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St. Mary's Guildhall

Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Medieval Guildhall in historic Coventry

Wonderfully preserved 14th Century Guildhall in the centre of Coventry, beside the ruined medieval... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marilyn B
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London, United Kingdom
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Charming

It's just wonderful to see pieces of history and just walk around in the footsteps of generations... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gerifc
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London, 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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  • Average5%
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“main hall” (20 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
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+44 24 7683 3328
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"mary queen of scots"
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"main hall"
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"medieval building"
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"guild hall"
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"wedding reception"
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"lovely old building"
in 7 reviews
"ante room"
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"stair lift"
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"upper rooms"
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"well worth a visit"
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"daughters wedding"
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"wedding venue"
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"beautiful architecture"
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"steeped in history"
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"open to the public"
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"little gem"
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"wander around"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderfully preserved 14th Century Guildhall in the centre of Coventry, beside the ruined medieval cathedral. Beautiful great hall on the first floor with smaller adjoining rooms. Ancient tapestry on one wall of the hall. Amazing history including the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's just wonderful to see pieces of history and just walk around in the footsteps of generations. Beautiful

Thank gerifc
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Glad this little gem is open again, albeit for a few months. The light was lovely today and the windows were spectacular. I took my woolly folk (James the cheeky Monk and Lady Godiva) along too and the staff helped stage some photos with them....More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful architecture - it's like walking through time. It is good to see that not all of Coventry was bombed completely during the blitz. It reminds me of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth.

Thank Craig M
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

A organisation I am part of held a AGM here and it was a beautiful venue the building is stunning and right near the cathedral it has a bar and great size hall with beautiful architectural features.

Thank Robert B
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

In the heart of Coventry city centre and A look back in time A Must if your in Coventry so close to the bus station happy days

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

I had an enjoyable evening catching up with old colleagues. This was due to the collaboration of Alex Robinson who organises this with the staff of St Mary's Guildhall. Enough wine was included and the food was very good with excellent service for such a...More

Thank RobMcGonigle
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

Seven of us, female friends, enjoyed a jolly Christmas lunch in these beautiful surroundings. I'd say the quality of the meal was not quite as good as last year, but they had kept the price the same, a very reasonable £19.95 for three courses, coffee...More

Thank Gailew
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Marcus L, Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you for your review and feedback, this is really appreciated. We're absolutely delighted that you and your friends enjoyed this festive occasion at St Mary's Guildhall, and wish you all a very Happy Christmas. If it isn't too much bother, it would be really...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

amazing venue went to a wedding loved the feeling off the place not very disabled friendly but staff happy to help

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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We attended a wedding reception here, although I am aware you can also have your wedding ceremony here as well. The wedding breakfast was held in the beautiful hall, the service was good, the food was served quickly and efficiently and tasted lovely. Certainly worth...More

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Paul T
4 April 2017|
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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.
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