Guildford House is an extremely rare example of a Restoration town house, described by Simon Jenkins in his book England’s 1000 Best Houses as "a spirited work of 1660". As well as being an architectural gem, it is a well-used

and well-loved art gallery.


The Friends of Guildford House offer a series of fascinating afternoon and evening art lectures at Guildford’s atmospheric Guildhall from October through to April each year. We also organise visits to exhibitions and to places of interest in southern England throughout the year.

To commemorate the first fifty years of the Friends of Guildford House, Iris Hawkins has prepared a short paper on our history. To download the paper, click here FiftyYears of FOGH


We welcome new members so if you are interested in art and want to support Guildford's heritage, why not join us?


The annual subscription for 2023 - 2024 is £15 per member. If you would like to join as a new member starting this year, please download and complete FOGH New Member Application Form

Membership forms are also available from:


     Guildford House Gallery,

     155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ

     Telephone 01483 444751



For more on the House and Gallery, visit


Registered Charity Number 1032180

About Us


The Friends of Guildford House is a registered charity whose aims are: the advancement of public education in the arts, in particular through the promotion, support, assistance and improvement of the Guildford House Art Gallery; and to promote Guildford House as a building of historic interest and to support permanent public access.

We therefore seek to:

  • Stimulate interest in the Borough’s exhibitions.

  • Give financial support to any exhibitions of specific local interest

  • Assist in purchasing works for Guildford House.

  • Issue a newsletter with details on exhibitions, lectures and visits.

  • Maintain contact with other local societies interested in the visual arts.

  • Organise visits to exhibitions and historic houses.

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