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Address: Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
Phone Number: +44 24 7683 3328
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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St. Mary's Guildhall is one of the finest surviving medieval guildhalls in...

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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Beautiful venue.

Went here for a wedding reception, Amazing surroundings, the main hall is so big and the ceilings are so high it's unreal! They did some food which was nice, the bar is quite... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for a wedding reception, Amazing surroundings, the main hall is so big and the ceilings are so high it's unreal! They did some food which was nice, the bar is quite pricey tho but most places like that are expensive. I would recommend to friends.

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bristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

School only opened in April 2016, excellent visit, there is no set charge you give what you can. Next door is the Guildhall, again an excellent visit.

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Marcus L, General Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this review

Thanks for your review braonain, although I think you are referring to 'Shakespeare's Schoolroom' and the Guildhall in nearby Stratford upon Avon. As it happens, Shakespeare would have accompanied his father on trips to Coventry to watch the famous Mystery Plays being performed, probably the young William's first proper experience of drama. In later years, as a professional actor and... More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended, lovely and tasty food, well presented and good value. The building itself is truly stunning and service excellent

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was a very interesting hall to visit - huge and medieval. The tapestry is quite a sight to see. The upper rooms are interesting, especially with their very low doorways and narrow winding stairs. The modern chair took away the historical feeling though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

As an active attendee at functions in many of the famous guilds in London I can honestly say that this is an absolute gem in the heart of the midlands. Our capital has nothing to compare with this beautiful medieval building. The information provided in each room is excellent and the staff are rightly proud of the building and its... More 

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Lincoln
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

What a lovely building! Lots of beautiful stained glass and amazing wood carvings. Well worth a visit and free admission too!

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

went around the city looking at the godiva clock and civic centre crypt which were good. we went to St Mary to look around. It is stunning, the ceiling is so beautiful , all the woodwork well worth a visit.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Often overlooked and underestimated. This guildhall has more to offer than most people think. Rooms filled with medieval memorabilia is well worth seeing. Surprisingly quiet. Free! Good to sit in the old fashioned wooden carved chairs and envisioning that you are from another era. Cool and mysterious this undiscovered gem is great for the peaceful loving visitor.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I had a wedding celebration at St Mary's recently. I'm a Coventry native but I'd never been in there before. My loss, because this place is incredible. It has a rich history, with every room, picture, window and article of furniture telling a story. The Great Hall is magnificent, surely one of the best of its kind in the Midlands... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Came across this after visiting cathedral.Very interesting original features with all the crests on the wall in the old guildhalland stained glass and the tiny oak rooms leading off.Staff were extremely helpful and told us lots of interesting facts.

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