Guildford Cathedral

Open to God | Open to All

About us

Guildford Cathedral is proud to be the People’s Cathedral. Open for free 365 days a year, we are a sacred place of welcome, worship, inspiration and engagement for all.

When WWII stopped the building process with the Cathedral partially completed, there were fears that the building wouldn’t be completed, and even talks of tearing down what was already built. But in an incredible display of support, thousands of individual bricks were bought by members of the public and community groups. Even Queen Elizabeth II joined in a bought and signed a brick. These simple gifts started the journey of the People’s Cathedral.

That support has been rewarded with a Cathedral that stands strong on Stag Hill, an instantly recognisable symbol of Guildford that can be seen from miles away, a symbol of hope and a sign of homecoming. Inside is a place of light and peace, used as both a place of worship and as a venue for the local community. As you walk through the doors, the natural light streams in and the open space creates an atmosphere of stillness for all visitors. It is a space made possible by the people and used for the people.

This incredible building stands as a testament to what’s achievable when people pull together, from the passion, faith, and dedication to make this building happen in the 20th century, to today’s team who continue that dedication, faith, and mission to be Open to God, Open to All.

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