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A "got to visit " Coventry attraction

The fitting and fixtures are worth a look. The old historic building is super and it is free! We... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Lin A
via mobile
Freebee Period Place in the Center of It All!

The hall is just next to the old cathedral. With a history of its own, the hall captures a bygone... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Mike N
New York City, New York
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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 6 September 2017 via mobile

The fitting and fixtures are worth a look. The old historic building is super and it is free! We booked our wedding in here !

Thank Lin A
Reviewed 4 September 2017

The hall is just next to the old cathedral. With a history of its own, the hall captures a bygone era. Very beautiful.

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 31 August 2017

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

Thank Twissler
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
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.

Thank dr7575
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

Thank dragonjmw
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 8 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

Thank ccfc1968
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
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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.