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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. Our new cycling event, the Tour de Y, took place in September, highlighting 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?

Don't wait to make your New Year resolutions! Resolve to book a space for your meeting with us and save 50% on room hire for the month of January! Find out more about our conference facilites here.

The YMCA in Bridge Street, Guildford opened its doors in September 1989 - 25 years ago. In celebration we are holding a Celebration Meal for invited guests, and we are delighted that Denise Hatton, CEO of YMCA England also attended.

Three members of staff have been at the Y since 1989. Ian Barrow (Maintenance Manager), Jean Ludgate (Finance) and Tim Rice (Catering) have now all served the YMCA for 25 years. Congratulations to them!


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:

"Peaceful and great quality, well placed in Guildford. I'll recommend this place."
January 2015

"Very relaxing and comfortable."
January 2015

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.

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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.