Heritage Open Days

Guildford's Heritage Open Days has one of the biggest number of activities and events in the UK, giving visitors the opportunity to explore Guildford's fantastic architecture and culture.

Abbots Hospital Heritage open days
The event allows visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days also includes guided tours, activities, talks and exhibitions, focusing on local architecture and culture so there is always plenty to see and do.

Nationally the event in 2018 will take place over two weekends 6 to 9 and 13 to 16 September where organisers can choose to open on one or both weekends. This year the festival in Guildford has been confirmed to take place from 13 to 16 September and is sponsored by Thesis Asset Management.

Useful guides

Our icon event brochure [5.8MB] is available to download. A hard copy of the brochure will also be available from the Tourist Information Centre, High Street, Guildford and also from the Council Offices at Millmead from mid August.

Why not find out more about Effingham and download a copy of the icon Effingham Heritage Trail [2.03MB]  and also icon The Bishop's Walk [1.32MB]  which provides an opportunity to explore the area.

Amendments and cancellations 

Dapdune Wharf and Shalford Mill will now only open for free over the first weekend of Heritage Open Days (6 - 9 September).

Please note that the Dapdune Wharf to the Treadwheel Crane walk will take place on both Saturdays - 8 and 15 September.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

About Heritage Open Days

The event is coordinated locally by Guildford Borough Council, The Guildford Society and the Guildford Town Guides.

  • Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers.

  • Heritage Open Days is coordinated nationally by the National Trust with support from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

How you can get involved

If you own a property or represent an organisation within the borough and would like to get involved in Heritage Open Days, we would love to hear from you. Alternatively if you would like to volunteer to help steward participating properties, please get in touch by emailing managementsupport@guildford.gov.uk.