Guildford Guidebook
Day time / family activities

“Guildford offers visitors a huge variety of shops, stores and businesses to choose from.  From art and jewellery to cool funky brands and modern games and technology…. from beautiful boutiques to bustling markets and from smart ‘covered’ shopping centres to small independent stores– For inspiration at any time of year - visit Guildford today and make a day of it!”

Monday to Saturday 9am - 6pm

Thursday 9am - 8pm

Text taken from the Guildford Town Centre Management Group’s website,

Odeon Cinema

Odeon Guildford, Bedford Road, Surrey, GU1 4SJ

“Odeon is the largest cinema chain in the UK, with over one hundred cinemas. Odeon entertain more people in the UK than any other cinema chain accounting for nearly a third of all tickets sold in the UK. Founded in 1930 by Oscar Deutsch, ODEON was acquired in 1941 by J Arthur Rank who had interests in film production and distribution. ODEON remained a part of The Rank Organisation for a further 58 years. An extensive re-branding campaign in 1998 further re-enforced ODEON's position as market leader in the UK and introduced "Fanatical About Film" to the UK cinema-goer. The re-branding and refurbishment campaign culminated in the £3million upgrade of the flagship cinema, the ODEON Leicester Square.”

Text and image taken from Odeon’s website,

Friary Shopping Centre

Friary Shopping Centre: North Street  City Centre, Guildford GU1 4YT

“Visit The Electric Theatre for some of the best entertainment in town! Our Café Bar & Riverside Terrace remains the perfect place in Guildford to enjoy a morning coffee, lunch, evening meal or interval drink, especially during the spring and summer months.”

“The theatre is housed in a former electricity works which used to provide power to Guildford town centre. The works lay dormant from 1968 until the building’s potential as a theatre was recognised; 1997 saw the opening of The Electric Theatre in the converted premises. The Theatre is funded and managed by Guildford Borough Council using professional staff with physical and financial support from volunteers. The Electric Theatre has become a major regional attraction, hosting a youth theatre and festivals such as the Guildford Book Festival and the International Music Festival which alternates years with the Guildford Spring Music Festival.”

Text and image taken from  Guildford Borough Council’s website, and the Electric Theatre Wikipedia page.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre: Millbrook, Guildford, London, Surrey, GU1 3UX

“Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, under the Directorship of James Barber, is a busy producing and receiving house creating shows in Guildford and touring nationally with many transferring to the West End. On both the Main Stage and in the Mill Studio an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary work is staged by new, lesser-known and established writers. Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre opened its doors in 1965 as a proud memorial to the much loved French actress who had made her home in Effingham Common, and whose warmth, humour and talent gave her an unrivalled position on the English stage for nearly fifty years.”

Text and image taken from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s website,

Electric Theatre

Electric Theatre: Onslow St, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SZ

Watts Gallery

Watts Gallery: Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1DQ

“George Frederic Watts was one of the most celebrated artists of his day. His later work influenced pioneers of modern art including the young Picasso and Mondrian...The Watts Gallery was to be not only a monument to Watts’s formidable oeuvre of painting and sculpture, but also a practical resource for local people." Andrew Graham-Dixon - The Daily Telegraph

“A hidden treasure in Compton in Surrey, stuffed with huge allegorical paintings and sparkling portraits by George Frederic Watts that were the talk of Victorian society.” Maev Kennedy The Guardian

Text and image taken from the Watts Gallery’s website,

“Set in a series of historic buildings just a couple of minutes walk from Guildford High Street, the Museum is full of charm and interest.

Browse our displays of archaeology, local history and textiles, learn about Guildford’s links with celebrities such as Lewis Carroll and Gertrude Jekyll, visit our changing exhibitions (there’s always something new to see) and the gift shop for a range of local history books, unusual gifts and cards.”

Mondays to Saturdays, 11am - 5pm.

Open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Text taken from  Visit Surrey’s website, Image taken from, taken by Colin Smith.

Guildford Museum

Guildford Museum: Castle Arch, Guildford, GU1 3SX

“GuilFest is an independent music and arts festival held in the beautiful surroundings of Stoke Park, Guildford. […] Famed for its fantastically eclectic line ups and fun and friendly atmosphere, GuilFest offers a weekend of great live musical entertainment set across 8 stages, crossing all genres – there really is something for everyone! As well as live music, there is comedy, theatre, arts and crafts, all sorts of other entertainment. With its MASSIVE 150 foot beer tent serving our very own GuilFest bitter, Calypso cocktail bar, Comedy Zone, Theatre tent, Dance tent, extensive KidZone and much much more, GuilFest caters for young and old alike - for local visitors or families wanting to just come for the day, or for the whole weekend for a 3 day mini holiday! Guildford's outdoor swimming Lido and Spectrum Leisure Centre on either side of the festival grounds offer easy breaks from the main festival site with a refreshing swim as well as a showering opportunity for the campers.”

Text and image taken from Guilfest’s website,

Stoke Park

Stoke Park: London Road, Guildford, Surrey, Guildford, GU1 1TU

“Stoke Park is Guildford's largest and best-known park, and is described by local people as "the lungs of Guildford". It is an extremely diverse and well-used green space with over 52 hectares of leisure facilities. The park is multi-functional, with year round sports pitches, woodland areas, and formal gardens with a boating pond, paddling pool; children's play area, tennis courts and putting green. There is indoor and outdoor bowls, a trim trail paid for by a BIG Lottery grant and a very popular skate park.The Park also provides a space for large events such as the Surrey County Show, The Firework Fiesta, Race for Life and GuilFest.”

Text and image taken from Guildford Borough Council’s website,


Guilfest: London Road, Guildford, Surrey, Guildford, GU1 1TU

Guildford Boat House

Guildford Boat House: Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3XJ

“Whether you take a rowing boat for an hour or two, enjoy an effortless River Trip with friends (and perhaps a meal on board)

or relax thoroughly for a few days or more on a holiday narrowboat, everyone can relax on the River Wey. The Wey flows into the Thames only a day or so away at Weybridge, so depending on the length of your holiday, you can enjoy the grandeur of the "Royal River" as well as the intimacy of the River Wey.”

Surrey Hills Llamas

Surrey Hills Llamas: The Merry Harriers, Hambledon, GU8 4DR

“Imagine having your very own llama for a day walking in the outstanding natural beauty of the Surrey Hills, with it's unique flora, fauna and history. Our gentle and friendly llamas will carry your picnic as you lead them through the spectacular North Downs from the high points of which you can see as far as the English Channel. Surrey Hills Llamas give you the opportunity of a truly unforgettable experience.”

Text and image taken from Guilford Boat House’s website,

Text and image taken from Surrey Hills Llamas’ website,

Odeon Cinema

Sunday 11am - 5pm

Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Electric Theatre Watts Gallery Guildford Museum Stoke Park Guilfest Guildford Boat House Surrey Hills Llamas
Friary Shopping Centre