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On this page you will find all kinds of information that will help you plan and make the most out of your visit to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Below you will find our FAQ’s, how to find us, accessibility information and the latest menu’s for the restaurant and café.

Frequently asked questions

Where is the nearest car park?

The nearest car park is 100 yards south of the theatre on the A281 (Horsham Road). Parking is £1.20 an hour during the day and £1 per evening visit (6pm – 10pm). Full information about parking can be found in the right hand column on this page.

How much are the Restoration Levy and booking fee?

A Restoration Levy is added to the price of each ticket that we sell to support the on-going programme of essential maintenance at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. The Levy is £1 for Main Stage shows and 50p for Mill Studio productions. It applies to all performances and to all full price, concession and online ticket sales.

A booking fee of 50p is applied to all tickets.

What time is the Box Office open?

The Box Office is open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm, 10am to 6pm when there is no evening performance.

What time does the restaurant open?

Our restaurant opens from 6pm when we have performances, and remains open until the curtain rises. On matinee days, usually a Thursday and Saturday, the restaurant opens from midday. The café opens from 10am Monday to Saturday and serves hot food from midday.

Accessibility information

There are a limited number of seats in Row F of the stalls for people who are disabled and their companion, available at every performance on the Main Stage. The disabled person is entitled to £5 off the price of their ticket and their companion will receive a ticket free of charge. These seats will be available to book from the date general bookings open until two weeks prior to the performance, subject to availability.

Wheelchair access

In the Main House there is space for two wheelchairs in the auditorium, with level access. A wheelchair can be borrowed if required. The disabled person is entitled to £5 off the price of their ticket and their companion will receive a ticket free of charge – please book in advance with the Box Office. An accessible WC is on the ground floor and there is a lift from the ground and top floor. There is level access to the café, the restaurant and via the lift to the Circle Bar and the Belvedere Room (part of the Vanbrugh Club). In the Mill Studio there is space for up to eight wheelchair users via a ramp.

Hearing impairment

Both the main house and the Mill Studio have the Sennheiser infra red sound enhancement system. Headsets can be borrowed from the Usher's desk. They can be used with aural or post-aural aids.

Sign language interpretation

Where possible we arrange British Sign Language interpreted performances - details will be listed on individual show pages.

Stagetext® captioned performances

Stagetext® Captioned Performances are arranged where possible. In captioning, the words appear on a screen at the same time as they are sung or spoken. This enables people with hearing loss to understand fully.

Visual impairment

An informal talking brochure of each season of events and large print event information is available on request from the Box Office. Guide dogs are welcome, please advise the Box Office when booking so they can provide you with an appropriate aisle seat in the auditorium. Where possible we arrange audio-described performances and touch tours of the set - details will be listed on individual show pages.

  • Food and drink

    A great place to have a drink or dinner before a show.

How to find us

The main entrance to the theatre is just off the A281 Horsham Road heading south out of Guildford town centre. The entrance is next to Debenhams department store, just beyond the traffic lights. We are a 7 minute walk from Guildford mainline train and bus stations.

Parking

There are two disabled parking spaces immediately outside the main entrance. A large public car park is situated 100 yards south of the theatre on the A281 (Horsham Road). Parking is £1.10 an hour during the day and £1 per evening visit (6pm - 10pm). Please arrive in good time on matinee days as it does get busy. There are also several disabled spaces available. Patrons can be dropped off at the theatre’s main entrance first if necessary. Additional parking can be found just off the B3100 Farnham Road, a 10 minute walk from the theatre.

Park and ride

In addition to the numerous car parks found in Guildford, the town also operates a comprehensive Park and Ride system which may help with your visit to the theatre, especially on busy matinee days. There are four sites on the outskirts of Guildford from which you can use the park and ride scheme. All park and ride buses will bring you to the Friary Shopping Centre in the town centre, a five minute walk from the theatre. For weekday evening performances you can use the park and ride from the Spectrum Leisure Centre (last bus back at 11:10pm). For Thursday and Saturday matinees you can use either Artington, on the A3100 Old Portsmouth Road or Merrow, on the A246 Epsom Road (last bus back to each site is 7:30pm). Additionally, on Saturdays only, there is park and ride from Ladymead (last bus back 6:00pm).

For further information and up to date fares, please visit Guildford Borough Council's website.