Today, Tue 16th July Open 10:00am–4:00pm
The New Cathedral closed to visitors due to Graduations today
General visiting times for the New Cathedral & Ruins Mon-Sat 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 12:00pm–3:30pm
These opening times apply to the New Cathedral & Ruins. Other Cathedral locations' times differ.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When can I visit the Cathedral?

The Cathedral is ordinarily open to visitors from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 12.30pm to 3pm on Sunday, unless otherwise stated. Please check our calendar for closures before making a special trip.

Are there toilets available?

Toilets are available at Nave level, in the Sir John Laing Centre. Baby changing facilities and accessible toilets are also available in the Sir John Laing Centre.

Will the Tower and Blitz Museum be open?

The Blitz and Tower are both open for visitors at certain points of the week - please see the Tower Climb and Blitz Museum pages for more information.

Will there be a chaplain available?

We have chaplains on duty at points throughout the week. Please note that our dedicated chaplains are all volunteers, which means that unfortunately there may not always be one available. However our Welcome Team can give you contact details of someone you can arrange to speak to should you require this. For more information about how to get guidance and support, please visit our Guidance and Support page.

Is there a Gift Shop?

Our Cathedral gift shop is open during normal Cathedral opening hours and sells a range of specially selected items - many of which are exclusive to the Cathedral and can't be purchased anywhere else! You can also purchase a small range of souvenirs from our online shop. Please click here.

Will I be able to light a candle?

You are very welcome to light a candle – there are several candle stands located throughout the building.

Can I take photos?

Yes! We welcome visitors taking photos for personal use, but we ask that you are aware of the impact upon others in the building when doing so. You must seek permission for any commercial photography or filming in advance.

Can I bring my children?

Yes! Children are very welcome to attend and explore the buildings as loudly or quietly as they’d like to. We do ask that all visitors are mindful of those who may be using the space for quiet prayer or reflection. We hold lots of family activities throughout the year too.

Can I visit with a group?

Yes! Please visit our group visits page for all the information you need.

Can I make a donation?

Yes! The Cathedral is a self-funded organisation that relies on donations to enable us to stay open to the public over 365 days a year for free! You can donate either with a card via one of our contactless donation points, or with cash in one of the donation boxes located around the building (the boxes are emptied regularly and locked away securely when the building is not in use). Ways of donating online – either on a one-off basis or regularly – can be found by clicking here.

Can I take part in a service?

All are welcome to join us for worship at any of our services, and we'd love to see you! Details of our services can be found here. If you can't join us in person some of our services are streamed online via our live-stream page on Facebook which you can find here.

Can I bring my dog with me?

We’re happy to say that our warm welcome extends to well-behaved dogs (and cats!) on leads in both the Ruins and the New Cathedral. In order to ensure that the Cathedral remains a safe and enjoyable place for everyone we ask that you are mindful of other visitors – particularly those who may be using the space for quiet prayer or reflection - and ensure that your pet is well-behaved and not disturbing others. Owners will need to clean up after their pet in the case of any unfortunate accidents. And in order to ensure maximum enjoyment for all, pets are not currently permitted on guided tours or to attend events*. Guide dogs, hearing dogs, assistance dogs and well-behaved dogs are permitted to attend services.

*unless otherwise stated

Do you have a restaurant/café?

Unfortunately we have no on-site catering facilities. However - as we are located in the heart of the city there are plenty of options within a short walk of the Cathedral. Visit Coventry have plenty of information on their website.

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with us – contact details can be found here.

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