Historic buildings - Blue Coat School and the Priory Visitor and Gardens

Priory Gardens and visitor centre.

Building name

Blue Coat School and The Priory Visitor Centre and Gardens


For hundreds of years the ruins of Coventry's first Cathedral lay hidden beneath the City Centre. 'The Phoenix Initiative', Coventry's Millennium project, gave archaeologists the opportunity to excavate this important site. For several years the remains of many of the medieval buildings were uncovered. Some of the ruins have been reburied for their protection but gardens have been designed over them to reflect the archaeology below. The garden built over the site of the cloister includes the new Visitor Centre which, not only houses some of the incredible finds from the excavation, but also tells the story of this amazing part of Coventry.

Bluecoat School overlooks the Priory gardens, and is generally closed to the public, except for Heritage Open Weekend, on the second Saturday/Sunday every September.

The Visitor Centre is free to enter. The Centre shop are accessible to wheelchairs.

Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm and Sundays 12noon – 4.00pm.


Priory Row


024 7655 2242


024 7683 2410


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