Pubs and Inns
This walk provides insight into the social side of our history.
Guildford has had a great number of pubs over the ages.
For hundreds of years the number was never less than 20 and at one point there were over 30 in the High Street alone!
Local breweries were established to service the high demand.
Description: Theme walk - general interest
Guildford was also famous for its Coaching Inns, and these flourished as the London-Portsmouth Turnkpike developed.
The Inns were also centres of society for the local elite and their political parties.
On the other hand, Guildford had several Temperance Hotels too!
These were sometimes seen as a challenge by the publicans and their supporters.
Please note that the tour is about the history of the pubs and inns.
Sorry, but we don't lead groups inside any licensed premises or organise menus!
► A walk in High Street, North Street and Market Street.
► Tunsgate Arch, High Street (opposite the Guildhall).
► Four times per year.
'The ale houses were a vital facility in the town, especially on market day.
In Guildford in 1570s, they were required to display the sign of a woolsack, rather than the pub signs that we know today.'
- Paul Yarrow, guide