We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
Phone Number: +44 24 7683 3328
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 234 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 142
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Friendly Staff and Good Food

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 July 2016
Jacquie G
,
Coventry, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

234 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 228: English reviews
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank Jacquie G
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
92 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank BillyK777
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
1 Thank Tony J
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
1 Thank poppy589
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
3 Thank Sian D
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank Elizabeth P
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

St Mary's Hall is a medieval building down one of the side roads, nice to look at and if your interested find out the history.

Helpful?
Thank Casseyarnold61
Wigan, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
279 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

The building is very old and has served various uses over the years but predominantly as a meeting hall. There are many rooms on two floors, and plenty of information is provided on how they were used or may have been used at various periods of history. Also there are plenty of items of heraldry and other artefacts and interesting... More 

Helpful?
Thank PeterLanky
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This place speaks of oodles of history. You enter through a courtyard looking down into an atmospheric crypt, hen climb stairs into the banqueting Hall. We booked this venue many years ago for our daughter's wedding reception with the small reception in the crypt and the larger evening celebration in the banqueting hall. Amazing!

Helpful?
Thank Fey H
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

It was my first visit to Coventry and to be honest I didn't know what to expect. However,not only were all the people we met extremely friendly & helpful, but my husband & I were incredibly impressed by the Guildhall. The main hall houses a wonderful medieval tapestry with wonderful stained glass windows above. The staff were really well informed... More 

Helpful?
Thank swalker_12

Travellers who viewed St. Mary's Guildhall also viewed

 

Been to St. Mary's Guildhall? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from St. Mary's Guildhall staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?