About The Guildford Institute

Overseen by dedicated trustees, managed by an enthusiastic team and helped by wonderful volunteers, we ensure that Members and visitors have access to a variety of courses, talks, activities and resources. Discover more about The Guildford Institute below.

About us

For over 170 years, The Guildford Institute has been working for and with the local community. We have been based in our beautiful Grade II listed building since 1891. The building originally opened in 1880 as the Royal Arms Coffee Tavern and Temperance Hotel.

Our mission is to provide an educational, cultural and social community hub in the heart of Guildford offering a special place for people of all backgrounds to meet, learn and explore. We focus on bringing the best quality tutors, clubs, exhibitions, recitals and opportunities to local people and making our extensive resources fully available to everyone.

If you have not yet found us in our lovely building, we are always pleased to welcome new visitors. Why not drop in to our vegetarian and vegan restaurant and browse in our Reception and Library. There is something here for everyone.
Mike Adams, Trustee

Trustee Enquiry

We are currently actively seeking volunteers to join our Board of Trustees. We are looking for people with a variety of skills although particularly useful at the present time would be a Treasurer or someone with knowledge of buildings. If you are interested in hearing more, please contact us using the form below.

Annual Reports

You can access the latest Annual Report, Minutes of the AGM and our Strategic Plan by clicking on the links below: