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St Mary's Guildhall - Heritage Open Days 2019

15 September 2019 - 22 September 2019 Every day
  • Location: St Mary's Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN
  • Time: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Cost: Free

St Mary's Guildhall is one of the finest surviving examples of a Medieval Guildhall in the country.

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First built in the 1340s for the merchant guild of St Mary it was enlarged between 1394 and 1414 and extensively embellished at the end of the 15th century. It was soon adopted as the headquarters of the Mayor and City leaders and the corporation of Coventry remained here until the 20th century when Coventry's present Council House was built. Royalty were frequently entertained at the Guildhall as guests of the Mayor and the City whilst Mary Queen of Scots was briefly captive here in 1569. It is almost certain that Shakespeare would have performed in the Great Hall on the occasions that his touring companies visited Coventry. Inside gives an insight to Coventry's past with collections of early arms and armour, furniture and artworks. The main attraction is the Great Hall with its Medieval stained glass, a ceiling of carved angels and dominating an entire wall is one of the rarest and most important tapestries in the country.

  • Opportunity to view this magnificent building including the Great Hall, Drapers Room, Old Council Chamber, Treasury, Prince's Chamber, Minstrel Gallery, Ante Room, Armoury, Mary Queen of Scots Room, Undercroft and Courtyard.
  • Medieval Music performed by Blast from the Past on Saturday 21 September.
  • The Midlands Federation of Metal Detector Clubs - What treasures lie beneath your feet? Members of the Midlands Federation of Metal Detector Clubs will be showing off their finds, unearthed from around the region, chatting about their hobby and offering an identification service for anything you want to bring in.

Opening times

  • Sunday 15 September: 10am - 4pm
  • Monday 16 September: 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 17 September: 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 18 September: 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 19 September: 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 21 September: 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 22 September: 10am - 4pm

Booking details

No booking required


Ground level access toilets. Stairs to Great Hall and Undercroft cafe with wheelchair lift available. Limited access to other rooms leading from Great Hall. Large print room sheets available on request. Limited disabled parking available in designated zones on Bayley Lane. Changing light conditions and floor surfaces throughout the building. The main building has ground floor pushchair/pram friendly access only due to spiral staircases.

Additional information

Please see website for activities taking place. Historical musicians with also be playing with have a go opportunities.


Bayley Lane, opposite the Cathedral ruins.

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