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St. Mary's Guildhall

Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Lovely old building

Worth taking a walk through the rooms of this old building and reading about the history attached... read more

Reviewed yesterday
2014kb
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Singapore, Singapore
Lovely little place tucked away along the cobbled streets of Coventry

Lived in Coventry all my life and it is only over the past couple of years I have visited here as... read more

Reviewed yesterday
katy s
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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
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Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
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+44 24 7683 3328
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"mary queen of scots"
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"main hall"
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"beautiful building"
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"guild hall"
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"ante room"
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"surviving medieval"
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"well worth a visit"
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"wedding reception"
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"stair lift"
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"historic venue"
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"uneven floors"
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"upper rooms"
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"old building"
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"wedding venue"
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"cathedral ruins"
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"steeped in history"
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Reviewed yesterday

Worth taking a walk through the rooms of this old building and reading about the history attached to it.

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Reviewed yesterday

Lived in Coventry all my life and it is only over the past couple of years I have visited here as my friends have chosen to get married here. Have to say it is breath taking. The room is full of history, grand in size....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Right next to the Cathedral is the guildhall with it's impressive main hall, tapestries and stained glass windows. Lots of rooms to explore alongside the history, such as the treasury may have once housed the crown jewels. Free to enter with information in each room.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating and beautiful building a real gem and full of history. well worth a visit. Cafe / bistro is very good. I got married in this building ten years ago. A great venue for the ceremony and the reception.

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review Pete, taking the time and trouble is much appreciated

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

St Mary’s guild hall is worth a visit when in Coventry. The guildhall is at the back of Coventrys old cathedral down a narrow cobbled street, Coventrys apprentices are given there freeman’s certificate there and have been for centuries. The hall dates back 700 years....More

1  Thank Hugh M
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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Hugh, delighted that you enjoyed your hour at the Guildhall. You can also find us by looking out for the finger posts nearby, or picking up a city centre map from the tourist information centre

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Visit this place to get a taste of what Coventry city centre must have looked like before the Nazis ripped it apart. It's remarkable that such a place should have survived the carnage. It's a real gem and a pleasure to walk through its old...More

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Many thanks for taking the time to review Stephen. Indeed the Guildhall is a remarkable survivor from the past, and so pleased that you enjoyed your visit

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

We visited here when relatives from New Zealand were over. It was of particular interest because the ladies mother used to work here before emigrating to New Zealand. She loved seeing the place and piecing together her mother's past. Such an incredible place and well...More

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Many thanks for your review Sharon. Absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your visit, and even more rewarding when someone has a personal connection to a place

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

This is a beautiful building and definitely Coventry's hidden gem. Stunning building and free to enter. Thinking of getting married here. Well worth a visit and suitable for families and those on a budget.

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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. If you've got any questions about getting married at the Guildhall, get in touch and we'd be happy to chat

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Reviewed 24 May 2018

I chanced on this building when visiting Coventry. Not sure at first whether it was just a restaurant or somewhere you could visit but, once in, really enjoyed the atmosphere and detail inside. It is free to visit and informative cards in the rooms are...More

Thank HerneBayCharley
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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Many thanks for your review, and really happy that you enjoyed your visit. Have taken note of your comment about being initially confused - we'll review signage in this area to make it clearer that there is both a fantastic medieval building to explore, and...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

St Mary's Guildhall is a genuine fifteenth-century buiding with black-and-white architecture and medieval stonework. Friendly, efficient staff keep the bars humming and serve meals in the downstairs bar, while the Guildhall itelf is great for weddings and fornmal dinners. If you want something really historic...More

Thank Michael C
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Marcus L, Public Relations Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Thanks for your review Michael, delighted that you share our passion for this incredible building

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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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