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Coventry Cathedral

The ruins of an ancient Gothic monument and the grandeur of a modern architectural landmark combine at this fascinating site. 

Three cathedrals have stood in Coventry’s city center since the 11th century and two of them stand next to each other on the one site that’s known as Coventry Cathedral. Wander the open-air vestiges of the old Coventry Cathedral, enjoy views from its bell tower and then admire the artwork inside the new building. 

Also known as St Michael’s Church, the old cathedral was established in the 1300s on the grounds of a priory church. It remained intact until 1940, when the German Air Force flattened the city with the Coventry Blitz. This event left behind a roofless structure, which has become a sacred site and garden of remembrance. Note the misaligned pillar bases, the sweeping arches, an altar built from stone fragments and a cross of two charred wooden beams.  

Curiously, the tower and 295-feet (90-meter) spire survived the bombings and the spire is among the tallest in England. Carved figures decorate the walls of the tower from top to bottom. Climb the steep 181-step stairway to the top of the tower for unbeatable views over the city center. Look down on the ruins and spot other notable city landmarks such as the Holy Trinity Church and Ricoh Arena. 

The foundation stone of the modernist-style new cathedral was placed by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. It is the work of Basil Spence, a Scottish architect who won a competition that received over 200 submissions. Notable features are Sir Jacob Epstein’s St. Michael and the Devil sculpture and Graham Sutherland’s Christ in Glory tapestry. A window at the entrance vividly reflects the ruins outside and coins embedded in floor guide the clergy in a straight-lined procession.

Coventry Cathedral is open daily and there’s a fee to enter the new building. There’s an additional charge to climb the tower. The cathedral is a 15-minute walk from Coventry Train Station. Drivers can park for a fee on nearby St. Mary’s Street and Salt Lane.


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ibis Coventry Centre

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    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Coventry, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Mary's Guildhall and Coventry University. Lady Godiva Statue and Coventry Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Coventry Station is 7 minutes by foot.

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      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Coventry City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Coventry Transport Museum and Coventry University. Coventry Cathedral and St Mary's Guildhall are also within 5 minutes. Coventry Station is 14 minutes by foot.

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      Old County Court

         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Coventry City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from St Mary's Guildhall and Coventry University. Coventry Cathedral and Lady Godiva Statue are also within 5 minutes. Coventry Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Coventry £55
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        Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Coventry

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Coventry, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coventry Cathedral, Coventry Transport Museum and Coventry University. University of Warwick and Ricoh Arena are also within 6 mi (10 km). Coventry Station is 10 minutes by foot and Coventry Canley Station is 26 minutes.

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          8 Sava House Upper Well Street, Coventry, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Coventry City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of West Orchards Shopping and Coventry University. Coventry Transport Museum and Lady Godiva Statue are also within 10 minutes. Coventry Station is 15 minutes by foot.

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            Telegraph Hotel - Coventry

            157 Corporation Street, Coventry, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Coventry City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Orchards Shopping and Coventry University. Coventry Transport Museum and Lady Godiva Statue are also within 5 minutes. Coventry Station is 14 minutes by foot.

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              Designer City Centre Apartment

              18 Corporation Street Apartment 50, Coventry, England
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Coventry City Centre, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of West Orchards Shopping and Coventry University. Lady Godiva Statue and Coventry Transport Museum are also within 5 minutes. Coventry Station is 13 minutes by foot.

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                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Coventry City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of West Orchards Shopping and Coventry University. Lady Godiva Statue and Coventry Transport Museum are also within 10 minutes. Coventry Station is 11 minutes by foot.