Explore a slice of historic England when you book hotels in Guildford. The market town, in the home county of Surrey, has a cobbled high street crammed with charming Georgian buildings, designer boutiques and pleasant places in which to sup a cappuccino and tuck into a croissant as you watch the world go by.
Sitting on the River Wey among the hills of the North Downs, Guildford is an ideal location to base a break as it offers easy access to both the lush surrounding countryside and the nearby attractions and sights of London.
There's much to see and do in Guildford, which is famed as a home and final resting place for 'Alice's Adventure in Wonderland' writer Lewis Carroll. Historic sights are the main draw for visitors to this pretty town, with Guildford Castle, Guildford House Gallery, the Guildhall, and a medieval undercroft, among other treasures, attracting tourists hoping for a glimpse into the past.
Guildford is compact enough to navigate the main sights by foot; booking Guildford hotels in the town centre is the best option if you would prefer to avoid using public transport or hopping in the car to reach the attractions.
Within the town centre, where many excellent restaurants will compete for your attention of an evening, there are modern hotels, budget hotels, rooms in historical buildings, accommodation above gastro-pubs, and a couple of very good four-star hotels. The town features a number of attractive B&Bs too, and many overseas visitors stay here to feel the warmth of British hospitality. Several well-known chains have properties in the area such as Ramada, Holiday Inn, Travelodge and Premier Inn.
On the outskirts of Guildford, you are more likely to find hotels amid verdant gardens, which feature the style and ambience of a manor house, with a few housing on-site spas.
Top five attractions
Climb the tower for views of the town after touring this impressive castle, which is surrounded by magnificent gardens. Opening times are limited during winter.
Guildford House Gallery
An art collection housed in a gorgeous 17th-century listed townhouse in Guildford's High Street.
With its stunning High-Street façade and clock, the Guildhall is one of the most photographed sights in the town. Guided tours of the 16th-century building are available.
Global influences on the beautiful Clandon Park, built in 1730, include a Maori meeting house from New Zealand and a sunken Dutch garden and bulb field.
This enchanting historic home in the North Downs dates back to 1562. The walled gardens are a delight in summer.
Lido opening; May: The Guildford Lido is hugely popular during summer and offers a great way to cool off when the sun is shining. The lido opens between May and September.
Guildford Summer Festival; June-August: A line up of spectacular events takes place during summer, with plenty of free events to join around the town.
Guildford Book Festival; October: Authors, celebrities and avid readers attend this well-regarded book festival in autumn.