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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.

Here is a message from Pete Brayne, Guildford YMCA CEO

And here's our official information from the Charity Commission website.

Our Capital Appeal has been raising £430,000 to improve and extend our facilities for young people. The building work is now complete and our youth work department has completed their move and projects are up and running again.

Donations are still welcome as there is a shortfall of more than £30,000. However we are deeply indebted to all those who contributed to the amazing sum raised to date* - a total of


* last update 13.03.14
** total includes Gift Aid where applicable and a grant of £50,000 awarded by The Henry Smith Charity. Also includes £16,433 raised through Showtime and £100,000 pledged from YMCA Guildford reserves.


What's new at YMCA Guildford?

Our 2014 London Marathon runner Leanne Wall continues to train with dedication! Check out her progress with training and fundraising.

The Sleep£asy Sleepout took place on Saturday 1st February at Watts Gallery. Congratulations to our 11 volunteer 'rough sleepers' and we hope you're enjoying a warm glow of satisfaction - both for completing the challenge and for raising vital funds. We are delighted that to date a total of £12,000 has been raised. Thank you for each and every donation! Every pound will be wisely spent to benefit local young people. For more about the Sleepout click here

Our youth work department has a new name - The Basement. Well they are located in the basement of the building! It's great to see a Prince's Trust Team using the project room and Catering Plus making the most of the cafe space and new kitchen facilities.



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 the last couple of years we have been refurbishing many of our hostel bedrooms to install en suite facilities and upgrade the fittings. This ongoing improvement of accommodation further enhances the 4 stars already awarded to the hostel by VisitBritain. 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 a Booking enquiry here


Recent feedback:

"I felt like I was at home for all my time spent here!"
December 2013

"The room in YMCA is worthy of praise, sitting in the centre of Guildford. It's really convenient for travel and shopping."
December 2013

"Very comfortable. Friendly, helpful atmosphere. Thank you!"
November 2013

"Very positive. The staff were helpful, friendly and pleasant at all times, making one feel welcome. Good room - I was lucky to have a splendid view, and the meals, breakfast in particular, were very good. I'll be back!"
October 2013

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 Guildford Newsletter - Winter 2013

Here is our winter newsletter - with news of the changes taking place in the basement at the Bridge Street hostel. All exciting stuff.

We also 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.