Spike Heritage Centre

History & Heritage / Heritage Centres

  • heritage@charlotteville.co.uk
  • Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3JH
  • 01483 598420

Built in 1838 the Guildford Union Workhouse housed the the forgotten classes of Edwardian England the poor, the infirm, the ill and the destitute.

Indoors Attraction

Family Friendly Attraction

Accessible in some areas

Dogs Not allowed

Opening Times

Tuesdays and Saturdays

10am to 5pm

(Please check we are open in the winter months before travelling)


Adults: £6

Children (5-16) & Concessions: £5

Under 5: Free


Spike Heritage Centre
Spike Heritage Centre
Spike Heritage Centre

More Information


  • See a working cell and what a vagrant had to do to earn his keep. 
  • Explore the lives of the Spike inmates and ‘types’ that stayed here
  • Learn about the treatment of the homeless, past and present
  • Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Casual’s Ward


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