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Spike Heritage Centre

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Address: Warren Road, Guildford GU1 3JH, England
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+44 1483 598420
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Be prepared to be moved, this is no ordinary tour. The Spike in Guildford...

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 out how. Open on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, tours start at 10a.m. and finish 4p.m., taking approximately 90 minutes, including a short film. £4.50/£3.50. Groups please call, we can make your day very memorable and provide luncheon/refreshments. Plenty of free parking.

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Absolutely fascinating two hours spent here.

This is a small museum and relic of an era that I hope has vanished in Britain, although with the present political outlook I am begining to doubt it. The tour guides are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Basil M
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a small museum and relic of an era that I hope has vanished in Britain, although with the present political outlook I am begining to doubt it. The tour guides are extremely well informed and give a detailed historical account of the Poor Law Acts and the way paupers and vagrants were treated. Although the building designed to... More 

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Newport, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic place to visit and one which has enriched my life. I keep thinking back to the day we went and tell everyone to just go there! We weren't sure what was going to happen as we sat in the waiting room but this added to the unsettling feeling that we were taking part in a re-enactment... More 

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Thank magnificentoctopus
Charlotteville, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this review

WOW Thank you so much for such a great reciew. It is a much loved building despite the grim tales - It was close to demolition and we were told - "it is a time best forgotten". Thank you also for spreading the word about the Spike More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The volunteers who show you around and work hard to make it such an enjoyable visit are absolute gems. It is easy to find and has parking on the doorstep. Although not the full workhouse which was in Guildford originally. It is well worth a visit and gives an excellent insight into how it was for the temporary user. It... More 

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3 Thank pinkladie57
Charlotteville, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your super review, it would be good to host more groups at the Spike, we love doing tours accompanied by a lunch or high tea etc. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Learnt so much from some wonderful volunteers who were incredibly attentive and well informed! Good for all ages, my children loved it. They also host events through the year. Looking forward to bringing the kids along to their seaside extravaganza in July!

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1 Thank Alessandro S
Charlotteville, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and delighted your children "enjoyed" the experience. We love taking school groups round the Spike we have lots of activities such as "Crime and Punishment" "Needs and Wants" - if you speak to any teachers please do tell them. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having lived locally for over twenty years I can't believe that I had never heard of The Spike. It was a random internet search of local places of interest that led me to discover it and I am so glad that i did ! We parked easily and were greeted by Lesley a welcoming volunteer in costume, she invited us... More 

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1 Thank Carol S
Charlotteville, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review - it is wonderful that you found us - we will make sure the volunteers know they have another great review, it is an amazing building. More 

Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From start to finish a very fascinating place, the lady guide(Christine ?) was very good and knew her stuff, very interesting tour which showed the history of the Spike, and the way of life for the poor and needy. As well as the tour and history of the workhouse there is a exhibition showing the Spike when it was used... More 

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Charlotteville, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review. It means a lot to the volunteers. Why not come back with a group some time and have a tour followed by lunch or supper. We can easily arrange this unique experience. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Welcoming guides. Thanks you for the Interesting anecdotes. A short tour including the small cells, cramped workspaces, and literally the rock breaking work. Imparting a vivid sense of poverty, cold and the sheer grind of the lives of the poor, including both the deserving and the undeserving kind, after the poor law of 1834. We left with a greater appreciation... More 

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Thank Tony P
Charlotteville, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this review

thank you very much for taking the time to put in a response. Imagine life before the poor laws! More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Extremely interesting tour and exhibition. This is only a very small attraction but highly atmospheric. Well done to those who have kept this historic building for the public to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Guided by informed staff we were taken on a tour of this old workhouse. Conditions at the time for the homeless were very severe and we were given a fascinating insight into the harsh life this entailed.

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1 Thank Geoff R
Charlotteville, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for this super feedback. Hope you come again, perhaps with some friends and colleagues, we open especially for groups and offer refreshments, lunches and suppers More 

Farnham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

We'd never heard of a spike, a slang term for the workhouse, and certainly didn't know part of what was once a large workhouse site exists largely unchanged and can still be visited in Guildford. The Spike is tucked away on the NW side of Guildford. Visiting is easy - there's plenty of parking - and tours are conducted by... More 

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Thank RoAnJa
Charlotteville, Manager at Spike Heritage Centre, responded to this review

thank you for your feedback, we are delighted you found the trip to the Guildford Spike rewarding. There was a minor error in your writing the Spike wasn't stopped 100 years ago it was actually still in use in 1962. compulsory tasks of work - Stone breaking, oakum picking, wood chopping etc stopped in 1929. The Spike you visited was... More 

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