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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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Very old and very interesting

We enjoyed this as it was old and we could wander around in our own time. It wasn't huge but it was worth making the effort to see and it was very close to the old cathedral.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We enjoyed this as it was old and we could wander around in our own time. It wasn't huge but it was worth making the effort to see and it was very close to the old cathedral.

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Located south of the cathedral, and tucked away on the picturesque Bayley Lane, this hidden gems is overlooked by guidebooks and tour leaderes alike. My husband and I stumbled upon it accidentally, and were delighted that we had. It is regarded as probably the finest surviving medieval guildhall in the country, and offers a series of stunning rooms to explore.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Step back in time with this historic building close to the old Cathedral ruins. Not a large building but with free admission it is worth a visit to see the main hall with a well preserved tapestry,the court room and the treasury.

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Staverton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Popped in here for half an hour with our grandchildren after looking at the Cathedral remains. Interesting place. Some helmets for the children to try on. Well worth a short visit. Lovely old building situated on an old narrow lane.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

I visited the restaurant with visiting friends to the area, not the first time. Each time I have been the staff have always been friendly and helpful about items on the menu. As a group we tried the daily special, a baguette, fish and chips, Gammon and a baked potato. We all enjoyed the food and the surroundings are certainly... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

We had a dinner here with work and food and setting was excellent. Food was not too fancy and very good quality. Would like to take the wife here as she would really enjoy it.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This historic building is a must see. The moment you see it, the state of the exterior sandstone wall tells you it's been around a long time. The main hall is stunning and the other rooms wreak with history. It doesn't take more that half and hour to see it and entrance is FREE. There's even a cafe in the... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

St Mary's Guildhall is a place to visit lot of history in the building you can feel the spirits as you enter the court building there is a lovely restaurant and get a feel of the spirits as you walk l down the stairs to the restaurant the food is excellent varied foods that's on offer the service is excellent.there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

We had our wedding and reception in the Great Hall. We would thoroughly recommend St Mary's Guildhall for any event, or for a visit. The Great Hall is breathtaking and the photos do not do it justice. The staff were very friendly and helpful throughout from planning to the day itself. Most correspondence was done via email, which is useful... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

I think every visitor to Coventry should visit St. Mary's Guildhall, it realy is the most interesting building in the city centre, and if you want somewhere to hold a very special function, I.e. a wedding reception, or a celebration party,it really is first class.

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