The Guildhall

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The Guildhall

The Guildhall Worcester is a truly beautiful building which dates back to 1721. It has a fascinating history – it was once the seat of justice throughout the city and even housed a prison – and today offers both visitors and residents a glimpse of Worcester’s rich and varied heritage.

Worcester Guildhall is a must-see visitor destination in the very centre of this historic city and is free to enter. You can be sure of a warm welcome in this Grade I Listed building, which is home to the Council Chamber, the City’s former Court Rooms and the Mayor’s Parlour.

Situated on High Street, the Guildhall boasts the remarkable Assembly Room, described by King George III as “a handsome gallery” when he visited in 1788. Follow in his royal footsteps to admire this space’s Italiante Ceiling and many striking portraits of Royalty and former Mayors.

The Guildhall is also available for hire for events, conferences, weddings and civil ceremonies and corporate hire.

Worcester’s Tourist Information Centre is also conveniently located at the Guildhall. There are several car parks nearby and within walking distance.

Looking for a guided tour of Worcester Guildhall? Book a tour with Discover History.

With your own personal tour guide, you will be taken to the hidden parts of the building that are not normally open to the public – including what were once the holding subterranean cells for prisoners awaiting a sentence of death or deportation.

It’s not all doom and gloom though, as you are led to the enchanting Assembly Room where Royals and many other important visitors have dined. In the Lower Hall, you will learn the strange history of the fire buckets that are on display, and share Worcester’s pride and sorrow in the many men who went to war.


Visit Worcester a beautiful Cathedral and University City with a fascinating history of industry, a wealth of interesting architecture, top class sports teams and venues, an unrivalled selection of high street names and independent boutiques and a vibrant programme of events.

An interesting and fun place to live and visit. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a local born and bred, you will discover plenty of things to do in Worcester.

Eat, sleep and visit this breath taking city with the best places to stay, eat and relax in. Find the best restaurants, sleep in the best hotels and bed and breakfasts, discover what’s on in Worcester.

Visit Worcestershire a great destination for family fun with lots of attractions, great events and action-packed outdoor activities.

In the south are the Cotswolds and their enchanting stone-built villages and heart-lifting rural scenery.

And to the west is the Malverns; dark, brooding hills that rise suddenly over the valley of the River Severn that courses north to south down to the Bristol Channel.

Worcester is the main city with its cathedral and medieval charm, and to the north of the county is Worcestershire’s 19th-century industrial legacy, at restored mills and canals.


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Worcester WR1 High Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2EY, UK
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OPENING HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm Bank Holidays: Closed

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Disabled Access
Outdoor Seating
Serves Alcohol

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Wedding Ceremony
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