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“Building was beautiful, staff made the experience excellent!”

St. Mary's Guildhall
Ranked #7 of 72 things to do in Coventry
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Coventry, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Building was beautiful, staff made the experience excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

First, I'd like to mention another person's posting how the lift 'thingie' looked out of place. Yes it does, but without it, my mother would not have been able to experience any of St. Mary's Guildhall. The people there made sure my Mom felt safe and talked with her as she went up the lift. When we realized there were many areas of the building Mom couldn't do because it required going up stairs, Mom told me to go up anyway. The man working there & his wife kindly kept Mom company as I explored the building & took pictures for Mom to see later. While I was gone, they gave Mom a wonderful history of the building. Even though Mom couldn't go up the rest of the stairs, it was a wonderful experience which both of us enjoyed.

btw, Tripadvisor-There was no category to fit for an adult female and her mother travelling, I had to put us down as a 'couple!'

Visited August 2011
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“A gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2012

perfect.Full of interesting features Make sure you go to the sloping room and stand on the gallery.

1 Thank C K
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2012

I love St Mary's Hall. It's amazing that it stands today in such amazing condition and is lovely to see it so well preserved, although the stairlift thingie looks really out of place. The tapestry is stunning

Visited February 2012
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West Midlands
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“A hidden jewel in Coventry's crown”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

All history is here, with amazing tales of royal visits and even the idea that William Shakespeare possibly came and performed here with his travelling players. The building inside is awe inspiring, the cafe friendly and you can even get married here feeling like a proper princess

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“Fantastic setting and lovely for banquets and events”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011

I have visited the Guildhall on numerous occassions, I have eaten there at Christmas in a large group and most recently attended a huge vintage fair there. The surroundings are amongst some of the best in the city, close to the cathedral ruins and with their own fabulous courtyard it's very awe inspiring. Inside the hall is vast and with its historical stained glass windows and armour it feels like a place of importance. It's warm, centrally located and in my view the perfect venue for events.

Visited November 2011
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