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Watts Chapel

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Address: Down Lane | Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1483 810235
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Landscape, art and remembrance are beautifully blended together in this...

Landscape, art and remembrance are beautifully blended together in this Grade I-listed building. Visitors are drawn to the bright red brick of this Arts & Crafts masterpiece. Up-close, the extraordinary design and decoration both fascinate and overwhelm all who venture up the winding yew tree paths.

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A great quirky place to visit best to incorporate the gallery as well as this won't take up much time. That said you can wander round the cemetery as well!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great quirky place to visit best to incorporate the gallery as well as this won't take up much time. That said you can wander round the cemetery as well!

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Thank Cinnamongirl56
Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Set up on a hill in quite a traditional looking, well kept, graveyard. Watts Chapel is a beautiful building worth a visit if you are in the local area.

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Thank Alastair T
Guildford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited the chapel many times over many years. Its a stunning example of what can come out of a small village community lead by a passionate, creative and committed woman.

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Thank a_j_bucknall
Dorking, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This chapel is an amazing structure and totally unique. Designed and built by Mary Watt. It is so unusual with the shape of the building, the terracotta tiles, the paintings and work of the interior. It is worth buying the Chapel Guide for the meanings to all of the paintings, flora and inscriptions. You could spend hours looking but its... More 

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Thank Jo M
Fareham
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's hard to believe this beautiful gem is hidden away in the Surrey countryside. An inspiring building which has to be seen and enjoyed.

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Thank FarehamJim
Guildford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Watts chapel is a mortuary chapel, which sounds dismal, but in fact it is both beautiful and inspiring. And it costs nothing to visit. It's creation was clearly a labour of love and the atmosphere in there can't fail to reach your soul. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever"; you will get a sense of eternity here, as... More 

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Thank Joan B
Surrey England
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223 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

It is a beautiful little chapel and well worth a visit. Read up on the story behind it before you go. It is worth visiting the nearby Watts Gallery at the same time.

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Thank Silverpablito
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Such an incredible and unique place. It is as lot cooler in real life than it looks in photos! A really unique attraction and managed to arrive at a time when noone else was around. Being in here is completely surreal. One of the best places to visit off the beaten track.

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Thank Nan327
Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Not only a chapel but a unique work of art, set in a rural landscape near Compton in Surrey. Check opening times with the nearby Watts Gallery prior to visiting.

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Thank kmw37a
Guildford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very unexpected & beautiful interior - & up close the outside is far more interesting than it looks from a distance. It is free to go in & a tiny chapel but not like anything else. Lovely colours & Pre-Raphaelite imagery & made by the local community led by Mary Watts.

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