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fascinating full of history

Next to the old cathedral, wonderful old building steeped in history. Go up the winding staircase... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
Chester, United Kingdom
A part of Coventry's history

It is well worth a visit such a lot to see, the tapestries and the galleries, on heritage days they... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
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 24 May 2017

Next to the old cathedral, wonderful old building steeped in history. Go up the winding staircase and see the most sloping floor in England! Careful you don't fall over!

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

It is well worth a visit such a lot to see, the tapestries and the galleries, on heritage days they have muscians and exhibits telling the story of Coventry when it was a rich and important city a nice Coffee place. It can be hired...More

Thank Angellous
Reviewed 23 May 2017

If you are interested in history, especially history relating to many local families over the centuries, then you can't go wrong with including this venue in your tour of central Coventry. Within easy reach of Coventry Cathedral, this is easy to find and to visit....More

Thank Q64RLjohnm
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We came here after reading about it in a leaflet and were incredibly impressed. The building is stunning and has lots of character filled rooms from 14-15th century (I think!). The grand hall is stunning with the tapestry and portraits of the kings. There are...More

Thank ellebtn
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Had gone drinking with a friend in coventry - When leaving, he said, let me take you on tour of coventry Guildhall where his daughters wedding took place. The entrance is through quaint cobbled road and the court yard has friendship statue. Narrow period staircase...More

Thank Karam410
Reviewed 3 May 2017

this is gorgeous and so well kept the cafe serves very basic but nice food and the rooms are so well looked after

Thank mum2three2017
Reviewed 29 April 2017

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.

Thank Marlene s
Reviewed 24 April 2017 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...More

Thank Catherine W
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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...More

Thank annemariemctavish
Reviewed 20 April 2017 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.

Thank Thomas J
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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.