Coventry Cathedral & Tower Climb

Places to Visit

Ages:

  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults

Venue:

Indoor

Cost:

Free

Description

Coventry Cathedral is open for private prayer and reflection. Please ensure a mask is worn inside the building. Visit the website for details on procedures and safety. 

The opening hours for the duration of the lockdown will be:

  • 11am - 3pm from Monday to Saturday
  • 12pm - 3pm on Sunday

The daily worship goes back to being online only from today with members of the Cathedral team live-streaming services from their homes. These can be accessed via this link.

The Tower remains closed. Check the Facebook Page for further updates.


Coventry Cathedral & Tower Climb

As soon as it was opened in 1962, Coventry Cathedral became a major tourist attraction, welcoming thousands of visitors each year. The Cathedral opens its doors to visitors all year round and everybody is welcome to attend for worship.

The Cathedral is free to enter but visitor donations are crucial in enabling the Cathedral to continue offering free admission in the long term. Information about visiting the Cathedral is in the visitor information section of this website.

Cathedral Ruins
The original St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry was built between the late 14th century and early 15th century. It now stands ruined, bombed almost to destruction during the massive attack on the city by German bombers on the night of November 14th, 1940. The bombed out remains of the old church were kept intact next to the new one, as a reminder of the futility of war.

New Cathedral
The decision to build the New Cathedral was made the day after the old one was destroyed in the blitz. Both old and new buildings are constructed from the same type of sandstone. The new cathedral’s design caused much controversy, but on opening to the public it rapidly became popular and is now a widely recognized symbol of reconciliation.

Tower Climb
Climb the Cathedral Tower for the best view in Coventry! Open 7 days a week except during bell ringing sessions.
The Cathedral Tower Climb costs £4, and £2 for under 18’s. (Children are permitted to climb at their carer’s discretion and we do not recommend the climb for younger children due to the amount of steps and the nature of the climb. No climbers under the age of 8 will be permitted)

Blitz Experience Museum
In the Blitz Experience, volunteers tell the story of what Coventry was like before the Blitz and how the people of this extraordinary city coped with its aftermath. Only £1 per person, regardless of how big or small you are!
Usually open from mid-February to early November but please check in advance if you are planning a special visit.

Rising Café
Housed within the historic surroundings of Coventry Cathedral, Rising Café Coventry is a local favourite for delicious lunches, excellent coffees, uniquely scrumptious afternoon teas and independent, artisan coffee and tea. Browse the menu here.
Opening Hours Mon - Sat: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Shop
You will find a specially selected range of Cathedral themed books, souvenirs, cards, CD’s and other items which can be purchased at the Welcome Desk by the main entrance of the New Cathedral.
There is also a gift shop located in the base of the Cathedral Tower. You will find a range of Blitz themed items, retro toys, sweets, general Cathedral souvenirs, and even a squirrel shaped item or two!

Toilets
There are toilets near the café and in St Michael’s Hall. Disabled and baby changing facilities are also available within the café.

Parking
There is no parking available in side streets near the venue. The nearest public parking is:
Cox Street CV1 5GA (5 min walk)
Salt Lane CV1 2GY (6 min walk)
Lower Ford Street CV1 5PS (10 min walk)

Image Credit to Debbie Hall.

Open hours

Monday10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday10:00 - 17:00
Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday12:00 - 16:00

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