appCoventry Cathedral was the first cathedral in the UK to launch a smartphone app guide with interactive panoramas, trails and an acoustic reconstruction of medieval worship – showing that one of Britain’s most striking ecclesiastical buildings is still at the cutting edge.

Created by the University of York’s Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, the mobile phone app is designed to encourage visitors of all ages to explore this magnificent building in new and exciting ways.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester launched the new app guide during a visit to the Cathedral in October 2012 as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The Revd Canon Tim Pullen, then Sub Dean and Canon Pastor of Coventry Cathedral, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have worked in partnership to develop the app which brings the story of this iconic place to life in a new and exciting way, and are greatly looking forward to seeing it used by visitors to the Cathedral. As the Cathedral is one of the major tourist attractions of the city of Coventry, we hope that it will also encourage more visitors and subsequently help to boost the local economy.”

Dr Dee Dyas, Director of the University’s Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, said: “Coventry Cathedral embraced new technology and contemporary art as it rose out of the ashes of wartime destruction; now it is embracing cutting-edge technology once more, this time to tell its story afresh for today’s generation. Cathedrals hold so much of the nation’s history and spiritual and artistic heritage. It is vital that we find new ways to help people of all ages and backgrounds explore and enjoy these glorious buildings and their stories, past and present.”

The Coventry Cathedral app offers three trails designed to help visitors enjoy the Cathedral’s unique, spectacular art and architecture, trace the story of the three cathedrals which have stood on the site, and experience being a ‘pilgrim’, exploring the many evocative spaces, stories and symbols.

The launch of the Coventry Cathedral app follows the successful introduction of an app for Shakespeare’s church, Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford-upon-Avon, created by the University of York earlier in 2012. York’s Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture is also working with Norwich, Ripon, Winchester and Worcester Cathedrals, as well as a dozen churches in York to develop similar apps.

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. Why not download it before you come and use it to experience the Cathedral in a fresh and new way?