Guildford URC

An excellent example of good 1960s architecture with a large central octagonal sanctuary, a beautiful internal wooden roof and possibly the best views over the town.

Guildford, Surrey

Opening times

There is resident caretaker and the building is in use most days from 9am to 10 pm so access is generally available. However there is a key pad entry system so it is advisable to contact the caretaker before visiting.


Portsmouth Road

The church moved to its present site in 1966 from a huge Victorian building right in the centre of Guildford. The site had previously been a doctor’s family house and surgery with a good sized garden but limited frontage width. To cope with this the architect created an octagonal sanctuary within and rising from a larger octagon containing rooms for church activities.

The sanctuary is lit by windows of coloured glass at roof level above the surrounding rooms. When lit at night these make the building appear as a lantern to Guildford.

The interior is simple but elegant. The organ was originally a Forster & Andrews in the old church, with major enhancements by Binns in1913, It was transferred to the present building and has been substantially improved then and since. It has about 2,000 pipes which makes an impressive back west wall to the sanctuary.

Recently a rather unwelcoming front vestibule has been enlarged and opened up to give a clear view of the sanctuary from outside. This and the addition of a small kitchen has enabled activities to take place in a an area easily accessible to all.

As the church sits half way up a hill on the east side of the town, from the church hall at the back of the sanctuary with huge windows there is a magnificent view over Guildford towards the Castle Keep and other old buildings in the town centre on the opposite side of the river.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Captivating architecture

  • Wifi

  • Space to secure your bike

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Sunday services are held at 10.30am except on the fourth Sunday of most months when there is an informal Family Church service at 4pm which includes tea. On the first Saturday of each month at 4pm, jointly with St Nicholas our local parish church, Messy Church.

  • The church runs a coffee morning for dementia sufferers and their carers and an indoor Bowls club on a weekly basis and on a monthly one a lunch club and a film club.

  • In July or August, there is a holiday a Holiday at Home for older people and a Holiday Club for children of junior school age.

  • A Church Music Society holds regular concert but professional musicians, including quite a number which use either the organ or our fine Bechstein piano.

  • United Reformed Church

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