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Tower Climb and Shop

180 steps up to amazing views of Coventry and the surrounding areas.

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

The massive tower base took 20 years to build in stages from 1373 and the spire was added in 1433.

It also escaped being blown up afterwards as a safety precaution by an eager demolition crew who didn’t realise it had been leaning for at least 100 years.

A spiral staircase consisting of 180 steps leads to a viewing platform from which visitors can see magnificent views of Coventry and the surrounding area.


Directions and accessibility
Wheelchair accessible

The Tower base is accessible from the Cathedral Ruins. Due to the age of the building some of the surfaces are uneven.
The Tower Climb is accessed via 180 uneven steps on a spiral staircase.

Doors

The Tower Base is accessed via double doors which are left open during opening hours unless there is inclement weather when they are manned via a member of staff. There is a small lip in front of the internal doors so caution should be taken.

Guide dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in the Tower Base.


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