St. Marys Guildhall
St. Marys Guildhall

Explore Coventry’s fascinating history with immersive, curriculum-linked learning.

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A unique opportunity to step back in time.

Explore Coventry’s fascinating history with immersive, curriculum-linked workshops that encourage historical enquiry, ignite imagination and inspire creativity. St Mary’s Guildhall offers a variety of workshops aimed at a range of ages to help creating memorable, relevant learning experiences, which are available all year-round.

To book a learning visit, please enquire below. 

Included in your educational visit: 

An experienced, knowledgeable facilitator

Our team of friendly tour guides and facilitators will be on hand throughout your visit to help to uncover the Guildhall’s fascinating history.

Free teacher places and planning visit

All accompanying adults can attend educational visits for free, additionally, a free planning visit for one adult and an accompanying child/adult is available upon booking to help you best plan your day.

Teacher toolkit

Upon booking you are provided with a break down of all activities, a plan of the site, a history timeline, key vocabulary, some classroom activity ideas and the Guildhall’s risk assessment, to aid in planning your own and making your visit successful.


Located in the heart of Coventry city centre. 
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Step back in time and discover Coventry’s intriguing history

St Mary’s Guildhall offers a variety of workshops aimed at a range of ages, designed to inspire historical inquiry, ignite imaginations, and engage learners. The Guildhall is based in the heart of Coventry’s medieval quarter, next to the Cathedral ruins and is an ideal place to host your school trip and learn about Coventry’s fascinating history.

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Can’t see a workshop that fits your needs?

The education team also offer bespoke Home Educator days and SEND based tours. If you can’t see a workshop or tour that fits your specific educational needs, please enquire below and the education team will work with you to find a workshop that best fits your needs.

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Visit Coventry and follow the journey of St Mary’s legacy

Information and FAQs

Enquire below and a member of the education team will get back to you as soon as possible. From here, they will help you decide which package best suits your needs, fill out a booking form and send you any information you need to plan your visit.

The Guildhall is made accessible by ramps, step lifts and lifts. The top floor featuring the Armoury is only accessible by a spiral staircase, if you would like this taking off your tour, please let us know in advance. There are also a limited number of sensory bags and ear defenders which can be booked in advance and there is a quiet resting space available throughout the day. Please let the education team know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to make the learning accessible for your individual needs.

A risk assessment and pre-visit materials will be sent to you upon booking.

A lunch space for one class in available but is not guaranteed, so if needed please book in advance.

There is storage available for coats and bags in the Mercers’ room.

Education workshops must be paid in full two weeks before the visit. Our preferred method of payment is via BACS, however if you need to pay by a different method please let the education team know upon booking.

School coaches and minibuses can drop off pupils on Bayley Lane, but no parking is available on site. Coaches can drop off near Coventry Cathedral and the nearest coach parking is at the White Street coach park, there are seven coach spaces available.

All supporting adults on school trips come free, upon booking you are also eligible for one adult to attend a pre booking visit, with one additional adult or child.

The Guildhall provide regular home educator sessions which can be booked via our “What’s On” page. If there is a specific topic you would like to cover, please contact the education team.

The Guildhall provide regular home educator sessions which can be booked via our “What’s On” page. If there is a specific topic you would like to cover, please contact the education team.

What our visitors say

“Bringing classroom learning
to life”

Thanks to Jesse and the team at St Marys Guildhall for bringing the students learning of Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots to life. The students were very complimentary of the staff and their knowledge of the Elizabethan era.

We look forward to visiting again in the near future with other year groups to bring their classroom learning to life. The students particularly enjoyed examining the tapestry and work with primary sources.
Eden Girls School

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Please note: the Guildhall will be closed on 19th June for a private event. The Tales of Tea restaurant will remain open during this time.
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