guided-visitCome and explore our Casket of Jewels!

As the UK’s favourite 20th Century building, and located at the heart of the UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry Cathedral is a must-see attraction.

On this page you will find all of the information that you need to plan your visit and to get the very most out of your time with us.

If you need further information please contact us

Group Information

We strongly recommend booking for groups of more than 5 people. Booking your group visit means that we can check the availability of your preferred date and time slot, and can ensure that your group has the very best experience with us.

Entry for groups is £8 per person, and includes a guided tour from one of our expert guides, along with admission to the Blitz Experience Museum (dependant upon opening hours – please confirm at the point of booking).

A guided tour is the best way to fully appreciate our ‘casket of jewels’, one of our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides will lead your group through the history of the Ruins, the Blitz, and the building of the New Cathedral. We recommend allowing at least an hour for a tour, each guide will provide ample opportunity to ask questions along the way.
If any of your group has accessibility issues please advise at the point of booking your tour.

There are many aspects to the Cathedral aside from its history, including the Architecture and Basil Spence’s vision, the Arts contained within the building and the Artists who created them, and the story of Reconciliation which continues today, and our guides are happy to focus on any area which particularly interests your group. If there is any specific area which your group would like to explore then please let us know at the point of booking.

In the Blitz Experience Museum our volunteers tell the story of what Coventry was like before the Blitz and how the people of this extraordinary city coped with its aftermath.

Please note that the Blitz Experience Museum is run by dedicated volunteers and as such has varied opening hours – please check availability when booking.

Tower Climb

To add a little extra to your group visit, why no climb the Cathedral Tower for the best view in Coventry! Open 7 days a week except during bell ringing sessions*.

The Tower Climb costs £4 per person, or £2 for under 18’s. Please confirm numbers at the point of booking.

(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)

The Tower will ordinarily be open from 10-4 Monday to Saturday, and 12-3 on Sunday but sometimes events in the Ruins or inclement weather conditions may mean reduced opening hours, so please check in advance if you are planning on making a special trip.

*Subject to staff availability and events taking place which may mean that the tower is not accessible.

Opening hours

We are ordinarily open from 10 am until 4 pm Monday to Saturday, and from 12.30 pm until 3 pm on Sundays. You are welcome to arrive at any time up until 5pm, but please be aware that we hold Evening Prayer or Evensong at 5:15pm on most evenings, so we recommend arriving earlier for those of you who would like to fully explore the building as we ask that people do not walk around during these services.

We sometimes hold special services and events which mean that we have to restrict access to the New Cathedral and/or the Ruins. To avoid disappointment, please check the day you wish to visit on the Calendar page of this website or call +44 (0)24 7652 1210.

Shopping

No visit would be complete without a visit to our gift shop! We are pleased to offer a range of Cathedral themed books and souvenirs, Blitz themed sweets and memorabilia, and cards, CD’s, and other items. The shop is located in the Undercroft of the Cathedral in St. Michael’s Gallery.

We also have a gift shop located in the base of the Cathedral Tower, so once you’ve climbed all 180 plus steps and taken in the magnificent views, why not treat yourself to a little something from the Tower Gift Shop? We’ve a range of Blitz themed items, retro toys, sweets, general Cathedral souvenirs, and even a squirrel shaped item or two!

Tickets for concerts and events can also be purchased at both retail outlets, dependent upon availability. See What’s On for more information about forthcoming events.

Shop Opening Hours:

10 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Saturday

Please note that the shop is not open on any UK public/bank holidays, and operates reduced hours during Coventry University Graduation week, and from December to February inclusive. On occasion we may have to amend our shop opening hours or close completely, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during these times.

Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 1210

Finding us

Located within the heart of Coventry, it is easy to reach the Cathedral regardless of how you travel.

We are a 10-15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride from the railway station, and about 100 metres from the main Bus Station. The main entrance to the Cathedral can be found off Priory Street opposite Coventry University or via St Michael’s Avenue from the City Centre. For callers to the Cathedral Offices, please go to Youell House, 1 Hill Top.

Car parking

There is only limited disabled parking on the Cathedral site (next to the Chapel of Unity on St Michael’s Avenue). The nearest public car parks to the Cathedral are in Lower Ford Street (CV1 5PS) or Cox Street (CV1 5GA). Up-to-date information about parking in Coventry is available from the City Council website here.

Important information for coach drivers

There are two convenient set down/pick up points in the heart of Coventry – Priory Street at the foot of the Cathedral steps – where there are coach bays for drop off only – and Hales Street next to the Transport Museum.

Coach parking is available at White Street car park. There are six spaces available, operating on a pay and display basis, at a cost of £2.50 per day. Overnight stays are not permitted.

PLEASE NOTE: The Sat Nav postcode for coach access is CV1 5FB

Disabled access

For our full Access Statement, please see the page on the ‘Visit Us’ tab, or alternatively please click here

If you have any access issues or ideas you would like to raise with the Cathedral please email information@coventrycathedral.org.uk

Toilets

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

Refreshments

The 1940’s themed Rising Café, (located at the north-west corner of the Cathedral), serves a wide range of main meals, cakes, hot and cold drinks, afternoon tea, and speciality dishes. Rising does get quite busy, so please call 02476 521235 to enquire about booking for large groups.

For light bites (and a well earned rest) a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, biscuits and sweets can be purchased from Fairtrade, located within the Cathedral Shop on St Michael’s Avenue.

Coventry Cathedral app

The Coventry Cathedral app is available for both Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices (click here) and Android devices (click here). Alternatively, search for ‘Coventry Cathedral’ in Google Play or the Apple Appstore.

Plan your visit in advance – click here to provide your details:

(Please note that we are only able to confirm bookings once this form has been completed, submitted to us and acknowledged.)


Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry CV1 5AB
Switchboard: +44 (0) 24 7652 1200

Charity Number: XN75352

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We're thrilled to be hosting Coventry University Graduations again and as such we will not be open to the public from the 19th to 23rd inclusive. Access to the Ruins is not affected.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused, and a huge congratulations to all of those graduating!