Today, Tue 16th August Open 10:00am–4:00pm
Coventry Cathedral is open as normal today
General visiting times: Mon-Sat 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 12:30pm–3:00pm

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"To the glory of God, this cathedral burnt"

Our story and purpose are — like the headline above, which you'll see carved into our new Cathedral — embodied in the buildings you will find here.

From charred remains to “bopping angels” (to quote Archbishop Justin Welby), the Ruins and the new Cathedral, with its chapels and use of perspective and light, make possible numerous journeys of transformation from darkness to light, assisted by the insights offered by the many permanent artworks. So please allow plenty of time and check that we are fully open on your chosen date.

Interactive floorplan

Use our interactive floor plan to explore our magnificent building and its features. Simply click on one of the items below to learn more about each part.

1. The Ruins

The Ruins are the remains of a medieval parish church. Hit directly by several incendiary bombs, the Cathedral burned with the city on the 14th November 1940.

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2. Tower Climb and Shop

Soaring over 100 metres high, this Gothic masterpiece survived the bombing and is now the third-tallest in England.

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3. The New Cathedral

Sir Basil Spence’s 1962 masterpiece embodies both the stark and the beautiful, to powerful effect.

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4. Tapestry of Christ in Glory

Designed by Graham Sutherland, this impressive tapestry was woven by hand on a 500 year old loom and was at one point the largest continuously woven tapestry in the world.

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5. Chapel of Unity

The principle of a Chapel of Unity binding the Church of England and the Free Churches together for Christian service in Coventry was born out of the sufferings of war and the ecumenical enthusiasm of the church leaders.

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6. Chapel of Christ in Gethsemane

This quiet, small chapel serves as a reminder of suffering and a place of prayer and contemplation, away from the focal point of the Cathedral.

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7. Baptistery Window

The masterpiece created by John Piper is made of 198 brightly coloured glass panels and measures 26 metres high.

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8. West Screen

The impressive large glass ‘west’ screen was designed and hand engraved by John Hutton over the course of 10 years, and features 66 figures depicting saints and angels.

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9. Chapel of Christ the Servant

Also known as the Chapel of Industry, because the surrounding buildings used all to be industrial

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10. The Nave

As well as housing the stunning Baptistery window, the Nave features five pairs of 25 metre high windows which reflect man's journey through life.

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11. John Laing Centre

Recently opened the New Pavilion is primarily used for educational purposes.

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12. Chapter House

Not normally open to visitors, the Chapter House is used for film screenings.

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13. St. Michael's House

St. Michael's House is an early 18th. century townhouse which was rebuilt and restored after extensive bomb damage.

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14. Millennium Chapel

Home to a replica of the poignant Stalingrad Madonna, this chapel was created in 1990 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz.

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15. St. Michael's Gallery

A treasure trove of Cathedral history, with fascinating artefacts from both the old and new Cathedrals.

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16. Unity Lawn

Providing a place to pause and be still, right in the heart of the city, for the public and visitors alike.

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17. Queen's Steps

The Queen's steps follow the route that the Queen took in 1956 when she laid the foundation stone of the New Cathedral.

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18. Lady Chapel

Nestled at the foot of Christ in Glory, the Lady Chapel provides a more intimate space for prayer and reflection.

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19. Provost Vestry

The Provost Vestry is used by clergy to robe, and for private meetings, and is not normally open to the public.

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20. Cathedral Organ

We have a whole page dedicated to our amazing organ including its history and how and when to hear it played.

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21. Live & Dye Garden

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22. Blitz Museum

Travel back to wartime Coventry and learn all about life in the 1940s in our Blitz Museum.

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“We are trying to banish all thoughts of revenge. We are going to try to make a kinder world.”

From Provost Howard’s 1940 broadcast, made from the ruin on Christmas Day, six weeks after the blitz.

Transformation
stories
Using an act of violence, to form friendship
A creative, reconciling response to vandalism

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