We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Pretty gardens”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Guildford Castle

Guildford Castle
Ranked #4 of 64 things to do in Guildford
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Visit Guildford Castle and head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Inside you'll find a model of the original castle circa 1300, and interpretation panels tracing its history to the present day. Opening times: April to Sept: 10am to 5pm daily (last admission 4.30pm). Oct and March: Saturdays and Sundays only, 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Castle Grounds are free to visit and open all year from 8am to dusk. The gardens feature spring and summer bedding displays, unique each year, Victorian bandstand and passageways, pond, 17th century bowls green and Alice Garden. Bands play each Sunday in summer 2pm to 4pm. The Gardens have been awarded a Green Flag Award.
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pretty gardens”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Guildford castle isnt much to write home about but its gardens are beautiful in summer and surrounding area is quite picturesque

Visited September 2013
1 Thank AndreaUrbanFox
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

311 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Abingdon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“History but still close to town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

Beautify history 2mins from High street often missed by visitors. Steep slope if wheelchair user to some parts only. Has bowls on the green and occasional band stand in use. Alice through the looking glass statue down fairly hidden path near bowling green worth a look. Nice spot for picnic or reading or just time OT. Top of keep wonderful views around Guildford with small charge to enter.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Katie K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Surrey, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
71 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Watch the touch of Spring here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Pick a nice and sunny day to arrive with children. you will be amazed with the daffodil sea on the hill in April. They create a nice garden for summer, so visit frequently. Bring your camera, and a nice book, get to a bank and enjoy the afternoon!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Serra T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Woking, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
59 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Step back in history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Many years ago (perhaps too many for my liking) i visited this castle. Way back in the 70's and 80's it was a shell. However the pixies that rebuild castles have been at Guildford, and although it is only a small keep the floors and roofs have been put back into place, so the small admission fee is well worth the price when you can stand where king John did all those years ago, or climb to the top via a spiral staircase and view Guildford (which as towns go isn't to bad a place to view over). So when or if you are in Guildford just wander off the high street and pay this place a visit.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank HubertEgg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
barrie, Ontario
Level Contributor
82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Under Repair”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

The Guildford Castle was under repair when I visited. It seemed as though this would be something to definitely see when finished. Situated close to high street in Guildford it is not too far out of the way.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Matthew P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Guildford Castle also viewed


Been to Guildford Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing