Look behind the scenes at Worcester Guildhall

September 13 2018

People can follow in the footsteps of former prisoners who were locked up in holding cells at Worcester‘s Guildhall.

The Guildhall was once the seat of justice for the city and is throwing its doors open to visitors on Saturday from 9am to 4pm for National Heritage Day.

It provides an opportunity to visit the cells and Court Room, which witnessed scenes of high drama for many years.

Prisoners, many of whom were sentenced to death, were led up to it through a trap door in the middle of the floor, and once sentenced, were taken down again to await their fate.

The history of the Guildhall will be brought to life with costumed characters and guided tours.

“The Guildhall is an ornate and stunningly beautiful building which has hosted royalty on a number of occasions,” said Worcester’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Allah Ditta.

“However, many Worcester residents have never been inside to experience its magnificent paintings, chandeliers and rich history.

“It’s well worth a visit, especially as it’s completely free.”

Councillors will be on hand to show visitors round the Guildhall’s treasures and reveal secrets from the building’s past, including the palatial Assembly Room, described by King George III as “a handsome gallery”, and where Queen Elizabeth II has dined three times.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or which normally charge for admission.