11/2023

Don't forget to vote for the The Guildhall, Guildford in the Guildford Design Awards, if you love the building as much as we do! The Guildhall is nominated in the 'Favourite Building' category!
Voting closes on Monday 6th November.
Cast your vote here:
https://www.guildfordsociety.org.uk/favouritebuilding.html

Address

Castle Arch, Quarry Street
Guildford
GU13SX

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12pm - 4:30pm
Thursday 12pm - 4:30pm
Friday 12pm - 4:30pm
Saturday 12pm - 4:30pm

Telephone

+441483444751

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Guildford Heritage Services care for a wide range of historic buildings within the borough, enabling residents and visitors to value, find connection with and be inspired by the past. We aim to ensure they are available for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.

Guildford Museum - Castle Arch, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3SX. At Guildford Museum we work with local people and organisations to collect, record and care for the borough’s heritage collections and to promote understanding, enjoyment and engagement with that heritage through access and learning for all. The museum is set in a series of historic buildings just a couple of minutes’ walk from Guildford High Street, and is full of charm and interest. Our displays take you from the prehistoric era up to the 20th century. We have regularly changing exhibitions so there’s always something new to see. Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.45pm) FREE ENTRY.

Guildford Castle - Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3SX. Guildford Castle is a concrete link to the town’s past and provides a context for Guildford’s early importance and development. A visit to the castle will give you the chance to walk in the footsteps of our predecessors - head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Opening times: April to Sept: 10am to 5pm daily (last admission 4.30pm). Oct and March: Sats andSuns only, 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Adults £3.50, Child/Conc £2.00.

Guildford House - 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ. At Guildford House Gallery we aim to provides a lively cultural focus for residents and visitors to the town, presenting varied programmes of visual art and craft within a historic house. Guildford House also houses the Tourist Information Centre providing a central point of information for exploration of the borough and county. Opening times: Mon to Sat: 10am to 4.45pm, Sun: 11am to 4pm (May - Sept) FREE ENTRY. The Brew House is located in the courtyard of Guildford House, and shows exhibitions by emerging artists.