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St. Mary's Guildhall

Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Well maintained and well worth a visit

This is a really intersting example of an historic Guildhall with some extra rooms off it. Very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gyll2016
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Coventry, United Kingdom
wonderful old building

I was so surprised when I entered this building I was not expecting such a wonderful little place... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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St. Mary's Guildhall is one of the finest surviving medieval guildhalls in England, and has been one of Coventry's premier historic venues for more than 600 years. First built in the 1340s for the merchant guild of St. Mary, with its magnificent medieval interiors, and fine artworks the Guildhall offers a window into Coventry's glorious past. Once a prison to Mary, Queen of Scots, and even a playhouse where Shakespeare is thought to have performed, the Guildhall provides a fascinating free experience for all ages, at the historic heart of the city. St. Mary's Guildhall also offers a memorable venue for weddings, meetings, conferences and private functions, whilst in the vaulted undercroft beneath the Great Hall is the atmospheric Godiva's cafe, offering tasty, good value snacks and refreshments.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
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+44 24 7683 3328
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really intersting example of an historic Guildhall with some extra rooms off it. Very colorful stained glass windows,

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, much appreciated

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so surprised when I entered this building I was not expecting such a wonderful little place. The tapestries and wonderful and the one with the first portrait of Richard iii is stunning. The staff are so helpful. It was very interesting to see...More

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review, delighted that you enjoyed your visit

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing place, the structure is beautiful and the history is very interesting. the rooms that held all that history was amazing to think about who had actually been there all that many years ago.

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow indeed WonderWoman. Absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth taking a walk through the rooms of this old building and reading about the history attached to it.

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review, delighted you enjoyed your visit

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lived in Coventry all my life and it is only over the past couple of years I have visited here as my friends have chosen to get married here. Have to say it is breath taking. The room is full of history, grand in size....More

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review Katy. The Guildhall is quite tucked away, but definitely worth searching out as you discovered. Delighted that you managed to visit this treasure on your doorstep

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right next to the Cathedral is the guildhall with it's impressive main hall, tapestries and stained glass windows. Lots of rooms to explore alongside the history, such as the treasury may have once housed the crown jewels. Free to enter with information in each room.

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Really pleased you enjoyed your visit Nicola, and discovered the treasures and stories that lie within

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

Fascinating and beautiful building a real gem and full of history. well worth a visit. Cafe / bistro is very good. I got married in this building ten years ago. A great venue for the ceremony and the reception.

1  Thank Pete K
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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Many thanks for your review Pete, taking the time and trouble is much appreciated

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Reviewed 1 July 2018

St Mary’s guild hall is worth a visit when in Coventry. The guildhall is at the back of Coventrys old cathedral down a narrow cobbled street, Coventrys apprentices are given there freeman’s certificate there and have been for centuries. The hall dates back 700 years....More

2  Thank Hugh M
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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thank you for your review Hugh, delighted that you enjoyed your hour at the Guildhall. You can also find us by looking out for the finger posts nearby, or picking up a city centre map from the tourist information centre

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Visit this place to get a taste of what Coventry city centre must have looked like before the Nazis ripped it apart. It's remarkable that such a place should have survived the carnage. It's a real gem and a pleasure to walk through its old...More

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Many thanks for taking the time to review Stephen. Indeed the Guildhall is a remarkable survivor from the past, and so pleased that you enjoyed your visit

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

We visited here when relatives from New Zealand were over. It was of particular interest because the ladies mother used to work here before emigrating to New Zealand. She loved seeing the place and piecing together her mother's past. Such an incredible place and well...More

Thank Sharon M
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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Many thanks for your review Sharon. Absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your visit, and even more rewarding when someone has a personal connection to a place

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Hi Paul. The Guildhall is open 10:00am to 4:00pm from Sunday to Thursday during the visitor season. Admission is FREE although any donation is much appreciated for upkeep of the building and historic collections.
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