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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Cathedral, £1

Contact

Coventry Cathedral Visitors Desk

Address

Old Cathedral Ruins,
Priory Street,
Coventry,
West Midlands,
CV1 5AB

Details

St. Michael's stands at the west entrance to the Cathedral ruins.The main structure was added by wealthy wool merchants and former mayors, brothers William and Adam Botoner, between 1373 and 1394. Over the next four decades, the nave and inner isles were built, and then around 1433 the spire was started, paid for by two Botoner sisters, Mary and Anne. It was not recorded when the spire was completed, but it's likely to have been in time for the visit of King Henry VI in 1450. This was still not the final product however as the building of St. Michael's was enlarged around 1500 when the chapels forming the outer isles on the north side were added.
Today the visitor Information Centre is now housed in the base of the spire. This gives the opportunity for visitors to climb the spire and take in the views.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groups

Not all site accessible to people with impaired mobility. Lively and varied programme of events and services all year round, which may restrict access. St Michael's tower available to climb (charges apply). Blitz museum open most Wednesdays & Saturdays, group booking essential, charges may apply. French/German guides available by prior arrangement.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10.00am-4.00pm.

Prices

Admission to Tower Climb:

Adults: £2.50
Children: £1.00 (no unaccompanied under 16s).

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    Directions

    Nearest major road is M6. Signposted from M6, M69, A45 and A46.
    Nearest station is Coventry. Head for city centre.

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
    • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

    Not all site accessible to people with impaired mobility. Lively and varied programme of events and services all year round, which may restrict access. St Michael's tower available to climb (charges apply). Blitz museum open most Wednesdays & Saturdays, group booking essential, charges may apply. French/German guides available by prior arrangement.

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

    Parking

    • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
      • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
    • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
      • Yesis solid
    • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
    • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
      • YesHas a ramp

    Public Areas

    • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
      • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
      • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesBaby changing facilities
    • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

    Entrance

    • YesSteps to the main entrance
      • 21
        Number of steps to entrance
      • YesHandrail by steps
    • YesRamp to entrance
      • YesHandrail by ramp
    • YesEntrance is well lit

    General

    • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
    • YesClear signage
    • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
    • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
    • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
    • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
    • YesAudible alarm system

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