Coronavirus: Important information
Surrey will move into Tier 2 of the government's restrictions on Wednesday 2 December 2020.
Marriages and Civil Partnerships will be able to take place with a maximum of 15 people (where possible with social distancing). This maximum number includes the couple and guests but does not include anybody working at the ceremony e.g. registrars or photographer.
For Surrey Register Offices, with social distancing, the following applies:
- Guildford - Artington House six guests and the couple
- Leatherhead - The Mansion six guests and the couple
Weybridge - Rylston four guests and the couple
Guildford Register Office, also know as Artington House, offers the following ceremonies:
- Marriage or civil partnership ceremony
- Civil partnership to marriage conversion
- Ceremony to renew your vows
- Baby welcoming ceremony
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.