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Address: Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
Phone Number:
+44 24 7683 3328
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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Travel back in time

What a wonderful place to visit. Old and beautiful architecture. It makes you feel that any moment someone from the 1920s will walk through the door and say good morning!! Another... read more

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a wonderful place to visit. Old and beautiful architecture. It makes you feel that any moment someone from the 1920s will walk through the door and say good morning!! Another place where a camera is an essential.

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Thank Marlene s
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is literally next to the old cathedral and the street you walk up to get there is amazing. It really takes you back in time and if you visit when we did and it is almost empty you can really imagine yourself being there hundreds of years ago. Definitely take your camera as you won't remember all the detail... More 

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Thank Catherine W
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're visiting the Cathedral, this is just next to it. It positively teems with history. The complex of rooms and the history is fascinating and the guides we've encountered each time we've taken visitors and family around are wonderful at making the place come alive. The on site cafe is very good too.

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Thank annemariemctavish
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really lovely place just next to the cathedral plenty of history and the the staff were very friendly, also free to walk around. There is also a cafe just in side.

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Thank Thomas J
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

More than just a guildhall used for weddings, its a complex of rooms all with interesting histories. I loved the wonky room where 600 years of subsidence leave you quite disorientated.

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Thank vicarage
Stratford upon Avon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic piece of history right in the middle of Coventry. Positioned next to the old Cathedral it is well worth a visit. The building itself is very interesting but the information you get inside is very informative. Such as the fact that Mary Queen of Scotland was held there for a period of time.

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Thank Ian W
Karratha, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A 14th C Guildhall in the centre of Coventry's cathedral area. Brilliant if you can wander around with one of the volunteers as the history, and the stories, behind this building make it well worth your while. Once used by Mary Queen of Scots, it pays to ask around as the full tale varies in the details.

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Thank Steve W
Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This historic building opens at 10am and is free to enter. There are some very steep stairs so some visitors may find it difficult. I found the tapestry depicting Henry VI and Richard III particularly interesting.

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Thank LauraDaveJames
Warwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not totally sure, but I'd be surprised if a lot of people realise this is somewhere to visit. I had walked past it hundreds of times and never realised you were actually allowed in. Went to a wedding reception here a long time ago. It is a nice place but a short visit. However, there are plenty of other... More 

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Thank rayraysworld
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loverly place to visit and very interesting historic place to visit specially for weddings through we was just looking around.would recommend any one to visit.

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