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Priory Visitor Centre

6 Priory Row, Coventry CV1 5EX, England
+44 24 7655 2242
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We just happened to walk past on our way back from the cathedral. Fantastically presented... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jo K
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Simply superb!

What a resource for Coventry! An amazing tour of the undercroft with such a knowledgeable guide... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Caroline G
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Step back in time, and explore Coventry's Medieval past at the Priory Visitor Centre, Priory Gardens and Undercrofts. For hundreds of years, the ruins of Coventry's first Cathedral ,originally founded by Earl Leofric and Lady Godiva, lay hidden beneath the city centre. In 1999, the Coventry Archaeological Team and the TV programme 'Time Team' began to excavate the site, uncovering the remains of medieval buildings as well as a stunning 14th century wall painting, and relics from nearly 1000 years of Coventry's history. Today, visitors to the Priory can explore some of the incredible finds from the excavations, discover the amazing story of Coventry's first Cathedral, and walk in the footsteps of our medieval ancestors on a tour of the beautifully preserved Priory Undercrofts.
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6 Priory Row, Coventry CV1 5EX, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We just happened to walk past on our way back from the cathedral. Fantastically presented. Definately recommend

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a resource for Coventry! An amazing tour of the undercroft with such a knowledgeable guide, Darcy. His grasp of facts and figures was amazing, and he was able to answer our questions, all in an informative and interesting way. Do not miss seeing this!...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Our last name is Coventry. So a pilgrimage to Coventry has been routine for generations. This year I took my 8 year old daughter and 11 year old son for a stop over for several hours en route to Scotland. Our first stop ended up...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Having visited Lady Herberts Garden and the Canal Basin, which were very disappointing, we then came across what was the highlight of our Coventry visit, The Priory Visitor Center!. Paul gave us a brief history of Coventry and the Cathedral and then took us around...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

The Tour is great value for money. This is an ideal visit to add on to trips to the Transport Museum and the Cathedral.More

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Paul C, Public Relations Manager at Priory Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2018

Thank you for your kind comments Alan, as we are directly between the Coventry Transport Museum and the two cathedrals we are often welcoming guests from both of these attractions and forwarding people onto the Transport Museum, The Cathedrals and St Marys Guuldhall. All of...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

The Priory Visitors Centre shows medieval ruins that were bombed during the second world war, subsequently build over during the 1950's with ugly concrete, and uncovered a few years ago, so that they can now be explored. Peaceful gardens and well preserved ruins - right...More

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Paul C, Tour Guide at Priory Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thanks for you post Dan. much appreciated. As there are 3 cathedrals in the Cathedral Quarter of Coventry we often get confused with others. 1st Cathedral (That's us) became a Cathedral in 1102, St Marys Benedictine Priory & Cathedral founded by Lady Godiva & Leofric,...More

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

I have visited this place out of curiosity whilst studying in the city. Brother Paul was amazing at explaining the history of the place and you would be surprised to find out that the Priory Visitor Centre was the first Cathedral in Coventry and you...More

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Paul C, Guest Relations Manager at Priory Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

Thank you for your kind words Cristina and review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Priory Visitors Centre and Lady Godiva's Cathedral and Gardens and you felt kind enough to write these words for other people to read. You are welcome back anytime....More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

My 1st visit to Coventry in a long time walking through the shopping centre taking my wife to visit the Cathedral for the first time passing the priory visitor centre I was in desperate need of a toilet I went in to inquire if I...More

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Paul C, Public Relations Manager at Priory Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Dear Peter, I am sorry to hear about your recent visit to the Priory Visitors Centre to ask about using our toilets. I wonder if you can help me? I see from your post that it is dated 12th Nov 2017. The centre was closed...More

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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We've been meaning to visit here for a while as my partner had never been ( I came years ago). We were greeted by Paul who volunteers here (all the staff are volunteers) who was very knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed sharing this, he was amazing!...More

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Paul C, Volunteer Tour Guide at Priory Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Thank you so much for your kind comments. I believe that Coventry has such a story to tell and so much to show. There is 1000 years of history within 1000 yards of the Priory Visitors Centre and I really enjoy bringing history to life...More

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

No one is entirely sure what Coventry Priory looked like. Two things are certain though, it must have spectacular, and it was vast. All that remains today are a few stones from the crypt. However, the visitor centre does offer a chance to see what...More

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Paul C, General Manager at Priory Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Thanks for your review Kevin, We have a CD which recreates the cathedral digitally available if you are interested. Best Regards Paul

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