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 Arden graduation ceremony will be held.
2019 Graduates please note:
There is an evening concert taking place in the Coventry Cathedral ruins on the evening of Wednesday 10th July 2019, so if you are intending to book overnight accomodation in Coventry or go for a meal locally to celebrate your graduation day, we recommend booking as soon as possible. Details of recommended local restaurants and hotels can be found below.
Whether you’re driving, using public transport, or even flying into Birmingham International Airport, finding the Cathedral could not be easier.
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.
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.
Birmingham International Airport is a 20
Places to Visit in Coventry
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:
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.
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. It's a beautiful park with lots of space for recreational activities and boasts a small cafe and lots of picturesque walks.
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.
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!
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 popular 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:
- The Cosy Club - British comfort food with some classics from around the world
OFFER: The Cosy Club in Coventry are pleased to offer all Arden graduates a FREE glass of fizz on Graduation Day (Wednesday 10th July 2019) on presentation of your graduation certificate or graduation tickets.
- Drapers Bar & Kitchen - Independent bar next to Coventry Cathedral, with a great selection of ales and meals to suit all tastes
- Pizza Express - Italian food specialising in Pizza and pasta dishes
- Las Iguanas - Latin American Food and Cocktails
- Wagamama - Modern Asian Cuisine
- Playwrights - Bar and Bistro who also cater for Gluten free and Vegan
- Bailey Lane - Bar and Bistro
- Nando’s - Portuguese-style chicken, flavoured to suit you
- The Botanist - World famous botanical cocktails and food inspired by deli, rotisserie and BBQ
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.
Within walking distance
- Premier Inn Coventry City Centre – Belgrade Plaza
- Premier Inn Coventry City Centre – Earlsdon Park
- Ramada Hotel and Suites – Coventry