As the UK’s favourite 20th Century building, and located at the heart of the UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry Cathedral is a must-see attraction.
The current Modernist cathedral, designed by Basil Spence and Arup, is the third religious building to stand on the site, the first being St. Mary’s Priory and Cathedral, built in 1095. The second was St.Michael’s, a Gothic church, whose construction was completed at the beginning of the 15th Century, becoming a cathedral in 1918.
But, on the 14th November 1940, the cathedral was destroyed by an incendiary bomb dropped by the German Luftwaffe during the Blitz. These ruins still stand adjacent to the current Grade I listed cathedral whose foundation stone was laid by Queen Elizabeth II in March 1956. The cathedral was consecrated on the 25th May 1962.
Your 1 hour tour, guided by an in-house cathedral specialist, is the best way for your group to truly appreciate this extraordinary building, with its deep religious history, huge tapestry by Graham Sutherland, unique stained glass windows, the famous Coventry ‘Cross of Nails’ and the 1962 Harrison & Harrison Pipe Organ.
*Lunch time organ recitals are held throughout the year. Please ask for details at time of making your reservation.
Your tour also includes admission to the Blitz Experience which tells the story of what Coventry was like before the Blitz and how its people coped with its aftermath.
As these tours are operated by cathedral volunteers, opening hours do vary, so availability will be checked when you place a reservation.
One free place after 20 paying passengers