Things To Do Around Guildford
Aug 03, 2021
Quaint and brimming with cultural charm, Guildford is a haven for history buffs, antiques fans and wine lovers. As one of only two towns in Perth on the National Trust Register, it has long drawn in visitors and residents. With its unique blend of the old and the new and enviable location on the banks of the Swan River, it’s easy to fall in love with the area. From shopping on James Street to exploring 19th century architecture, there’s a lot to discover around town.
Planning to visit or looking for ways to spend the day around Guildford? Explore our list below of the best things to see and do around Guildford.
Start your day at a cafe
Guildford has its own thriving local cafe scene which has made it popular with the weekend brunch crowd. You’ll find most options conveniently nestled between an eclectic collection of antique shops along the James Street cafe strip. Stop in and enjoy a cup of coffee and a breakfast made from fresh local produce before heading on your way to explore further afield.
Dr. Russel’s Imaginarium
Guildford, by all accounts, is an antiquer's heaven. Around town you’ll find an almost overwhelming number of antique stores to explore, but one that you simply must make time to see is Dr. Russel’s Imaginarium. Tucked away behind the bakery on James Street is the most amazing collection of vintage, art deco, enamel signs, garagenalia, retro, kitchenelia, radios, retro, tin toys and more. Everywhere you look inside, you’ll see something extraordinary. Part of the charm of this shop is Dr. Russel himself, who is deeply passionate about his collection of nostalgia. This place is one-of-a-kind and well worth a visit!
The Academy of Taxidermy
Looking for something weird and wonderful to do in Guildford? The Academy of Taxidermy is a great spot for some quirky fun. Their collection is more than 2000 items strong and tells a fascinating story about the natural history of the world. You’ll find everything from insects and a stuffed dog on display to life size dinosaurs around the museum.
Guildford Heritage Walk Trail
Take a self-guided tour through history along the Guildford Heritage Walk Trail and learn all about how the town came to be what it is today. Pick up a map at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre and follow it around to learn all about the colonial heritage of one of WA’s oldest and most culturally significant towns.
Taylor’s Cottage and Colonial Gaol
If you want to see what life was like back in the 19th century then you shouldn’t pass up a visit to Taylor’s Cottage. This incredibly well preserved workers cottage was once the home of the Taylor family. Close by you’ll also find the old Colonial Gaol which was a small lock-up built to deal with the rise in drunk and disorderly behaviour in Guildford back in the 1800s. The building is a great example of colonial architecture, stop in to take a guided tour.
Rose & Crown Hotel
If you’re still thirsty for more colonial architecture (and perhaps for a beer) after a morning of exploring local historical sites and antiques stores, then we suggest grabbing a table at one of Guildford’s many historical hotels for a hearty pub lunch. The Rose & Crown holds the impressive distinction of being the oldest operating hotel in WA, which in its own right is a compelling reason to pay it a visit, but it also happens to be a great spot to enjoy lunch. Book at the restaurant and soak up the stately surrounds of this historic hotel.
Guildford Twilight Markets
On the first Saturday evening of each month, head down to Stirling Square on Meadow Street to browse the wares of local vendors and enjoy a range of delectable foods and fun, free family activities at the Guildford Twilight Markets.
Founded in 1932, Guildford’s Garrick theatre is the longest running community theatre in Perth. Today it is still lively and active, running regular plays for people of all ages to enjoy. Book your tickets to their next show!
For art enthusiasts, Monet Gallery is a must-visit. The gallery is well-known amongst locals for showcasing a range of beautiful and affordable original works from local, emerging artists. Most work is available to purchase and the gallery sometimes host solo shows and exhibitions.
Picnic by the Helena River
Guildford is bordered by the banks of the Helena River, which is an excellent place to enjoy a picnic. You’ll find plenty of shady places along the lush green foreshore to relax or picnic tables and BBQ facilities at nearby Kings Meadow Reserve. Dip your toes in the cool waters and spend the day with family and friends under a gumtree, or a lazy afternoon fishing for black bream by the bridge.
Perth Polo Club
Fancy a game of polo? Guildford is home to Perth’s only public polo club and the oldest club in WA. They host regular games that social club members are welcome to come down and watch and regularly welcome new players.
Fish Market Reserve
Fish Market Reserve is a lovely little spot located on the banks of the Swan River. It’s a popular place for a picnic and also a great place to drop in a fishing line or to go canoeing. There’s a small jetty suitable for launching small boats, for those who want to travel upstream.
With its host of interesting historical sites, antique shops, pubs, restaurants and beautiful natural attractions, it’s easy to see why Guildford is one of Perth’s most popular places to visit - and why so many people choose to stay. Our list of things to do in Guildford is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything on offer in Guildford. Find out more about the lifestyle and get in touch with us to learn about the current land opportunities we have available.