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Discover 700 years of Power, Propaganda and Partying. 

An undiscovered hidden gem in a unique historical setting. Discover St Mary’s Guildhall in the heart of the city of Coventry. 

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Discover St Mary’s Guildhall - Now open to visitors 


Located in Coventry’s historic Cathedral Quarter, immerse yourself in the city’s historical seat of power and debate. 

St Mary's Guildhall, located in the city's historic Cathedral Quarter, astonishingly escaped bombing raids during the Second World War. As one of the only remaining medieval buildings, it still stands as a testament to medieval Coventry's power and wealth. The Guildhall is home to the magnificent Coventry Tapestry, which along with its spectacular interiors, provides a glimpse into the city's fascinating history. 

During the school summer holidays specially-curated family fun living food and feasting history experience days will also be running every Tuesday from the 2nd till 30th August in the newly uncovered Medieval Kitchen – one of the best preserved in the UK and now fully accessible for the first time in just under 100 years. Giving an insight into the daily life of the Guildhall’s working kitchen. Everything from gingerbread, pickles and salads and butter making to cleaning pewters, crystallising flowers and bolting flour for bread will be included as part of the experiences throughout the summer.  On the 11th,18th and 25th August children can also try traditional craft activities in the Drapers room including making a Victorian peg doll, or a Victorian spinning top or having a go at weaving with ribbons.

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Discover Coventry's hidden gem

Explore St Mary’s Guildhall and bring the history of Coventry to life with immersive and interactive activities. From augmented reality scenes and interactive medieval kitchens with soundscape smells to digital tours with scannability, find yourself living in the shadows of those who graced the Guildhall before us.

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A building echoing 700 years of history

The Guildhall holds endless historical stories and is renowned for surviving the Second World War. One of the finest medieval guildhalls in the country, St Mary’s was a place of lavish hospitality, royal encounters, civic life and much more. Discover the story of Coventry from the 1300s to the present day.

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Educational activities and tours

Enrich the learning for pupils and teachers across Key Stages 1-5. Take part in a programme of curriculum-relevant activities, guided tours, and explore the heritage of the Guildhall, all nestled in the cobbled streets of Coventry’s Cathedral Quarter.

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Enjoy tasty treats in our tea room

After an exciting day exploring the historical Guildhall, stop by our tea room for a delectable lunch or afternoon tea. Coming soon to St Mary’s Guildhall, indulge in delicate finger sandwiches, crumbly scones, and mouth watering cakes, all served with a pot of freshly brewed tea or welcoming coffee.

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Bringing the real medieval experience to life

A remarkable piece of history in the UK, St Mary's Guildhall has been transformed into a must see visitor attraction. Through the investment of more than £6 million, St Mary’s Guildhall will offer a fascinating insight into the Guildhall’s amazing past, its incredible story and how it has been at the centre of civic life for over 700 years.
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Opening to visitors from the 22nd July 2022
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