Coventry Cathedral is a place where splendid medieval history meets modern architecture to stunning and poignant effect. The original Cathedral of St Michael was built between the late 14th and 15th centuries and was destroyed in the 1940 blitz on Coventry.
When you visit, it’s best to see the Ruins first (ideally entering from Cuckoo Lane) and only then to explore the New Cathedral. In both cases, you’ll understand and enjoy them much more, if you know what to look for and what it means.
Fancy a challenge? Climb the St Michael’s Tower for the best view in Coventry! 180 steps to magnificent views of Coventry and the surrounding area. Once you’ve climbed all 180 plus steps and taken in the magnificent views, why not treat yourself to a little something from the Tower Gift Shop? The Cathedral offer a range of Blitz themed items, retro toys, sweets, general Cathedral souvenirs, and even a squirrel-shaped item or two.
Explore what life was like in wartime Coventry…Transport yourself back to 1940’s Coventry inside Coventry Cathedral’s Blitz Museum.
Located in the corner of the Cathedral Ruins, the Blitz Museum is a treasure trove of 1940’s memorabilia and artefacts. Visitors will learn more about the Coventry Blitz on 1940 inside the period school room, and will then travel through a typical house of the time and learn more about life in this era from one of our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers.
Please check ahead for opening times.