Visit our heritage sites for free this weekend

Historic buildings, idyllic landscapes and vibrant parks and gardens across Guildford are open to all from Friday 13 September until Sunday 15 September as part of the annual Heritage Open Days celebration, now in its 25th year.

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture and allows everyone a chance to explore hidden places and learn about local architecture and culture for free.

Lead Councillor for Leisure, Heritage and Tourism, Cllr James Steel says: "Heritage Open Days are a great opportunity to enjoy Guildford's rich history and architecture for free. It's a chance for all the family to learn about and experience some fantastic buildings and outdoor spaces, which you may not have visited before. We have so many beautiful venues in our borough from castles to cathedrals, you'll be spoilt for choice."

Abbots Hospital for HoD
Over 80 venues across the borough will be open to the public, including the Guildhall, Guildford Castle, Guildford Cathedral, the Great Barn in Wanborough, Abbot's Hospital (pictured) and Guildford House Gallery, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. 


To mark the occasion, Guildford House Gallery is currently running the People and Places exhibition until 22 September. The exhibition includes a series of six mini displays, based on a portrait or landscape (including some from the town's most famous portrait artist John Russell RA). Each display tells a story, often one that has a local link. The exhibition boasts some wonderful objects from the Guildford collections.

Cllr James Steel adds: "There are also plenty of excellent guided tours, walks, talks and activities on offer. There's something for everyone."

View online our  icon 2019 Heritage Open Days event brochure [4.46MB] or pick one up from Guildford Tourist Information Centre in the High Street. The event is coordinated locally by Guildford Borough Council, The Guildford Society and Guildford Town Guides and supported by Sanlam and Visit Guildford (Heritage).

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Published on Friday 13 September.