Heritage Open Days: Drapers' Hall

Sun 18 Sept 2022 | 11am - 4pm

Discover Drapers' Hall as part of Heritage Open Days

As part of Heritage Open Days, visit Drapers' Hall on Sun 18 Sept between 11am-4pm to see how the building has been brought back to life as Coventry's newest music venue.
The venue will be open for casual viewing as well as free bookable tours.

Tours will be running at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

About

The original Drapers’ Hall site was built in 1637, serving as the base for the wealthy and influential Drapers’ Guild of Coventry. A Second iteration of the hall was built in 1775 to expand the site, but this building was pulled down following damage caused by rot, and replaced with the version you see today. This hall was designed by Rickman and Hutchinson’s of Birmingham and opened on 8th November, 1832. 

In 1864 the East Wing was built, and in 1890 the pillars were removed, the reading room brought forward and windows added allowing more light into the building and dramatically changing the previously symmetrical façade of the building.  

In both world wars, Drapers’ Hall was used as an air raid shelter, the base for the Royal Women’s Voluntary Service and a sand store for extinguishing fires. After the Drapers’ left the site post war, plans to demolish the hall and replace it with a car park were published in 1952. However, once the city council bought the building in 1963, it was used as a youth magistrates courtroom instead before closing in the 1970s. 

Historic Coventry Trust started extensive restoration work in Drapers’ Hall in 2020. The building opened to the public for the first time in about 40 years in autumn 2021, as an exciting new music and events venue. 

Transport

Drapers’ Hall is surrounded by city centre parking, including: West Orchards Car Park, Bishop Street Car Park, Belgrade Plaza and Cox Street Car Park.

Alternatively, the site can be easily reached by nearby public transport links:

By bus via stops at Pool Meadow Bus Station or other city centre routes.

By train via Coventry Train Station.

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