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.
This year is a special one for Abbots Hospital as it is the 400th anniversary of its founding by local boy George Abbot in 1619. Join one of our George Abbot tours to find out why this man who rose to prominence as Archbishop and politician was admired and respected by some and reviled by others.
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