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Boston Guildhall

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South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
01205 365954 http://www.bostonguildhall.co.uk

Shortlisted in the small visitors attraction category for the 2020 Tourism Excellent Awards, this historic building and museum is a must see when travelling to Boston.

Built in the 1390’s this building is a testament to the wealth and influence of the Guild of St Mary at a time when Boston’s power as a centre of trade was second only to London. This wonderfully preserved building, with a wealth of original features, has survived the centuries and is to be enjoyed as one of Boston’s finest visitor attractions. A wealth of stories, secrets and experiences are told and shared throughout the building including the history of the Guild of St Mary, international trade with the Hanseatic League, Henry VIII dissolve of the Guild, the foundation of the Corporation of Boston and the very famous trial and imprisonment of the Pilgrim Fathers. The Guildhall is also home to the towns museum collection where displays and exhibitions bring life to the stories told, and a stunning venue for civil ceremonies and private functions.

Admission to the museum is FREE and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm with last admissions at 3 pm. As we are available for private hire there may be times when our opening hours are amended, please check our website or contact us for details.

The heritage-laden Banqueting Hall at the Guildhall is licensed for weddings and offers a historic backdrop which cannot be matched! The wedding ceremonies take place before the great west window in the Banqueting Hall where, for hundreds of years, people have celebrated their most important days. Wedding parties who choose the Guildhall for their special day get exclusive use of this medieval building, complete with the cells where the Pilgrim Fathers were held. If you’d like a smaller space for your ceremony we can also offer the Council Chamber. To sign your important document, the registry book, in the back drop of this Georgian styled room where many have signed the papers of the town is a truly emotive experience.

The Guildhall is available for weekday and weekend weddings and can accommodate 100 guests in the Banqueting Hall and 30 in the smaller Council Chamber room. After the ceremony guests can enjoy a drinks reception and perhaps a slice of wedding cake. Your photographs can be posed anywhere in the building, including the cells, to capture the romance of the building.

If you would like to visit us for an informal chat and to view the Guildhall in consideration as a venue for your special day please do contact us.

May 2020

Boston Model Fairground Show

May 9 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Boston Guildhall, South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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Free

FREE EVENT! Come and join us as Boston Model Fairground Show joins us for a forth year here at Boston Guildhall. With miniature delights and 'all the fun of the fair', these creations give you an insight into some of the larger rides that you’ll see at the Boston Mayfair this year plus some that have been in years gone by. The individuals who make these models do so for pleasure and look forward to sharing them with you -…

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July 2020

Neil Wright Talk – The Waterways and Canals of Lincolnshire

July 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Boston Guildhall, South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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£5.00

Neil Wright is joining us for three more talks this spring and the Waterways and Canals of Lincolnshire will be the first topic discussed and shared. Boston built it’s fortunes during the medieval period and thanks mostly to the waterways that the town of Boston sits on… but the main rivers of Lincolnshire have been transport routes for centuries, and in the 18th century they were improved, and new canals were created to extend this transport system to other towns.…

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November 2020

Bostons American Connections

November 7 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Boston Guildhall, South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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Come and join us from 10:30am - 3:30pm, last admission 3pm, on Saturday 11th April when we will be sharing a day of family fun here at Boston Guildhall Museum. With face painting, crafts, promenade performances and a talk from Neil Wright and a pop up cafe - we invite you to visit us to discover more about our exhibitions and Boston’s links to the Pilgrims and Bostons wider American Connections.... With a Pilgrim trail to follow through the building…

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Neil Wright Talk – Cistercian Monasteries of Lincolnshire

November 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Boston Guildhall, South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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£5.00

Our second talk from Neil Wright this season - Swineshead and other Cistercian Monasteries of Lincolnshire - here at Boston Guildhall. Boston's medieval wool trade and our ability to export the wool through Boston Port saw Boston take the Wool Staple from Lincoln in 1369... less than 30 years before the beautiful Boston Guildhall was built... But what were the monasteries in Lincolnshire like? Swineshead and other Cistercian Monasteries of Lincolnshire - The Cistercian monks created monasteries in areas of…

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December 2020

Neil Wright Talk – Engineering Firms of Victorian Lincolnshire

December 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Boston Guildhall, South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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£5.00

Our third talk from Neil Wright at Boston Guildhall in our Spring programme and we are sure that some of these names will be familiar... Engineering Firms of Victorian Lincolnshire - Engineering in Lincolnshire started with small firms in Boston and Grantham in the early 19th century, but from the 1840s giant engineering firms were established in Lincoln and Gainsborough as well. Clayton and Shuttleworth of Lincoln, Hornsby of Grantham and Marshalls of Gainsborough came to dominate their towns, and…

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