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Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

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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. Plan to see Coventry Cathedral and other attractions that appeal to you using our Coventry trip builder.
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  • Gothic Cathedral that was supposed to be marvelous, destroyed by bombing during the second world war and never rebuilt. Impressive to see the Bell Tower, which remained intact, the exterior walls and the remains of foundations of Interior columns.
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  • Only my second visit, the first being 25 years ago! Only an hours drive from my home and I wonder to myself why I don't visit more often! Such a calming atmosphere inside the confines of the ruins. Pl...  more »
  • Doesn't take long to look around and see the damage done by the bombs Is definitely more impressive than the new cathedral 
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  • I first visited the cathedral about a year ago for a university open day. Now I have been studying here for three weeks and often visit the cathedral ruins. It is a lovely place to sit and relax. The ruin is brilliantly maintained, and looks like it will be for generations. It is free to enter the cathedral ruin which is open from 9am to 5pm every day. I have also visited the new cathedral. It has an interesting design which combines the classic old church with new modern techniques. Entry for the new building is £6 per adult, or free for children and university students. Opening times are on their website.
  • The remains of the original Cathedral destroyed by fire during the German bombing raid of 14th November 1940. Visitors can reflect on the terrible events of that night as they stand amongst the ruins, preserved almost as the people of Coventry would have witnessed them on the morning of 15th November.
  • Generally, I am not a big fan of the work of Basil Spence but this is a breathtaking exception, the finest example of what British Modernism could be and on a monumental scale. Everything about this is thrilling and has been perfectly maintained as a whole artwork - no jarring installations or inappropriate additions here. The place is as much an art-gallery as a religious space, with works by John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Jacob Epstein and many more. Oddly, however, female artists from the period are absent, which is perplexing considering the flush of incredible contemporaneous female artists (Frink, Hepworth...) One of the great pleasures for me is the doomy nature of the religiosity: this is not an optimistic space. It would have been easy to take the project - built on the bombed-out ruins of the original mediaeval cathedral, still visible to the side of this structure - and create something light and cheerful but Spence and his associated artists have looked at the structure and created a warning: the post-war, nuclear angst is palpable. The entrance fee may seem initially steep, but it is worth every penny.
  • Very nice place to visit. Also, it's nice to climb in the tower for a nice view as well.
  • Beautiful remains pc the old cathedral, and a stunning serine modern cathedral to hold coventrys name.