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St. Mary's Guildhall

Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Medeavil Coventry at it's best.

Built in 1342 the medeavil Guildhall of St. Mary's was one of the few buildings of it's time to... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
John M
Coventry, United Kingdom
Worth a bit of time.

Well worth time out of your day. Beautiful architecture with plenty of history. Just make sure... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
mel s
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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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
Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Built in 1342 the medeavil Guildhall of St. Mary's was one of the few buildings of it's time to survive the blitz of Coventry during the second world war. It is only open to the public during the summer months but is a must see...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Well worth time out of your day. Beautiful architecture with plenty of history. Just make sure you wear flat shoes.

Thank mel s
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

One of the few really ancient survivals in Coventry. It's well presented, and normally there are people there to help you understand what you see. Don't miss the room where Mary Queen of Scots was supposed to be held (but probably wasn't.) There's a huge...More

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We went here for Christmas lunch during December, what a good venue. The food which was pre ordered came hot and fresh which i find unusual when catering for a large group.The service was excellent with a smile. Looking forward to next December.

Thank Martyn P
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Wandered in to look around. Since it is the current town hall, people are working. A nice man started telling us about the town and the building when he saw us looking at a map. Then he took us on a tour of the beautiful...More

Thank JillConnecticut
Reviewed 4 February 2017

I absolutely love going here. It has such a great atmosphere and the building is beautiful. This one of my favourite places to visit in Coventry.

Thank Sandwellman
Reviewed 4 February 2017

One of the most interesting and Beautiful Buildings in the UK . Next to Coventry Cathedral this has also major historical interest A must when in Coventry

Thank P9920XKjohnm
Reviewed 20 January 2017

You just have to touch the walls, the doors, the stonework, your are drawn to feeling the history of the place....it is a beautiful building. The surrounding historic buildings, the cobbled lane, the Cathedral ruins, it is a city brimming with history.

Thank Jm N
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I love history and this place simply oozes it. It's stunning inside, quirky and lopsided in places but well worth a visit. It's not huge so you'll not be there for hours but its free and right next to the famous Coventry Cathedral so you...More

Thank Sharon O
Reviewed 13 January 2017

I have lived in Coventry for over 30 years before I had the chance/inclination to visit The Guildhall. What can one say about such a treasure? It is just breath-taking. From the huge tapestry on the wall to the stain-glass windows to the massive locks...More

Thank Roslyn P
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Paul T
4 April 2017|
Response from Marcus L | Property representative |
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.