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. 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 .
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  • Went for a walk around the original cathedral after a shopping trip it’s such an amazing sight when you think back to when this was built it must have been a wonder of the world.  more »
  • The ruins of the cathedral are a fitting way to remember how much Coventry suffered during the Blitz. The architecture of the rebuilt Cathedral superbly links with the ruins  more »
  • I simply love to visit this bombed out cathedral because it reminds me of what the British people had to endure during WWII. It is beautiful in its skeletal reminder of that time. I am so thankful tha...  more »
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  • One of the best areas in Coventry. That 12th century Cathedral makes you feel awe. It's awesome place
  • A very heartbreaking reminder of the uselessness of war. It was a peaceful spot to spend some time and look at the remnants of the bombing in WW2. A few memorials erected within the space are tearjerkers! One can climb the still standing spire, but I did not have the time for that. Recommended halt for history lovers for sure!
  • A beautiful place to visit even for the non-religious, in a lovely and historic part of town. Easily the prettiest part of town.
  • As moving a visit as the last time I was here 30 years ago. Spectacular.
  • We had a guide that took us round the cathedral. Really appreciated the building and story surrounding it.

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