On Saturday 5th May, at a special celebration event at Coventry Cathedral, the Archbishop of Canterbury launched Coventry Cathedral’s new free admission policy. The Cathedral is now free to enter, with visitors invited to make a donation if they wish.
The Cathedral has aimed to return to free admission for a number of years and thanks to the generous support of donors it now able to take this step. Admission fees were first introduced in 2010 in order to cover the increasing maintenance, upkeep and running costs of the Cathedral. However, in the last few years, the Cathedral’s financial position has been brought under tight control and the launch of the Investors in Hope fundraising campaign alongside collaboration with the Diocese of Coventry has made this change possible.
Now when visitors enter the Cathedral, they will be greeted by signs saying “Welcome to Coventry Cathedral, we hope you enjoy your visit. The Cathedral is free to enter, you will be invited to make a donation before you leave.” Visitor donations will be crucial to enabling the Cathedral to continue offering free admission in the long term.
Coventry Cathedral is at the heart of the Coventry and is loved by many and these changes will allow the Cathedral to be even more accessible to the people of the city.
The Dean of Coventry, the Very Reverend John Witcombe says:
“When I arrived in Coventry five years ago, I immediately recognised how much everyone wanted to return to free admission. It is the fulfilment of a five year dream to take this ambitious step of faith, to fling open the doors for visitors from the city, the region, and across the world to our fabulous Cathedral. It is our mission to change lives by sharing our beauty, and our story. This will help us reach so many more people, to make so much more difference.”