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St John the Baptist Church - Heritage Open Days 2018

13 September 2018 - 16 September 2018 Every day
  • Location: St John the Baptist Church, Fleet Street, CV1 3AY
  • Time: 10:00 - 16:30
  • Cost: FREE

This striking Grade 1 collegiate church was described by Sir Gilbert Scott, the eminent Victorian architect as possibly the most beautiful church in the Country.


Its history is unique with many points of interest including a Royal foundation dating from 1342.
Renowned for being the origin of the phrase 'sent to Coventry' it also boasts the relic of St Valentine, a rare memento when 15th century monks promoted the idea that St George was born in Coventry. The church also has a remarkable World War I memorial. Visitors can enjoy stained glass, carvings, altar pieces, green men, grotesque's and the spectacular east window that fills this jewel in Coventry's medieval crown.

Guided tours available and special children's guided tour on request. Meet Queen Isabella and walk on one of the few raised graveyards in Coventry. 

Opening Times

  • Thursday 13 September: 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 14 September: 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 15 September: 10am - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 16 September: 11.15am - 4.30pm

Booking Details

No booking required


On street parking outside church (cost applies).

Additional Information

Max 20 people per tour/session. With the nature of the building there are areas where access is awkward but there is sufficient wheelchair friendly access areas to compensate. The raised graveyards can prove problematic in areas. If you would like to book a specific time for a tour to fit in with other tours you can contact 07757 942420 or email, otherwise you can just turn up.


Coventry city centre venue situated on the corner of Spon Street and Corporation Street.

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