Designed by architect Sir Basil Spence following the bombing of the city in 1940, the New Cathedral was opened in 1962, and contains some of the finest examples of 1950’s and 60’s Art and Architecture in the country.
Following in the footsteps of our Benedictine predecessors, a warm welcome is extended to all visitors of all ages and nationalities.
We are open daily to the visiting public (with the exception of Christmas Day) We are normally open at the following times, although being a busy church sometimes services and events mean that we have to restrict access to the New Cathedral and/or the Ruins. To avoid disappointment, please check the date of your visit on the Calendar page of this website or telephone +44 (0)24 7652 1210.
Monday to Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm (Last entry for visitors is 4 pm)
Sundays – 12 noon to 4 pm (Last entry for visitors is 3 pm)
Open daily – 9 am to 5 pm
You are welcome to join us for any services which take place during your visit, please see the Worship pages for more information.
The cost of maintaining both the Ruins and the New Cathedral runs to hundreds of thousands of pounds each year and we receive no funding from the state, so in order to keep our beautiful buildings open to all we make a nominal charge for admission to the New Cathedral. Charges apply during the above opening hours*.
Please note that these prices are for individual visitors, for groups or organised parties please click here
Standard Adult: £6
Concessions (over 60): £5
Children under 18 in family groups: Free
Individual students from UK universities** (with valid ID): Free
*There is no charge for those who would like to like a candle or to pause and pray, and we provide a prayer area for those who wish to do so.
**Please note that student groups will be charged the standard group rate, regardless of whether they are pre-booked.
If you are a UK taxpayer, and you choose to Gift Aid your entry not only will the Cathedral benefit directly, it will also give you 12 months free entry from the date of your visit.
Cathedral 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 an additional £4 (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.
Blitz Experience Museum (normally open from mid-February to early November)
In the Blitz Experience 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. Only £1.25 per person, regardless of how big or small you are!
Please note that the Blitz Museum is not open to visitors when in use by school groups – please check availability when booking.
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 can be found opposite the entrance to the New Cathedral, next to the steps up to the Ruins.
Tickets for concerts and events can also be purchased here, dependent upon availability. See What’s On for more information about forthcoming events.
Shop Opening Hours:
10 am to 4 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
There are toilets near the café and in St Michael’s Hall. Disabled and baby changing facilities are also available within the café.
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.
Located in the heart of Coventry, finding the Cathedral could not be easier! 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.
Visitors arriving by car can use Cox Street car park, located underneath the ring road (Sat Nav CV1 5GA).
For a list of charges click here
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
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 email@example.com
The Coventry Cathedral app is available for both Apple iOS 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?