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The Armoury

The armoury

This distinctive, heavily beamed room was used a central store for Coventry's armour at times of unrest. Several inventories from different periods in history reveal the collections of arms and armour that were stored in The Armoury in readiness for an attack on the city.

Following the attempted invasion of England by the Spanish Armada, in 1589 a nervous city compiled a list to detail what was available should there be another attack, whilst records reveal that large quantities of armour, muskets and polearms were stored here in the 1640s, during the English Civil War.

Surviving pieces of the city's armour, mostly dating from the late 16th and early 17th century, are displayed on the Minstrels' Gallery which overlooks the Great Hall.

A small chamber beyond the Armoury is traditionally said to have been used as a temporary prison for Mary Queen of Scots during the winter of 1569.

Users of this room can enjoy free WiFi access.