Guildford Local Attractions
Head to the top of the great tower at Guildford Castle for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Conserved in 2003 with a roof and floor reinstated on the first floor level, The Tower contains a model of the original castle circa 1300, and interpretation panels tracing its history to the present day. The visitor platform on the roof offers spectacular panoramic views of Guildford.
Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra
Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra is at the heart of music-making in south east England, offering a huge repertoire extending from the seventeenth century to the present day. The Philharmonic includes concerts for children and with children, chamber concerts in more intimate venues, large-scale choral and orchestral works, working with a variety of conductors covering a wide range of musical styles. Guildford Philharmonic is dedicated to attracting new audiences for all types of classical music and makes concert-going an exciting experience for all!
One of the country’s few remaining original 1930’s open-air pools, the Guildford Lido is open during the summer season from May to September, attracting an average of 60,000 people every season and playing host to a variety of community galas, competitions and other community clubs and societies. The Olympic sized pool is set in 4½ acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and heated to 24 degrees centigrade, making this lido a great place to relax, meet friends, and enjoy some swimming!
Guildford Book Festival
Self-confessed bookworms will thoroughly enjoy the Guildford Book Festival, a key cultural event in Guildford’s calendar. The event, which runs during the month of October promises an exciting line-up of Britain's best writers and personalities in this festival celebrating the written word!
Guildford House Gallery
Situated at the top of Guildford High Street, Guildford House is a fascinating 17th century town house with an annual visitor figure of over 100,000. It has been the home of the Borough Art Collection since 1959, and offers a varied programme of temporary exhibitions, talks, tours and workshops, as well as housing the town’s Tourist Information Centre.