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St. Mary's Guildhall

Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Historical Interest

One of the most interesting and Beautiful Buildings in the UK . Next to Coventry Cathedral this has... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2017

You just have to touch the walls, the doors, the stonework, your are drawn to feeling the history... read more

Reviewed January 20, 2017
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Reviewed February 3, 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

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Reviewed January 20, 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 January 17, 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 January 13, 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
Reviewed January 6, 2017

St Mary's Guildhall is an absolute treasure. it is a stunningly beautiful building full of antique treasures and enriching history

Thank dale f
Reviewed December 4, 2016 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...More

Thank Stevie1985
Reviewed November 28, 2016

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.More

Thank braonain
Marcus L, General Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2016

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...More

Reviewed November 22, 2016

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

Thank M G
Reviewed October 22, 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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Reviewed October 11, 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...More

Thank Graham C
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Paul T
When is the guildhall open and how much is a standard adult ticket
April 4, 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.