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Guildford Castle

Castle Grounds Cottage Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3TU, England
+44 1483 444751
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Ruined castle in stunningly beautiful grounds full of flowers

Besides some ruined walls and a large tower not much is left of the castle, but these remains are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
windmillfan
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Winterswijk, The Netherlands
Shakespeare in the Castle Keep

Visited the castle with my wife to see the Prankster's Theatre Company's production of The Taming... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Andrew C
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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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Visit Guildford Castle and head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Inside you'll find a model of the original castle circa 1300, and interpretation panels tracing its history to the present day. Opening times: April to Sept: 10am to 5pm daily (last admission 4.30pm). Oct and March: Saturdays and Sundays only, 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Castle Grounds are free to visit and open all year from 8am to dusk. The gardens feature spring and summer bedding displays, unique each year, Victorian bandstand and passageways, pond, 17th century bowls green and Alice Garden. Bands play each Sunday in summer 2pm to 4pm. The Gardens have been awarded a Green Flag Award.
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Castle Grounds Cottage Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3TU, England
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"band stand"
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"grounds are well maintained"
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"stunning gardens"
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"worth a visit"
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"lots of history"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Besides some ruined walls and a large tower not much is left of the castle, but these remains are located in grounds so beautifully kept with masses and masses of colourful flowers that it's an absolute joy to spend time here. From the elevation around...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited the castle with my wife to see the Prankster's Theatre Company's production of The Taming of the Shrew within the castle keep. Super, intimate and atmospheric venue, perfectly complementing the storyline. Seating is limited to just 50 people, so booking is certainly recommended. Cold...More

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle and gardens are located close to the centre of the town, and, weather permitting, make a great setting for a picnic lunch. The spring flowers were beautiful, and the construction of the castle, from its ruins, is fascinating.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truly excellent gardens that are very well maintained and really look the part, all credit to the gardening team. The castle is nice to visit and climb to the top of the tower for good views of the surrounding area. There is a pay and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is well worth a visit in Guildford, great keep which has been very well conserved with a new floor and roof in the last 10 years. Bits of the castle also scattered around the most beautiful gardens. There are steps into the castle, so...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2018

The nice experience starts at the ticket area, both thanks to the gentleman at the ticket desk and to the clear visuals of the history of the castle. Inside, the castle is very well restored with clear explanations of each room and area. It is...More

Thank Roberta F
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

Nice and charmy castle in the centre of Guildford. It was already closed when I arrived but I still had time to walk around its beautiful garden.

Thank Cynthia R
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Reviewed May 20, 2018

It is interesting to visit castle also inside, but carefully if you will go up on the 40 steps, because they are very narrow. Outside, around the castle, the ground gardens are simply the best.

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Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

As you can see by the picture, very well looked after gardens. Very picturesque. Plenty of people around reading books. 1 min walk from the town center, where their is loads of small cafes, pubs and shops. The view from the outside of the castle...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

Beautiful gardens and wonderful ancient castle right in the (almost) middle of Guildford town. Stunning views from the top looking across to Guildford Cathedral and the Downs.

Thank April R
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Sorry this is a bit belated, but I think the replies above have fully covered your query.
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Surely you mean Henry the second not the first?
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