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St. Mary's Guildhall

Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Little gem in the centre of Coventry

Beautiful ancient building - friendly, informative guides. Free entry which helps if you're on a... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
Twissler
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Coventry, United Kingdom
A great place to spend some time

Came here with my wife and daughter for a bit of a look about. Really impressive place for what it... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Rory S
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Mirfield, 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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“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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"lovely old building"
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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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Reviewed 1 September 2017

Beautiful ancient building - friendly, informative guides. Free entry which helps if you're on a budget. Superb venue for weddings.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Came here with my wife and daughter for a bit of a look about. Really impressive place for what it is and a bit of a hidden gem in the heart of Coventry.

Thank Rory S
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Next to the old Cathedral it is free to enter and it is an overlooked gem. As you are literally next toit when you re at the Cathedral why would you not take a look.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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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