Markt 1
2801 HX  Gouda

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Opening hours

1 April - 30 September
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00 h
Sun 11:00 - 16:00 h
1 October - 31 March
Tue - Sun 11:00 - 15:00 h

Opening hours: Except when marriages or other events are taking place and the doors are open.

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Secret Gouda (29 June 2018)

During the summer of 1438, a devastating fire reduced the then town of Gouda virtually to ashes.

The town hall suffered heavy damage. The town council decided that the new town hall should be freestanding. It chose a new location on the market field, which was little more than a sodden peat bog at the time. If the doors are open, in the old Town Hall you can visit the splendid wedding room, the mayor’s office and council chamber.

On the right facing wall you can see the carillon with mechanical puppets, which were added in 1961. The leading figure in the carillon is Floris V, who granted Gouda its town charter in 1272. Every two minutes of each half hour, the carillon will provide a lovely spectacle, as the puppets begin to move.