St. Marys Guildhall
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Celebrate in medieval style

The opulent St Mary’s Guildhall has housed and even imprisoned several royal visitors over the years. Today, it’s an idyllic venue for the perfect Guildhall wedding, a wonderful setting for celebrations, and a unique space for corporate meetings and events.
St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry Opens, Saturday 7th May 2022, Free Entry, 11.00am – 4.00pm.
 
Following a two year closure and a major refurbishment, St Mary’s Guildhall is throwing open its doors for the first time on Saturday 7th May as part of the UK City of Culture citywide celebration, ‘Coventry Opens’. 
 
We are delighted to welcome you for a unique opportunity to ‘sneak a peek’ prior to our official opening and see the newly installed interpretation covering 700 years of fascinating history and the medieval kitchen which has been covered up for the past 100 years. coventry2021.co.uk/opens
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Tie the knot with history

With both intimate and greater celebrations in one of our gorgeous historical halls, you'll feel like royalty on your special day.

We can accommodate Guildhall weddings of up to 150 people in the Great Hall and the Drapers Room. The Great Hall, which houses one of the country's most valuable tapestries and lies beneath a ceiling of carved medieval angels, is a prestigious venue steeped in history.

The Drapers Room, which was famously occupied by Mary, Queen of Scots, exudes British charm with stunning stained-glass windows. 

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Celebrate medieval style
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Celebrate medieval style

With a selection of beautifully atmospheric rooms to choose from, make memories with loved ones in the city of culture. If you’re looking for room hire in Coventry for a private party or to host an event with a bang, we can accommodate you in smaller areas like the Armoury or larger rooms like the Great Hall.

The Armoury, a beautifully atmospheric chamber with mellow sandstone and large oak timbers, is a perfect venue to organise a celebration where you’ll be surrounded by historic armour.

Alternatively, in the Great Hall, immerse yourself in medieval stories and feel the history come to life as you dance the night away.

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Small corporate meetings 

Looking to host a corporate meeting? Encapsulated in rich history and heritage, St Mary’s offers a memorable visit that will leave a lasting impression, St Mary’s Guildhall has a variety of available meeting rooms for hire in Coventry.

From the Fullers room which is ideal for interviews, to the Mercers room, which is suitable for small group conferences and lunches.

The Fullers' Room overlooks the cobbles of Bayley Lane and the ruins of St. Michael's, Coventry's second cathedral, which was demolished during the 1940 blitz. The Mercer's Room, which formed the lower portion of the Guildhall's gatehouse, has served as a meeting hall since the 16th century.

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Large corporate events

Leave an impression when you host a corporate event at St Mary’s Guildhall. We have large venues, such as the Great Hall and Undercroft, that can accommodate Christmas parties or award ceremonies so you can make the most of your event.

The Great Hall, which was first built in the 1340s, was the merchant guild's primary ceremonial, meeting, and banqueting hall.

Lying directly beneath the Great Hall, the Undercroft was formerly used to store gunpowder during the Civil War and features stunning sandstone pillars that serve as a wonderful backdrop. This works well as a cocktail reception in conjunction with the Great Hall.

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Travel advice and FAQs

If my guests need to stay overnight, where can they stay?

Being centrally located, there is some lovely accommodation in the surrounding area. For quaint cottages and refurbished medieval buildings, Historic Coventry Stays offer spectacular stays in the heart of Coventry just a stone’s throw from the Guildhall, meaning guests can walk back after an event. Alternatively, guests can book a stay at Coombe Abbey Hotel, located 20 minutes away.

I’m travelling by car, where can I park?

If you’re planning a trip to St Mary’s Guildhall by car, you can park in the city centre at a variety of available car parks. The closest ones are; YourParkingSpace St Mary & St Benedict's Church, Salt Lane Multi-Storey, or Grove Street surface car park. Parking is also available at the War Memorial Park, just a 30 minute walk away from St Mary’s Guildhall.

What public transport can I use to get to the Guildhall?

Whether you’re travelling by bus, coach, or train, St Mary’s Guildhall is centrally located in Coventry city centre so is nearby to public transport. 

The following buses; 11, 55, U12, X1, and X18, all have stops nearby. If arriving by train, Coventry Station is just a short 13 minute walk to the Guildhall. There is various parking in the city around the Cathedral or the Herbet for people arriving by coach. For disabled guests, there is a drop off location along Priory Road where coaches can park.

I’m arriving on foot, is the Guildhall close to the centre?

Located in the heart of Coventry’s Cathedral Quarter, St Mary’s Guildhall is in a prime location so is ideal for arriving on foot for those who are either living or have accommodation within the centre.

Is there anything else to do nearby?

As well as the Guildhall, there are many things to see and do around the City of Culture 2021. This includes the historic Coventry Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church. For cultural visits, watch a show at the Belgrade Theatre or wander to Drapers Hall, for an intimate music venue. Explore The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Coventry Transport Museum to tell the story of Coventry through a selection of exhibitions. If you’re looking for something to entertain the whole family, take the children to The Wave, Coventry’s award-winning indoor waterpark. 

If you’re looking to explore the hidden gems of Coventry, go the extra distance to enjoy a trip out to the eclectic FarGo Village, showcasing a range of independent businesses from craft beers, arts, and vintage stalls. Take a stroll down to the Canal Basin or wander around the medieval Spon Street, home to a row of Tudor properties dating back as early as the 12th century. To discover the musical history of the city, a visit to The Coventry Music Museum is a must. Whatever you choose to visit in Coventry, enjoy everything the City of Culture has to offer.

What is your covid policy?

For COVID-19 guidance & advice, please visit gov.uk. We are following all government recommendations and will revise rules in line with announcements. We cannot enforce social distancing but we ask that you are conscientious.

Are there toilet and baby changing facilities?

Yes, we have toilet and baby changing facilities on the ground floor located opposite the Cloisters.

Why choose the Guildhall for your events?

The finest Guildhall in the country

Discover one of the country’s most unique and stunning Guildhalls, standing tall after surviving some of the most significant moments in Britain’s history. Accommodating both intimate and larger events, the Guildhall gives flexibility when planning an event or party.

Quality food and service

Experience excellent service and premium food crafted by talented chefs inherited from the expertise of Coombe Abbey. Perfect for any special occasion or important event, impress your guests with standout catering.

Romantic and unique historical setting

For those looking for something different, whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion, take visitors for a treat, or to host a corporate meeting, St Mary’s Guildhall doesn’t require dressing to make it impressive.

Centrally located in the City of Culture 2021

Whether you’re looking for room hire in Coventry, the perfect Guildhall wedding venue or to step into history for your events, find us nestled in the winding lanes of Coventry’s centrally located Cathedral Quarter.

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**Notice** St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry Opens, Saturday 7th May 2022, Free Entry, 11.00am – 4.00pm. For COVID-19 guidance & advice, please visit gov.uk.
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