Book a ceremony
Guildford Register Office, also known as Artington House is available for the following ceremonies:
- Marriage or civil partnership ceremony
- Civil partnership to marriage conversion
- Ceremony to renew your vows
- Naming ceremony
Bookings are taken strictly on a first come, first served basis. You can request a call from our ceremonies office by completing our:
Our ceremonies office will then check availability and will contact you by telephone within two working days.
Artington House 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.
- The main ceremony room accommodates a maximum of 48 people. It is furnished in blue and cream Regency style, with beautiful candle and pendant-style chandeliers.
- The smaller ceremony room accommodates 15 guests and is decorated in the same style as the main ceremony room.
- The ground floor has a general reception area with disabled facilities, and a waiting area for guests.
- The garden has a rose arbour, a terrace and stone garden furniture.
- Steps descend to the car park for guests and a further car parking is available on Saturdays at the front of the house.
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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.