The Guildford Hotel, Music Hall and Stables is of historical significance due to its association with the gold rush period and the subsequent development of the colony. It is illustrative of the development that took place in the town as a result of the gold rush and is significant as the sole survivor of a large number of hotels built during Guildford’s peak of development. The complex, in particular the music hall, played an important role in the life of the town as a community meeting place.
Other surviving examples of Gold Field Music Halls are the Star Theatre, Chiltern, 1865 and the former Royal Hotel and Theatre, Maldon, 1857.
The Guildford Music Hall is a rare surviving example of a goldfields theatre. It was added to the hotel in the 1860s and is still owned and run by the Guildford hotel to this day.
It was lovingly restored in 2003 by Guildford hotel owner Siro (Steve) Scopel, with some assistance from the Guildford community.