A Self-Guided Tour of Coventry’s Cathedral Quarter

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Discover the hidden medieval ruins and legends behind this storied modern city on this self-guided tour. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through Coventry.

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  • Explore Coventry's rich history on a walking tour through 1,000 years
  • Hear from Verity Tiff, a Blue Badge, Heart of England tourist guide
  • Do it all in 90 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete c
  • Get unlimited use of the tour before your booking date and after it
  • Use the virtual tour option at home


Coventry, once the fourth most powerful city in England, has seen many changes throughout its storied past. This walking tour takes you through 1,000 years of history in what was once the best preserved medieval city in England. The tour starts at Broadgate Square in front of the statue of Lady Godiva, where you’ll hear about how she founded Coventry’s Benedictine Monastery, along with some legendary gossip. I’ll point out the largest collection of publicly owned British Transport as you pass Coventry Transport Museum, where it’s housed. From there, you’ll stroll under the Whittle Arches to see a statue of Frank Whittle, the man who changed air transport forever, before entering the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. I’ll tell you about Coventry’s many links with Kings and Queens, and how it was the only city in England whose cathedral was closed down during the reign of Henry VIII. As you walk through the Coventry Cathedral Ruins, you’ll find out how Coventry later became the only English city to have its cathedral destroyed in World War II during the Coventry Blitz. By the time you return to the tour’s starting point, you’ll have heard some of the most gripping stories about Coventry, a modern city with an intriguing past hiding around every corner. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to: • See what’s left of Coventry’s three cathedrals: the original Abbey church of the Benedictine Monastery, (now the Priory Gardens), St Michael’s (which only became a cathedral in 1918, and is now the Cathedral Ruins), and Coventry Cathedral (or Coventry’s new cathedral, the first to be built after the war) • Wander under Coventry’s Blue Glass Bridge, a modern folly, and through Lady Herbert’s Garden • Learn about St Mary’s Guildhall, built in 1340 to form a headquarters for the united guilds of the Holy Trinity • Hear stories about Lady Godiva, various powerful Saxon and Norman earls, and the original Peeping Tom who was struck blind for living up to his name • Gaze up at the two spires of Coventry’s medieval city churches, Holy Trinity Church with its famous doom painting, and St Michael’s in the cathedral ruins, right next door to each other. Find out why one survived the bombing and the other didn’t • Visit the place where the last public execution in Coventry occurred • Find the hidden river which was the source of power for the medieval city • Walk through Cook Street Gate, one of the last surviving gatehouses of Coventry’s city wall Join me on this tour to discover how Coventry has died and risen again like a Phoenix throughout its history, as different industries thrived and declined.


Lifetime access to this tour in English VoiceMap app for Android and iOS Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

Important Information

  • You need to install the VoiceMap smartphone app.
  • You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.
  • This tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next.
  • When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point.
  • This tour is only available in English.

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