Coventry Cathedral juxtaposes the ruins of its medieval church with a modern cathedral. The Nazi Luftwaffe mostly destroyed the 14th-century Gothic church during World War II, but the local community decided to leave what remained in place while building a new cathedral alongside it. In the sanctuary of the open-air cathedral ruins, view the replica of the charred beams that fell from the roof and landed in the shape of a cross during the bombing. In the new cathedral, admire stained-glass windows and the large tapestry of Christ. Climb the cathedral's tower, which is the third tallest in Britain, for views over Coventry and its surroundings, and visit the Blitz experience museum to view reconstructions of five rooms from the medieval cathedral as they appeared before the bombing. The new cathedral offers regular religious services, which you can attend free of charge. To visit Coventry Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in Coventry, create itinerary details personal to you using our Coventry trip planning app .
Coventry Cathedral Reviews
I really love visiting here. I could spend all day there. It's so fascinating to walk around. Even looking at the damage on the walls where you can see marks from bomb impacts during the war. Every pa... more »
Went to the cathedral really enjoyed it the beautiful glass stained windows, also looked round the ruins did not tackle the tower though far to old did it many years ago on a school trip more »
Very unique piece of history. Would like to get a sense more of what it was like to be inside it but there is still loads to do and if you have a head for heights you can see some great views of the city. Really on the ball with events, often and varied.
Even though the Cathedral was basically a bombing-site, it was quiet and peaceful in a very special way. Made me realize what mankind can reach after years and years of hard-work and can demolish in a friction of a night. Beautiful place to look around, there are even little pieces of coloured glass panes in the windows here and there. Have not been up to the tower but I think the view can only be magnificent. The new Cathedral looks modern and I'm glad they kept the old one as well!
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