Watts Chapel

Watts Chapel, Guildford

Watts Chapel
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,253 contributions
Aug 2021
Watts Chapel is a short walk down the road from the Watts Gallery and the 46 bus stop. It is well worth taking the guided tour as tis gives you the full story behind the chapel's design and construction. It was very much the personal project of Mary Watts, George Watts's second wife and the guide alerted us to many details we would not have noticed/understood the significance of, had we visited ourselves. The interior is particularly stunning, but the exterior design with its range of influences (from Graeco-Romano to Celtic to Arts ad Crafts) is striking too. In the surrounding cemetery there is a loggia devoted to the Watts, but you'll also finnd the family grave of Aldous Huxley.
Written August 15, 2021
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alison b
leatherhead24 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
Brilliant, entirely unique... A church like no other. No nave aisle altar and no jesus. Almost no god! A female space, with angels and cherubs, exquisite painting outside and incredible brickwork outside. An original treasure which holds its own against anything you will find in Europe. Also... Its free. And with luck you will be the only ones there.
Written January 18, 2020
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Flamingo64
London, UK48 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Stunning place. Tiny but mighty impact.
The intricate detail is breathtaking. The work is unlike anything seen before. The colours and pattern is fabulous. The outside is just as lovely and detailed.

Set in beautiful place. Cemetery is immaculate. Its well kept.

Some of the old gravestones are beautiful and match the brickwork of the chapel.
Written October 15, 2020
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Chrisgale
Sheffield, UK736 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
I have been before but every time the chapel is stunningly and you can sit and notice things you haven't seen before. It is free but you do need to pay for the gallery just down the road. Lovely place with shop and cafe, good parking. There are tours of the Watt's home at certain times so do check a its worth going. Lovely day out
Written November 2, 2021
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Wiltshireman62
living in Surrey213 contributions
Apr 2012 • Friends
Having set out to write my own review I now find I cannot do better than that from Roger1 a few days ago, down to his endorsement of the cheese scones at the Watts Gallery tea rooms, also praised by one of our party (though my wife and I stuck only to the strong Potters breakfast tea, having just lunched well at the Withies pub in the village). I would just add that if you are aiming to take internal photographs of this decorative gem be sure to bring a tripod, because with generally very low light (and to cope with strong lighting contrasts through the tall lancet windows on sunny days) you will need long exposures in the darker corners to pick up the detail of some of the craft-work that covers every inch of the interior. And since you would surely then want to make a donation to the restoration fund, if you are a UK taxpayer and want to make a Gift-aided donation but cannot find an envelope for this in the niche with the postcards etc. you can photograph the notice just inside the door with details of where to post your gift. Go there and be uplifted.
Written May 4, 2012
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barringtonbunterpat
Brighton and Hove, UK28 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
A visually unappealing red brick exterior hides an arts and crafts masterpiece inside. Prepare to be amazed. Free entry. A few of the external Yew trees are reported to be amongst the oldest in England. The caretakers could do to clean the cobwebs and dirt inside the building, mind you. A spiritual uplift for those who are happy to open their minds.
Written July 13, 2018
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MellorCJ
London16 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
This is a jewel hidden away at the top of a hill in a most peaceful graveyard. Small, intimate, quiet, I found it one of the most moving places I've visited recently. Sitting alone (it was early on a Sunday and the visitors were few and far between), as the sun drifted through the windows and splashed glorious beams of light all around the chapel, I was filled with emotion. This tiny chapel, built with love, passion, dedication and care, has a resonance all its own. It's a somewhere everyone should know about but no-one should be told about. A powerful place. A wonderful place.
Written May 28, 2014
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SiandDom
Guildford, UK23 contributions
May 2013 • Family
Lovely light lunches and afternoon tea and cakes with the rarebits being a favourite. Friendly and informal with walkers, lunching friends and families. Can get quite busy so make sure you arrive early for lunch if you are a larger party.
Written June 12, 2013
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Petroc1002
Guildford, UK76 contributions
Jun 2019
If you are visiting the amazing and newly refurbished Watts Gallery, you must pop in and see the Watts Chapel. This Art Nouveau/Celtic chapel is amazing. Well worth an extra half hour.
Written August 7, 2019
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CizH
Skerries, Ireland204 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Remarkable chapel, designed by Mary Watts and the work was carried out by local men and women. The hand made tiles are beautiful and intricate with symbolism and meaning. Please leave a donation as conservation needs to be carried out on this marvellous chapel.
Written August 1, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM