Located in Coventry city centre, the cathedral was built after the old cathedral was destroyed in a bombing raid during World War II. It’s a beautiful and inspiring building that stands as a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
Find out how to get trains to Coventry Cathedral, below.
How to get to Coventry Cathedral by train
To get to Coventry Cathedral by train you need to catch a train to Coventry.
Trains run regularly from London Euston, Birmingham New Street, and other major cities. The journey time from London Euston to Coventry is approximately one hour and 15 minutes, and just 30 minutes from Birmingham New Street.
Once you get to Coventry Station, simply head out of the station and turn left onto Priory Street. The cathedral will be on your right.
What to do at the Coventry Cathedral
When you get there, the first thing you should do is visit the ruins of the old cathedral, after the previous cathedral was destroyed in a bombing raid during World War II. The ruins are seen as a reminder of the city's past and its resilience.
Once you’ve basked in some living history, go and explore the new cathedral. The modern cathedral was built after the war and it’s a contemporary building designed to be full of light, a symbol of renewed hope.
Inside, you’ll be able to learn about the cathedral's history, which dates back over 1,000 years. To get a deeper insight beyond the free information boards, you could get a guided tour.
If you’d like to, it’s also possible to attend a service at the cathedral. The cathedral hosts a variety of services throughout the week. Whether you are a regular to the church or not, you are welcome to join.
About Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral, or St Michael's Cathedral as it’s officially known today, was built immediately adjacent after the destruction of the former, consecrated in 1962.
The building was constructed after the old cathedral was destroyed in a bombing raid during World War II.
The cathedral that stood before was a Gothic building that had been in use for over 600 years. Destroyed as part of the Blitz on November 14 1940, a series of bombing raids that the German Luftwaffe carried out on British cities during World War II.
The new cathedral was designed by Basil Spence and was completed 22 years later, in 1962. The cathedral is made of concrete and glass and has a distinctive spire that is 110 metres tall.
Like many holy buildings throughout Europe, it is also home to a number of works of art, including the Tapestry of the Creation and the Tapestry of Christ in Glory.
While an important historical site, the cathedral is an active place of worship for many people. The cathedral hosts a variety of services throughout the week, including regular worship services, weddings, and funerals.
If you are interested in learning more about Coventry Cathedral, you can take a guided tour of the cathedral when you’re there.
Ways to save on your train ticket to Coventry Cathedral
There are a number of ways you can save money on your train ticket to Coventry. This includes booking in advance, travelling off-peak where possible, and taking advantage of railcard discounts.
If you can be flexible with your journey time, you can travel off-peak. This involves travelling between 10:30 and 14:30 or after 20:00 on Monday to Thursday, or any time on Friday or at the weekend.
For those getting train tickets to Coventry as a family, you can also save with Family Tickets, child tickets for those aged under five, or a Family & Friends Railcard. These give discounts of between a third and 60%.
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