St Mary's Guildhall
COVENTRY, WEST MIDLANDS
This impressive medieval Guildhall has stood in the heart of Coventry for over 650 years, and has played its part in the history of the area. It served as Henry VI's court during the War of the Roses, was a prison to Mary, Queen of Scots, and was used as a setting by George Eliot in her novel Adam Bede. The Great Hall contains a rare Brussels tapestry depicting King Henry VI and Queen Margaret.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Toilets, ground floor & cafeteria accessible
- Facilities: Wheelchair, stairlift, large print room guides
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct, Sun-Thu 10-4
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About the area
Discover West Midlands
After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead.
Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins.
Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.
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