St. Marys Guildhall
St. Marys Guildhall
tel:- +44 24 7683 3328
web address:- www.stmarysguildhall.co.uk/
St. Marys Guildhall :-
St Mary's Guildhall is one of the finest medieval guildhalls in England. It has stood at the heart of Coventry for over 650 years and witnessed events of both national and local importance.
Venue type Historical Building
Venue type Civic Hall
Venue type Historic Building
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 3
Function room names and capacities: The Great Hall - 180 (ceremony/reception) 150
The Undercroft - 80 (ceremony/reception) 70 (wedding breakfast)
The Drapers' Room - 40 (ceremony/reception) 20 (wedding breakfast)
Local accommodation.: City Centre hotels:
Britannia Hotel, Travelodge, Ibis Hotel, Ramada.
Smaller hotels and guest houses available near railway station on Warwick Road and Park Road
Choice of wedding breakfast menus - YesAlcohol License - Yes
Entertainment Available Yes
Dedicated wedding planner available Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Yes
Evening Reception Facilities Ye
Entertainment is available: List of preferred and recommended suppliers, including tour guides, period musicians, discos
Wedding services provided: Complete wedding package available: Venues licensed for civil ceremonies. Full catering service available for receptions and wedding breakfast. Licensed bars available. Able to cater for Asian weddings and kosher events
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Central courtyard. Arrangement with Coventry Cathedral for further photography in ruins of old St. Michael's cathedral opposite venue
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: All areas: Great Hall, Drapers' Room, Undercroft, Minstrel's Gallery, vaulted medieval porchway, internal staircases
Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: Bayley Lane (cobbled street outside venue with historic frontages), cathedral ruins
Venue special features: The finest medieval Guildhall in the country. A stunning historic building located in the picturesque Cathedral Quarter, at the very heart of the vibrant city of Coventry. A variety of distinctive and photogenic rooms oozing character and historic charm
Venue History: St. Mary's Guildhall is one of the finest surviving medieval guildhalls in England. 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. Soon after it was built, it was also adopted as the headquarters for the mayor and city leaders, and the corporation of Coventry remained here until the early 20th century when Coventry Council House was built. It served as the centre of King Henry VI's court during the War of the Roses and as a temporary prison to Mary, Queen of Scots. William Shakespeare is thought to have staged his plays here and the writer George Eliot, who knew the hall well, features it in a scene from one of her novels
The building still occupies a central role in the civic calendar, being the venue of choice for high-profile conferences, civic banquets and other ceremonies, and also a popular public venue for weddings and prestigious receptions.
St Mary's Guildhall is approached from the cobbled Bayley Lane, one of the best-preserved streets of Coventry's historic Cathedral Quarter', and faces the dramatic ruins of the bomb-damaged old cathedral of St. Michael's. Stepping through the elaborate porch, visitors enter an oasis of historic charm and tranquillity, a refuge from the bustling city outside.
Inside a series of rooms offer an insight into Coventry's past, with collections of early arms and armour, furniture and artworks providing a suitable backdrop to the fascinating stories shared by our knowledgeable guides. The main attraction is the magnificent Great Hall, with its medieval stained glass, a ceiling of carved angels and, dominating an entire wall, one of the rarest and most important tapestries in the country, still in the same location for which it was made over 500 years ago.
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