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Address: Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN, England
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+44 24 7683 3328
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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.

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I went for an Award ceremony, so I am not sure if you would normally pay. A very beautiful building worth a visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 August 2016
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Used the little cafe at the Guildhall recently when visiting the area with friends from out of town. We all ordered hot drinks & shared cakes (brownie & shortbread), those of us that ordered a 'large' hot chocolate & 'large' coffee were quite surprised by the misinterpretation of the word large as we were presented with small mugs (as opposed... More 

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Marcus L, General Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Godiva's cafe. I'm delighted that you found the customer service to be of a high standard, and hope you have the opportunity to visit us again soon. With respect to your coffee experience, we do benchmark our prices regularly with comparable establishments in the city centre, to ensure that we remain competitively priced. On... More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I went for an Award ceremony, so I am not sure if you would normally pay. A very beautiful building worth a visit.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Took my granddaughters to visit the Guildhall, it quite a beautiful place you can have a meal or afternoon tea. My brother held his wedding reception there 27 years ago. A truly wonderful historic building, well worth a visit

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Mosta, Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

It was a nice visit. The guildhall includes nice stained glass with the hall being currently used for receptions like weddings. The upper rooms are indeed nice where one of which was the room which kept Mary Queen of Scots imprisoned during the Catholic uprising in the North.Highly recommend a visit here in conjunction with other attractions in Coventry such... More 

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Bloxwich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

We went to kill some time but really there's not much there. Apart from trying on some helmets, was a bit boring.

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Marcus L, General Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this review

We're very sorry that you found your visit a little boring Karen. If you ever get the time to let us know what would have livened up the visit for you more, we'd be very grateful. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We spent a few hours here and the locals we met kept us chatting with additional information and local knowledge. Beautiful tapestries and artifacts throughout. The staff were very knowledgeable and we enjoyed chatting and wandering. There were no crowds at all. A really great historical building that has been carefully cared for by the Coventry people.

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Interesting guild hall demonstrating the history of the guilds in Coventry and their power and prestige as the secular leaders in the city. Disappointing lack of welcome by the two "reception" employees who made no effort whatsoever to welcome us or interact at all beyond the transaction of buying a guidebook. Don't let that spoil you enjoyment of this quirky... More 

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Marcus L, Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review FergieMeldrum. I'm delighted that you enjoyed touring this fascinating building, and that you came away with a real sense of Coventry's past. I'm very sorry that the initial welcome was not what you would have expected, and not what you should have received, and this will certainly be investigated. I hope you are able to... More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Family and friends attending wedding anniversary. Not the cheapest venue by far, but the history and ambience of the evening made the event worthwhile. The buffet was superb and the staff were all friendly and attentive. This 14th century jewel in the City's crown is so under -publicised and rarely open that our elected Councillors should revue the useage and... More 

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Marcus L, Manager at St. Mary's Guildhall, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback Paul. We're absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the event you attended, and that the food and service were well received. On the topic of awareness and usage, the Guildhall is actually open to the public 5 days per week for more than half the year, and received record visitor numbers last year, more than 15% up... More 

Bedworth, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Just a short walk from the Cathedral is this real little gem of a preTudor building, set back off a court yard .so easy to miss but certainly worth alt the visit.the stone and woodwork is steeped in history. The Guildhall for a short period was the place of captivity for Mary Queen of Scots. One oft heals is draped... More 

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This building stands in the shadow of the Cathedral ruins and, although steeped in history, is often overlooked by visitors to the Cathedral Quarter. The Guildhall dates from before the Tudor period and accommodated Mary Queen of Scots for a short period, when she was in captivity. Visitors should also make a point of visiting the Mayors Parlour which was... More 

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