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Once upon a time a Workhouse

A really interesting place to visit. It has a long history as both a workhouse and later a hospital.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TravellerGillian
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Caterham, United Kingdom
Really interesting

I visited the Spike some yeats ago with the children and returned last week with older teens and my... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2018
Jellytot70
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Be prepared to be moved, this is no ordinary tour. The Spike in Guildford is unique, the last remaining of over 600 in the country with its stone-breaking/wood-chopping cells showing how you could have paid for a night's kip. Ever picked Oakum? Find...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Warren Road, Guildford GU1 3JH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a heritage day and found it very interesting and educational. The guide was excellent and well informed regarding the history of the building both as a workhouse and it's later use as part of a hospital.

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Regina R, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your review, Peter. The volunteer tour guides will be told and, no doubt, be delighted that you were impressed by the tour. Gina Redpath

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here purely by chance on some down time during work and this was a nice experience. The guide was very educational and enthusiast. Made the tour more interesting. Highly recommend if you are in the area!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really interesting place to visit. It has a long history as both a workhouse and later a hospital.

Thank TravellerGillian
Regina R, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review

Reviewed 1 September 2018

I was looking for something to do with my 11 year old son while my husband was at an appointment in Guildford for a couple of hours. The reviews for The Spike on Tripadvisor came up and I will admit I was a bit hesitant...More

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Regina R, Owner at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thank you for your lovely review, we have several school groups visiting during term time and we have a very special day for them. Perhaps your son will find himself in the Spike with his school and then he will have a very real task...More

Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

I visited the Spike some yeats ago with the children and returned last week with older teens and my parent. The tour was even more interesting than before and was a good hour and a half. The guide was entertaining whilst sensitive to the topic,...More

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Regina R, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thank you for your super review. We are working on expanding and extending the visitor experience and will be including more about the original workhouse. Please get in touch if you have any further ideas or are able to help. Thanks Gina Redpath

Reviewed 30 August 2018

Please do not be put off coming hear by negative reviews, if you are interested in history and want to be educated about what was in the surrounding area's of Guildford along with the history of what remains then this is a must. We had...More

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Regina R, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thank you Mary, a lovely review and we are really grateful that you have mentioned it to friends. As the Spike is entirely run by volunteers a positive review does make it all feel very worthwhile. Gina Redpath

Reviewed 28 August 2018

Spike Heritage Centre is the vagrants' hostel which was associated with Guildford workhouse. It has been well restored & provides a fascinating insight into life there & the appalling treatment that people received. We had a very informative and entertaining tour lasting over an hour,...More

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Regina R, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thank you for your delightful review, David and TJ do give a good tour. Please visit again and spread the word, so many people are still discovering the Spike. Gina Redpath

Reviewed 15 August 2018

Recently visited the Spike with relatives from the USA. All four of us found the visit extremely informative and interesting. I lived opposite a workhouse as a child and into my teens but had no idea how they operated. The visit gave a fascinating insight...More

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Regina R, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review, it really is most appreciated.

Reviewed 12 August 2018

I've taken 20-30 cubs here on 3 different occasions. The volunteers are very informative and the young people learn so much about a time that they haven't experienced.

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Regina R, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thank you Stephen, delighted you enjoyed the Spike with the Cubs. The tour guides take great pleasure in showing youngsters around the Spike as it really is an eyeopener for them. Hope to see you next year again Gina Redpath

Reviewed 6 August 2018

We were surprised that this is a top rated attraction in Guildford. It's great that the small fragment of the building has been preserved - but all too little to make a particularly interesting visit. I hesitate to criticise an museum maintained by enthusiastic volunteers,...More

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Regina R, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2018

Thank you for visiting the Spike and your rating of Average. We are sorry that you did not enjoy your tour as much as the majority of our visitors. The spike is a building in its own right, and not part of the main workhouse....More

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Irishlynzi
18 September 2017|
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We just turned up and joined a tour. We didn’t need to book. Perhaps if you are a large party it might help to call ahead.
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MrsEasty
16 February 2017|
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Response from Regina R | Property representative |
Thank you for your comments, they are quite right. Do please call and tell us when you are coming, we will arrange for a special tour guide, one who is used to school visits.
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Patricia W
9 March 2016|
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Response from Regina R | Property representative |
Head for St Luke's Surgery on Warren Road, GU1 3JH we share an entrance through the Workhouse Wall Lots of free parking
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