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Priory Visitor Centre


Explore the remains of Coventry’s 1st Cathedral as featured on seen on two Time Team programmes by Channel 4. Lady Godiva & Leofric the Earl of Mercia endowed St Marys Benedictine Priory in 1043 and it became the cities 1st Cathedral in 1102. The Chapterhouse in Coventry was the site of the Parliament of the Dummies in 1404 and The Parliament of the Devils in 1459 during the Wars of the Roses.
This was the only cathedral in the country destroyed as part of King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. Robbed of the lead and stone, it lay underground until 1999 when it was rediscovered and excavated to create Lady Godiva’s Gardens, The Priory Visitors Centre, The Cloisters and the hidden remains of The Priory Undercrofts all in Coventry’s Cathedral Quarter.
We are currently open Thursday to Saturday and have guided tours of the Priory Undercrofts at 12,1,2 and 3pm for a suggested donation of £3 for Adults and £1.50 for children.

Opening times

Mon-Wed: By appointment

Thu-Sat: 11AM-3:30 PM

Sun: Closed


Award Winning Disabled Access

Children welcome

Coach Parties Welcome

Conference/Event Room for hire.

Family Friendly

Gift Shop

Groups Welcome

Tea/Coffee on site

Toilets on site.


6 Priory Row,


024 7655 2242