About us

We are a small band of enthusiastic volunteers who lead walking tours in Guildford town centre. Each year we take thousands of people, adults and children on guided walks. See below for more information on what we do. You will also find information on how to join us and become a town guide yourself.
QAVS presentation to the Guildford Town Guides
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Guildford Town Guides were delighted to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in UK. We were one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the award in 2019.

The Leader of the Town Guides, Nick Bale said "I am delighted that our efforts to introduce new and surprising elements in some of the walks that we lead has been recognised. I would like to pay tribute to the contributions every volunteer makes to our continued success".
Origins
The Guildford Town Guides were originally established over 30 years ago: taught by Matthew Alexander and organised by the Guildford Tourist Information Centre. However, it was not long before the guides took over organising the walks themselves.

For most of this period, two individuals played a vital role in developing and running the guided walks: Marjorie Williams OBE, and Eric Morgan both of whom have sadly passed away in recent years. The success of the guides today is a tribute to their devotion to the town and to the guides.
Our role
The guides today are an independent group of over 20 individuals. We take people on approximately 160 walks each year. We cater for all tastes: local schools, community groups from Surrey and further afield, tourists visiting the town, foreign students coming to study at the University of Surrey and many more.

We are particularly fortunate that Guildford still has such an interesting town centre with many a tale to tell of great deeds, scandals and disasters. We are regularly developing new walks such as the Alan Turing and Leading Lights walks. These have uncovered aspects of Guildford which are interesting and unexpected. We like to introduce our guests to different experiences.

We contribute to a number of the town's events, such as Heritage Open Days, Guildford Walkfest and Guildford Summer Festival. Heritage Open Days weekend is by far our busiest time of the year and for this reason we request guests to pre-book the walks on these days.
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