Boston Guildhall

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Boston Guildhall
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Built in the 1390's this building is a testament to the wealth and influence of the Guild of St Mary at a time when Boston's power as a centre of trade was second only to London. This wonderfully preserved building, with a wealth of original features, has survived the centuries and is to be enjoyed as one of Boston's finest visitor attractions. A wealth of stories, secrets and experiences are told and shared throughout the building including the history of the Guild of St Mary, international trade with the Hanseatic League, Henry VIII dissolve of the Guild, the foundation of the Corporation of Boston and the very famous trial and imprisonment of the Pilgrim Fathers. The Guildhall is also home to the towns museum collection where displays and exhibitions bring life to the stories told, and a stunning venue for civil ceremonies and private functions.
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Paul R
Wellingborough, UK700 contributions
The Boston Guildhall itself is an attractive old building and, inside, there is a modest but interesting museum, spread over two rambling floors. For a town museum I'd place it at the good end of average.
I've added a star, however, because the tourist information office, housed in the entrance area, is excellent and the staff enthusiastic and helpful.
Written April 5, 2022
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PudseyChancer
Leeds, UK87 contributions
We visited the Guildhall in Boston as my girlfriend and I have been following the Pilgrims trail; we knew that the Pilgrims had been brought here after being betrayed by the captain of the ship that they had paid to take them from Scotia Creek, Fisthoft, to the Netherlands.

We nearly missed the Guildhall as it is quite an unassuming building, and there are a couple of other buildings next to it that are a touch more attention grabbing. We paid £3.75 each for admission, initial impressions were very good, in the foyer area there was a small shop and plenty of information and leaflets for Boston and the surrounding areas. There seemed to be a good mix of media giving various details of the Guildhall's history, there were video screens, interactive maps as well as a dressing up box for children, along with areas with crayons for colouring in.

We walked through to the next room which had the cells in which William Brewster & William Bradford along with other Pilgrims were held, it's possible to sit in the cells, again, more interactive displays told tales of the Pilgrims woes. Moving on, the next room being the kitchen area, as you walk in, various kitchen sounds can be heard, from the pots bubbling on the stove to the orders of the kitchen staff.

Upstairs there were rooms dedicated to keeping conveyances and other legal documents, a court room and the magnificent banquet hall. As downstairs, there were plenty of interactive elements to bring the stories to life, in particular, a book detailing the sad demise of individuals persecuted for their religious beliefs, be warned, because once you decipher the 'olde Englishe' style of text, the details are quite gruesome! The Banquet Hall has a superb stained glass window which looks down onto the banquet table, and there are examples of the sorts of meals eaten over the years, with narrative to add the extra bit of garnish!

We stayed just less than an hour, but had we not intended to move onto Fishtoft to see the Pilgrims Memorial, we could quite easily have spent a lot longer. Some of the architecture inside was beautiful and quite elaborate, from the wonderful wooden beamed ceiling to the gargoyles in the Banquet Hall.

