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Guildford Register Office as a ceremony venue

Coronavirus: Important information

Please read the following information before progressing:

Death registrations: All death registrations are now carried out by a telephone appointment. You do not need to attend the register office in person. For more information see our death registration guidance.

Marriage and Civil Partnerships: Marriages and civil partnerships can take place in Surrey from 6 July 2020. We currently have a high volume of ceremony booking changes to deal with. New ceremony enquiries can be submitted from Monday 13 July 2020. Please see our marriage and civil partnerships guidance for further details.

Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership: If you have a marriage or civil partnership booked to take place in the next 3 months and you are a Surrey resident, you can book your notice appointment at Guildford, Leatherhead or Weybridge Register Offices from Monday 6 July 2020.

Birth registrations: Appointments are now available to book at Guildford, Leatherhead and Weybridge Register Offices. We are looking forward to seeing you but we have a large backlog of births to register, so please bear with us as we try to offer as many appointments as is safely possible.

New parents can register their baby with a GP practice without a birth certificate.

Claims for Child Benefit and Universal Credit can be made before you register the birth. Visit the Child Benefit and Universal Credit pages for details on how to make a claim.

Certificates: We are currently running a limited service and are only able to process copy certificate applications that are essential, such as for legal proceedings, job recruitment etc. We can issue a maximum of five certificates per person. Please do not apply for certificates for the purposes of family history research at this time. If you require certificates for other purposes, please contact the General Register Office who should be able to supply certificates for you.

Citizenship ceremonies: We will be contacting those citizens that have been affected by the lockdown from the 6 July 2020 to discuss your citizenship arrangements.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

  • Exterior of Guildford Register Office
  • Large ceremony room at Guildford Register Office
  • Small ceremony room at Guildford Register Office
  • Exterior of Guildford Register Office
  • Large ceremony room at Guildford Register Office
  • Small ceremony room at Guildford Register Office

Our ceremonies

Guildford Register Office, also know as Artington House, offers the following ceremonies:

Our interior and grounds

This south-facing house is set in its own grounds in a semi-rural situation on the outskirts of Guildford. The interior of the house still retains some of its original features, including several fireplaces and offers a very desirable ceremony suite.

  • Number of rooms: 1
  • Capacity: Couple and 6 guests.
  • Parking: There is a car park for guests and a further car parking is available on Saturdays at the front of the house.
  • Ceremony room: The large ceremony room is furnished in blue and cream Regency style, with beautiful candle and pendant-style chandeliers..
  • Ground floor: The ground floor has a general reception area.
  • Garden: The garden has a rose arbour, a terrace and stone garden furniture.


  • Facilities for people with disabilities are on the ground floor.
  • Steps descend to the car park for guests.


History of Artington House

It is one of eight houses built in the early 1860's by Richard Shepard, an insurance broker, on land purchased from William Elkins, a brewer and former three times Mayor of Guildford. It is a fine example of elegant mid-Victorian architecture, complete with gables and wisteria.

A large family home, former tenants have included a Colonel and an Assistant Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Surrey County Council acquired Artington House from Miss Marion Shepard on 14 March 1934 for the current use of the Registration Service.