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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  • This is so beautiful and so moving. I love the way the old ruins join the new cathedral, and both buildings are stunning. My sons were fascinated by the stained glass and the origami cranes in the cha...  more »
  • It's a brilliant place to go for a little quiet in the day or a lunch break. There's not much there, but it's nice that the Cathedral is in a relatively natural state since the bombing. It's a shame i...  more »
  • If in Coventry and you like exploring Cathedrals Coventry's is lovely, the old cathedral ruins right next to the new cathedral, in the heart of the city centre, look out for events in the ruins, it of...  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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Where to stay in Coventry

A stay among the Gothic and Victorian architecture of the city center is within walking distance of the main attractions. Consider a rental room or B&B on the medieval Spon Street or near the canal. Both locations are scenic and conveniently located near the city center. Full of local eateries and shops, the Earlsdon area offers less expensive apartment rentals.
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