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St. Mary's Guildhall

Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
+44 24 7683 3328
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Friendly historic venue for parties and drinks.

St Mary's Guildhall is a genuine fifteenth-century buiding with black-and-white architecture and... read more

Reviewed today
Michael C
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London
Stepping back in History

If you're a fan of history, like me, a visit to the guildhall is a must. Adjacent to the remains of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
kaw19602
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Reading PA
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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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"main hall"
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"wedding reception"
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"lovely old building"
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"ante room"
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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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"steeped in history"
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Reviewed today

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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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you're a fan of history, like me, a visit to the guildhall is a must. Adjacent to the remains of the Coventry Cathedral and the holding place, for a time, of Mary Queen of Scots at the request of Queen Elizabeth I, the guildhall...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would recommend, it's lovely to walk through time, what a experience. It really was great to see buildings from history x

Thank Kelly O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Next door to Coventry Cathedral and tells the story of LAdy Godiva and has a room where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned

Thank Colin G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited here with a group from the Tickhill History Society (and also related history groups in Sheffield). The tour we had was very interesting and very informative. We also felt we could take our time looking around. Our tour lasted most of 2hrs.

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Wonderfully preserved 14th Century Guildhall in the centre of Coventry, beside the ruined medieval cathedral. Beautiful great hall on the first floor with smaller adjoining rooms. Ancient tapestry on one wall of the hall. Amazing history including the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots

Thank Marilyn B
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

It's just wonderful to see pieces of history and just walk around in the footsteps of generations. Beautiful

Thank gerifc
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Glad this little gem is open again, albeit for a few months. The light was lovely today and the windows were spectacular. I took my woolly folk (James the cheeky Monk and Lady Godiva) along too and the staff helped stage some photos with them....More

Thank AndreaJ70
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful architecture - it's like walking through time. It is good to see that not all of Coventry was bombed completely during the blitz. It reminds me of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth.

Thank Craig M
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

A organisation I am part of held a AGM here and it was a beautiful venue the building is stunning and right near the cathedral it has a bar and great size hall with beautiful architectural features.

Thank Robert B
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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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