Grade II listed Drapers Hall was built for the Draper's Company in 1832 by architects Rickman & Hutchison in the Greek Revival style.
Its stunning Regency interiors are largely intact. This is the third building on the site and is located next to the site of the important Great Drapery which was one of medieval England's largest cloth markets. The basement of the building was used as an air raid shelter for 200 people during the Second World War and the building was used as a juvenile court until the 1980's and has since been empty.
In March 2018 Historic Coventry Trust announced a partnership with the Prince's Foundation to restore the Hall as a classical music and education venue for young people as well as a professional performance venue for one of the UK's leading chamber orchestras. It is hoped to complete the work in 2020 in time for City of Culture year in 2021. Live classical music performances will be performed in the historic ballroom throughout the HOD period. Information on the plans for Drapers Hall will be displayed as well as the other 21 historic properties for which it has plans over the next 5 years. An archaeological excavation is planned and hoped to coincide with HOD.
There will also be a special exhibition of 'Medieval Coventry's Women of Influence - Queen Isabella and Queen Margaret of Anjou'
No booking required.
Access is via a staircase so not suitable for people with mobility problems.
The existing toilets are unlikely to be made operational by September. However there are nearby toilets nearby at the Herbert Art Gallery or St Mary's Guildhall.