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Welcome to the YMCA

YMCA Guildford has a long history in the town, and for more than 20 years has provided safe housing for young people in the Bridge Street hostel along with bed and breakfast accommodation, conferencing and restaurant facilities. Youth work projects previously based at Plantation in Market Street have now moved into the new youth venue, The Basement, thanks to the remarkable financial support of many local people.

The latest development (as of 1 April 2014) is the merger between the former Guildford and Sussex Central YMCAs to form the new YMCA DownsLink Group. This new organisation has a spread across areas of Surrey and Sussex and the name is derived from the Downs Link that runs from Guildford through Horsham down to the south coast at Shoreham. Look out for a new cycling event, the Tour de Y, in September which which will highlight the route of the Downs Link.

Here is a message from David Standing, CEO of the newly formed YMCA DownsLink Group

What's new at YMCA Guildford?

On Sunday 21 September theYMCA's own cycling event, the Tour De Y will follow the Downs Link route to raise money and awareness of our work. It’s an easy path – fairly flat but for those who can’t manage the whole way there are half-route options. For more details including entry, sponsorship forms and volunteering contact

Do you have an unwanted bike? Our Bike Project is seeking cycles for refurbishment by young people. Bikes can be in any condition – those in a terrible state can always be broken down for parts. We are happy to come and collect the bikes from almost anywhere. Call Sam on 07887 802679 or email


Staying at the YMCA

Did you know that there are 112 bedrooms at our Bridge Street hostel? And although 'YMCA' stands for Young Men's Christian Association you don't have to be young, male or even have a faith to stay here.
Over recent years many of our hostel bedrooms have been refurbished to include en suite facilities and upgraded fittings. This ongoing improvement of accommodation further enhances the 4 stars already awarded to the hostel by VisitEngland. Rooms can be booked by calling 01483 532555.
Within minutes of the railway and bus stations, and Guildford town centre, where better to stay?

Make an online Booking enquiry here

Recent feedback:

"Excellent accommodation. Pleasantly surprised. Excellent as next to train, close to university (easy to walk) and easy to walk around town."
September 2014

Do visit our webpage featuring local attractions. Whether you live in Guildford or are visiting us soon, we hope this will help to make your stay more interesting.

YMCA prayer booklet

We produced a booklet for our Prayer Week that can be downloaded here and used through the year. We need prayer! If you would lke to receive a monthly email of further items for prayer please let us know here.

Help Support Life Change

YMCA Guildford aims to serve the local community, in particular young people, by providing a caring environment, building relationships and encouraging the development and personal growth of the individual. Projects include counselling, working with young people who have been excluded from school, social enterprise schemes, and providing housing.