Priory Visitor Centre

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Discover Coventry's first Cathedral at the Priory Visitor Centre and Undercrofts.

For hundreds of years the ruins of Coventry's first Cathedral lay hidden beneath the City Centre. The 'Phoenix Initiative', Coventry's Millennium project, gave archaeologists the opportunity to excavate this important site. Over several years the remains of many of the medieval buildings were uncovered.

Some of the ruins have been reburied for their protection, but gardens have been designed over them to reflect the archaeology below. The garden built over the site of the cloister includes the Visitor Centre.

The Priory Undercrofts offer a fascinating glimpse into the best preserved remains of Coventry's original Benedictine monastery, dissolved by Henry VIII.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Sacred space

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1200-1600

Admission charges

Free admission to Priory Visitors Centre.
Undercroft Tours £1 per person.
Mon-Sat 1130 and 1430
Sun 1230 and 1430
Please call 024 7655 2242 to book.

The Visitor Centre houses some of the incredible finds from the excavation, but also tells the story of this amazing part of Coventry's history.

The Undercrofts contain stone vaulted rooms, a courtyard, doorways and passages are open for visitors to experience by guided tour.

Collection details

Archaeology, Religion

Key artists and exhibits

  • Archaeology
  • Priory
  • Cathedral

Priory Visitor Centre
Coventry Arts and Heritage
Priory Row




024 7655 2242


024 7683 2410

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