Boston Guildhall

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South Street
PE21 6HT

  • Reception: 01205 365954

Boston's Guildhall of St. Mary is one of the oldest and most significant religious guildhalls in the country. First thought to have been built in the 15th Century, it was recently discovered during a restoration programme in 2008 that it was actually built during the 1390's making it one of the first Guildhalls ever built. The building has had a long and varied history, from its beginnings as a religious guildhall, then as a town hall, a Museum and also as a British restaurant during World War II. The Pilgrim Fathers were also tried and held in the prison cells. In 1515, St Mary's Guild spent a princely £20 on a single feast that they celebrated in the banqueting hall. In today's money this is more than £9,500. Quite a contrast to the 1 shilling that it cost to have a meal at the British Restaurant in the Guildhall in 1943 - the modern equivalent of this is only £1.30! The building consists of a chapel, banqueting hall, court room, council chamber, buttery, kitchen and cell area. Bostons Tourist Information Centre is in the Guildhall and the building is available for civil wedding ceremonies. Come and discover 600 years of history at the Boston Guildhall!

Further information

Opening Hours:

Wednesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 3.30pm


Free Entry

Travel directions:

By road: From the West and South follow the signs for Boston town centre using West Street or High Street to reach the Market Place. At the Market Place follow the one way system along South Street and Boston Guildhall is on your left. From the North and East follow the A16 along John Adams Way. At the 2nd roundabout take the 3rd exit back onto the A16. Go straight on at the lights and take the first left onto Quacker Lane. Turn left onto Spain Lane and left again onto South Street. Boston Guildhall is on your left. By train: The nearest station is Boston train station. Exit the station towards the town centre and follow the signage to Boston Guildhall. By bus: Boston is on the bus route from Lincoln, Skegness, Spalding. For more information on train and bus time tables please call 01205 365954

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Guided tours
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Touch exhibits

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