Although there are very few stained-glass windows, the structure makes good use of light, and where stained glass does exist, it often produces impressive coloured light displays on the light walls.
Visitors can obtain advice and information about the building, and be directed to the free ‘self-guide’ leaflets, that enable visitors to tour the cathedral and its ground at their own pace, from any of the volunteer ‘greeters’ on duty in the cathedral.
In the 1950s a "buy a brick" scheme was used to raise funds for construction, to great success.
Designed by Sir Edward Maufe and built between 19, it is the seat of the Bishop of Guildford.
The Diocese of Guildford was created in 1927, covering most of Surrey. The Cathedral Committee chose Sir Edward Maufe as its architect and the foundation stone was laid by Dr Cosmo Gordon Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1936.
Such was the public enthusiasm for the cathedral that 1500 kneelers were also hand-made by local supporters.
Since its consecration the cathedral has played a central role in Guildford, far beyond being just a place of worship.
Each brick cost 2s 6d and entitled the buyer to sign their name on the brick.