Quaintly picturesque and brimming with tales from the past, historic Guildford - the gateway to the Swan Valley - will delight with its stunning sights and remarkable stories.
With its colonial buildings, convict history, antique stores, character pubs and village charm, Guildford, which is classified as a historic town by the National Trust of Australia (WA), truly has the feel of a bygone era.
Guildford was one of three towns established during the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829 and has been preserved beautifully. Today, visitors can enjoy a host of walk trails around Guildford that showcase the loveliness and history of the town. The River Ramble passes the historic Rose and Crown Hotel (built in 1841) and Padbury’s Store (1869), while the Stirling Square incorporates the best of the Meadow Street precinct including the Guildford Gaol (1841), the Courthouse (1866) and Taylor’s Cottage. There’s also the Captain Stirling Walk and the Town Walk to enjoy.
Feeling peckish? Glorious Guildford is filled with some seriously good restaurants, pubs and cafés including an award winning ice creamery, the iconic Alfred's Kitchen, historic pubs, tapas, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, modern Australian fare and tea rooms offering tasty treats.
Shopaholics will love the James Street antique strip, which offers a colossal range of vintage and second-hand wares outside Perth. You’ll also discover specialty gift shops, galleries, premium garden centres, chic furniture and clothing stores.
Visit the Guildford Heritage Festival
Not-to-be-missed! The annual Guildford Heritage Festival celebrates the rich history of this colonial market town. Held in autumn, join locals at this free, family fun-filled day and gain an insight and appreciation of Guildford’s historical significance and contribution to the development of colonial and modern-day Perth.
Check out Guildford's ANZAC Heritage
Learn more about Guildford's fascinating ANZAC heritage, an initiative of the Guildford Association. Locate ANZAC homes within the Guildford townsite and access an online database that allows you to search for specific servicemen and discover more about their lives and war records.