All in all, we found the Guildhall to be excellent value for money, and quite fascinating - the sheer variety of things to do, read and listen to, mark this out as one of the more interesting places I've visited in recent years, and a must-do if you're following the Pilgrim's trail.
Written March 7, 2010
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thomas g
York, UK498 contributions
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What a fantastic place, informative about the building, town and historic Guilds of Boston. Fascinating mix of displays from Archaeology to civic regalia and art. Well worth visiting.
Written September 16, 2017
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Thank you for your kind review of your recent visit to Boston Guildhall. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience and hope to welcome you again in the future.
Written September 18, 2017
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Sandra C
Rugby, UK444 contributions
The building houses the Vistor Information Centre but is only open Wednesday -Saturday 10.30am -3.30pm. It is worth a visit as it explains a lot of the history about the Pilgrime Farthers and how the Guildhall was founded and funded. There's some interesting cabinets to browse and a kitchen on the ground floor with the upper floor rooms showing off the artictecure of how the building was built. It is Free entry.
Written February 28, 2020
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Thank you for leaving a review of your recent visit. We hope that you enjoyed your walk through the building and it's lovely to hear that you found our exhibitions interesting to explore. We hope to welcome you again in the future.
Written February 29, 2020
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malcolm79
London, UK327 contributions
Family
An absolutely horrendous place with awful staff. Arrived at the museum after travelling 200 miles to visit it 2 mins after last admissions. With 3 children eager to learn about the local history of my birth place. Turned away by a curmudgeonly man with no sense of compassion. Will never return. Thanks Boston.
Written January 25, 2020
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I am sorry to read of your experience and that you arrived after our last admission and were unable to enter with your three children. We do make every effort to share our opening hours as widely as we can, including the last admission time, and I appreciate that travelling 200 miles and being unable to visit must have been disappointing. If I can forward activities and information about the museum for yourself and your children to share to discover more about the town and your birth place please contact me guildhall@boston.gov.uk
Written January 27, 2020
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Paul M
Boston, UK112 contributions
Solo
Dropped in on a wet Saturday as I was passing by. Lived in Boston for 15 years and walked past it many times intending to go in. This time I did. What a lot of history, what a beautiful building and of some historic importance to the town. Free entry, very informative staff and literature. A shortish visit but well worth doing and impressive roof construction, rooms and architecture and so you could really feel the atmosphere of the era. Some very interesting artifacts and silverware. Fiedel house is next door and another historic building to visit so you can do the both. Sited in town so car parks on the doorstep and so is the river and some local eateries to catch a pint and something to eat. Boston was a town of some significance with a thriving port and was an important trade route in its day. Do visit and you will learn so much about the town in its heyday.
Written July 6, 2014
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KevinSadler2364
Leicester, UK1,267 contributions
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One of Boston's hidden gems. Built around 700 years ago, the architecture is a lovely example of the period. Today, it's a museum to Boston, which has a great history, and makes for an interesting and educational hour
Written March 22, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Boston Guildhall and leaving a review of your visit. Lovely to hear that you found your visit interesting and enjoyed the history of the building and the stories that we share. We hope to welcome you again in the future.
Written March 26, 2018
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elsieroe
Boston, UK278 contributions
Friends
We live locally but haven't visited the Guildhall in many years. Free entry and very good explanations of exhibits, the role of the Guildhall through history. All very interesting and not too 'dry'.
Many interactive exhibits and even the chance to do a bit of dressing up!
I left feeling that I'd learned a lot about the Guildhall and the history of Boston.
Very atmospheric too!
Impressed that everything should wheelchair accessible.
Well done to everyone involved in running the museum!
Written July 30, 2017
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Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Boston Guildhall and leave a review of your visit. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your experience and took part in some of the activities on offer - including the dressing up! and left feeling you knew more about the history of the building and the town of Boston. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again and perhaps you might like to join us for one of our events - our first Afternoon Tea Experience is on Saturday 9th September which may be of interest?
Written July 31, 2017
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steve b
Boston, UK60 contributions
Solo
Very good exibition, the building has a very authentic feel about it, the staff are very informative & helpful, doesn't seem to get very busy so you are able to spend as long as you want looking & reading at what's on show.
Written February 13, 2017
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Thank you for leaving a review of your recent visit to Boston Guildhall. That's lovely to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and found the staff informative and helpful. We have a new exhibition opening on the 1st March in our temporary exhibition area "Medieval to Modern" which might be of interest? We hope that you call in again and look forward to welcoming you in the future. We are open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10:30am - 3:30pm.
Written February 14, 2017
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MrBrazil85
Stillwater, OK379 contributions
Solo
Free museum not far from the city center. Gives a good history of life in Boston through the years. A lot of information to take in. Ladies at the Welcome counter very friendly and helpful.
Written July 26, 2016
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Thank you for taking the time to share your review of your visit to Boston Guildhall. We are just a short walk from the Market Place and enjoy sharing the history of the building and it's role in Boston with all visitors. Your kind comments will be shared with the ladies at the front desk who I am sure will appreciate the feedback. We hope to welcome you again in the future.
Written July 27, 2016
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