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!
New Winter Walks Programme
If you are looking for something interesting to do in the winter months, come and join one of our free winter walks.
• Guildford Story on Saturday 14 March 2020 at 2:30 pm
• Guildford Story on Saturday 18 April 2020 at 2:30 pm
The walks are free, but booking is recommended. The meeting point for these walks is Tunsgate Arch.
A new Guildford Markets walk is planned for February 2020. The dates and times will be finalised shortly.
Summer 2020 programme:
The free public walk programme will begin again in May 2020. The full schedule will be available mid March 2020 on this website and from the Guildford Tourist Information Centre.
A choice of free tours
We offer a variety of walks for all tastes as you can see on our Range of tours
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
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