Guildford Museum is a small charming local museum in a higgledy-piggledy old building with archeological, social history and local trades exhibits. One room is full with a model railway of Guildford station from the 20s, there are items on Gertrude Jekyll and Lewis Carroll who lived in the area. I enjoyed the textiles - samplers, smocked dress and embroidery, even a crochet book for a shilling, sadly under glass.
Walking up the cobbled High Street, you can't fail to notice the clock of the Elizabethan Guildhall. It is on the site of a medieval Guildhall from the 1300s, Queen Elizabeth I visited in 1589. I couldn't visit, however, as it is only open on Sundays at the moment but in August the public will be able to visit during the week.
A little bit further up the High Street is the Tourist Information Office which has a real secret. Guildford House is a 1660 house that originally belonged to the Childe family. John Childe was a London Attorney and purchased the land between the Crown Inn and the Castle Inn plus buildings including a barn and stables in 1659 for £100. He married Olive and they had three children - John, Leonard and Olive.
Nowadays though, the house upstairs is an Art Gallery with ever changing exhibitions. The rooms are beautiful, the staircase a treat and even the glass in the windows is of the old wibbly wobbly kind.
Downstairs in the basement is a lovely cafe that leads out to the courtyard and marquee and next time I will definitely stop here for my refreshments. There is also a craft shop selling cards and all sorts of handmade items, I particularly liked their felt creations. I can't believe I've never been here before!
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It is still used today as private housing, but tours take place on certain days between May and September at 11 am. I will have to do this next time!
There is still one more post about Guildford to come!
See you soon.
Thanks for visiting.