Walking Tours of Guildford - Welcome

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

We are delighted to offer a limited programme of public walks during September 2020, including Heritage Open Days: Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September. In accordance with government health guidance, the number of people on each walk will be limited to 5 people, social distancing will be observed and booking will be mandatory. See our Schedule page for the dates and times. Private tours may also be possible on a similar basis.

For those who are unable to join our public walks, have a look at the quizzes and activities page for a choice of self-guided trails, virtual trails and video stories.

Guildford has over 1000 years of history. On our varied programme of guided walks, you can hear about the famous people connected with our town, admire its remarkable buildings and discover its past.

Our Town Guides can tell you the stories of Lewis Carroll and Alan Turing in Guildford, bring to life how people lived at different times and explore with you its rich architecture and cultural heritage.

In 2019 the Guildford Town Guides were honoured to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service - the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. A big thank-you to all of our volunteers!

A choice of free tours

We offer a variety of walks for all tastes as you can see on our Range of tours page. Whether you are new to Guildford or familiar with the town, a tour with a town guide is an eye-opening experience.

There are at least four free walks each week from May to September. You can see the next 10 events in our programme, above. See our Schedule page for full details of all dates and times.

For most walks, just join the guide at the meeting point; no booking is necessary. Booking is, however, essential for a few of the most popular walks. These are clearly marked. Booking is available on-line at www.visitguildford.com or by contacting the Guildford Tourist Information Centre (tic@guildford.gov.uk or box office 01483 444334).

Time and distance

The walks take a maximum of 2 hours and most are about 90 minutes. The walking distance ranges from half a mile up to 2 miles. Visit the walk pages listed in the side panel for specific information for any particular walk.

Groups and Organisations

In addition to the programme of free public tours, the Guides also offer:
    •  Private tours for Groups
    •  Tours for Schools
    •  illustrated Talks on aspects of local history.

Introducing the Guildford Town Guides

The Guildford Town Guides are a small band of enthusiastic volunteers who lead walking tours for residents and visitors to Guildford. Over 35 years we have shown tens of thousands of visitors around the town. For more information on our origins and our activities, visit our About Us page.

For any further information please contact us.
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