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free admission, only small but very interesting to see what went on in that period staff very... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom
Lovely building well worth the visit

stunning building with lots of history attached, even the antiques on the walls are impressive and... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Brendan P
Coventry, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

free admission, only small but very interesting to see what went on in that period staff very pleasant nice historic place

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

stunning building with lots of history attached, even the antiques on the walls are impressive and original. If you go to Coventry thi sis a must see. Take your time and enjoy this place its beautiful. Not so much for kids though unless they are...More

Thank Brendan P
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Excellent informative staff, I learned much. Well preserved, very interesting place. There's a cafe downstairs which was closed when I was there. Guildhall closes at 4.00. Right across ruins of Old Cathedral. A real treat for lovers of architecture and history.

Thank happytravels618
Reviewed 30 July 2017

St Mary's Guildhall is situated opposite the old Cathedral on Bayley Lane, a small but beautifully preserved street with "original" cobblestones. My Grandmother was a volunteer here in the Second World War handing out ration books in the main hall. I also happened to get...More

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Marcus L, Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review, and for sharing your fascinating connections with the Guildhall.

Reviewed 21 July 2017

This is such a beautiful venue. I here been here for various events and on each occasion continue to be delighted with the amazing ambience. The tapestry is a work of art and the ceiling is spectacular. A gem in the shadows of the cathedral

Thank G F
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Surviving the devastation wrought on the Cathedral next door, St Mary's Guildhall is a wonderful example of a Middle Age hall. Dating from, I think, the 15th century, it has been wonderfully preserved and is a credit to the city.

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

On a fine day this should be included on your tour of Coventry. It is within a whisker of a walk from the cathedral and worth a look

Thank Liz G
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Had a very informative guided tour round this lovely old building, I don't think you need to book to have a look around it. It is free and is close to the old and new cathedrals in Coventry. The Ante Room has a very interesting...More

Thank Rose M
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Me and my Dad visited this attraction, as I'd never been inside, not very well advertised and down a quiet street in the City. Admission is free, and you can wander around at your leisure. Very historic and well upkept

Thank Adam O
Reviewed 25 June 2017

'Original' is in quotes simply because it has been conserved - and superbly well too from the basement undercroft to the attic rooms, all of which are open for you to see. One notable point is the tapestry beneath the main window - it is...More

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Paul T
4 April 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.