Is this majestic medieval building Coventry’s best kept FREE secret?

It’s one the finest medieval buildings in Coventry with a history stretching back more than 650 years.

Kings and queens have been entertained there – one was even imprisoned within its walls – and Shakespeare is even thought to have performed there as a young man.

It has a magnificent stained glass Great Hall, a ceiling of carved angels and, dominating an entire wall, one of the rarest and most important tapestries in the country.

It’s even got a world famous sloping floor.

But it seems St Mary’s Guildhall is still one of Coventry’s best kept secrets.

Overshadowed by the more famous ruins of Coventry Cathedral opposite, it’s perhaps easy to see why this remarkable old building might be overlooked by visitors and residents.

For those who have stepped inside, many regretted not visiting before.

Trip Advisor comments

Writing on Trip Advisor, where the Guildhall has a rating of 4.5 stars out of five from 276 reviews, one Coventry resident wrote in October 2015: “I first visited St Mary’s Guildhall six years ago and couldn’t understand what a treasure I had been missing since moving to Coventry in 1971.

“The old building is beautifully preserved with original tapestries and stained glass windows.”

In July 2015, another said: “I’m Coventry born and lived there until ‘78 but amazingly had never visited St Mary’s Guildhall until today.

“I’m so glad I’ve discovered it now.

“This stunning building is as important as it is well preserved; Henry V dined there, Shakespeare performed there more than once and it houses a 15th Century Flemish tapestry that rivals Henry VIII’s for quality and scale.

“It is amazing how accessible this building is and the artefacts within where you can explore the rooms unhindered, find clear explanation with detailed history at every turn and get close to the excellent exhibits.”

A reviewer from Warwick wrote in 2013: “We have visited the Coventry Cathedral quite a few times but never went in…

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