About Coventry Cathedral

The original St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry was sadly bombed during ‘The Blitz’ in World War II. However, the ruins of the old Cathedral remain and have been well-preserved as a memorial site. It’s a beautiful place to visit and take in some history.

In 1956, the first foundation stone for the ‘New’ Cathedral was laid by the Queen and the stunning building was completed in 1962. This is the very building where your graduation ceremony will be held.

Find out more about the Cathedral.

Coventry Cathedral

Directions

Whether you’ll be driving, using public transport, or even flying into Birmingham International Airport, finding the Cathedral could not be easier.

Driving

Coventry is accessible via all major motorway routes. If you’re travelling from London, take the M1 to Junction 17, and then follow the M45 until you reach the A45 and follow the signs for Coventry city centre.

If you’re travelling from the North, follow the M1 to Junction 21. Continue down the M69 and follow signs for the city centre.

If you’re planning to drive, there are plenty of options for parking. You can download a map.

The postcode of the Cathedral for your satnav is CV1 5FB. Alternatively, you may wish to use the postcode of the accommodation you’re staying in.

Train

Coventry train station is on the main trainline from London Euston, leaving every 30 minutes. There are also frequent services from the Northwest and Southwest. From the station, you can opt to get a taxi to the Cathedral, use the bus, or you may choose to walk.

Flight

Birmingham International Airport is a 20- minute journey from Coventry city centre, making it an ideal airport to fly into if you’re travelling from overseas. Alternatively, you can choose to fly into any London airport and continue your journey by train.


Places to Visit

Recently named UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do. Make the most of your visit when you graduate and have a look at what the city has to offer. Here are a few suggestions of what you could get up to:

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

If you want to learn more about the history of Coventry, then look no further than the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, filled with interactive displays, personal stories, films and collections. What’s more, it’s free to enter for all.

War Memorial Park

The city’s largest park, War Memorial Park, first opened in July 1921 as a tribute to Coventry’s fallen soldiers in World War I.

Medieval Spon Street

Dating back to the 12th Century, historic Spon Street is now a designated conservation area, with picturesque, medieval timber buildings set on a cobbled street. It has a wonderful history behind it and is now home to a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a museum, for you to visit.

The Coventry Transport Museum

Discover over 150 years of Great British transport history at the Coventry Transport Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of British vehicles open to the public. Admission to the museum is free, and for a small fee you can ride a 4D simulator!

Lady Godiva Statue

Coventry is home to the legendary statue of Lady Godiva, situated in Broadgate, just a short walk from the Cathedral and surrounded by a variety of restaurants and bars.


Places to Eat & Drink Nearby

There are a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes near the Cathedral and across Coventry – perfect for you to continue your celebrations with friends and family over delicious food and maybe a drink or two! Here are a few suggestions:


Where to stay

Whether you’re travelling from near or far, you may wish to stay in the city overnight for a few days and make the most of your graduation trip. There are plenty of accommodation options in Coventry – we’ve listed a few suggestions below for you to consider. Alternatively, please check out the Coventry and Warwickshire website for further options.

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