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“Fantastic experience”
Review of Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral
Ranked #3 of 79 things to do in Coventry
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Owner description: Celebrated as the UK's favourite 20th century building, Coventry Cathedral is known all over the world as a beautiful and unique venue. Designed by architect Sir Basil Spence following the bombing of the city in 1940 it was opened in 1962, and contains some of the finest examples of 1950's and 60's art and architecture in the country.
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience”
Reviewed November 9, 2011

startling architecture - inspiring and thought provoking

Visited November 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“i loved it!”
Reviewed November 7, 2011

we visited knowing that the original cathedral was bombed in the war so i expected a few bricks here and there to be honest.what a suprise tho.the outer wall was still standing and was just so beautiful.we paid £2.50 and climbed the 181 stairs up the old bell tower and it was fun and great views when we got to the top.it was a very narrow climb and a squash if peops were coming down.there was a rest half way to see the actual bells...very loud if you reach there when the recording of bells go off!! we also paid £1.00 to get a certificate with our names on to say we'd climbed it.gift shop was cute with knowledgable staff to tell the story of the bombing campaign aginst coventry.very interesting.then we went to the new cathedral which opened 1962.just gorgeous with the reflection of the old cathedral in its windows.very interesting art and no restriction on photos.£7.50 to get in although you could walk round without paying quite easily but why would anyone do that..we must pay to upkeep these buildings.cafe was good and interesting video shown on the building of the cathedral on same level.we spent a leisurely 4.5 hours taking in both cathedrals.

Visited October 2011
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South-East England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Very moving..”
Reviewed October 24, 2011

Walking in the old cathedral ruins and looking at the memorials. The views from the tower are wonderful, but the climb is up a narrow spiral staircase.

Visited October 2011
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“Don't be put off by the price.”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

My family and I visited after going to the transport museum. I was reserved at going in due to the price, £20 for a family of 4 and our 6 year old was free, but I’m glad we took the plunge. Our 6 year old was handed his own child’s leaflet with map and info on the cathedral, much to his appreciation. From the outside the new cathedral looks fairly ugly, but once you’re inside the architecture makes perfect sense. It is breathtaking and our youngest was very taken by all the artwork and sculpture. His RE teacher would be proud as he was explaining to us about the story of Jesus and how he died on a cross just like the ones he saw in the cathedral. There are many bright chapels and the stained glass is astounding; its beauty left us in awe. The font, a slab of rock from Bethlehem was also a talking point. The old and new are connected elegantly and this is where our little one became very excited as he loves to explore ruins. We didn’t go up the bell tower, though I wish we’d had time. We aren’t religious, but do appreciate ecclesiastical architecture and history, This was a fascinating place to visit.

Visited August 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Entry to the cathedral”
Reviewed August 26, 2011

If you want to visit the cathedral it is £7.00. But if you just want to go for quiet pray and reflection there is a side side door where you can enter for free

Visited August 2011
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