Medieval visitor centre on cathedral ruins reopens

A heritage visitor attraction showcasing Coventry's medieval ruins has reopened after being let by a students' union.

The Priory Visitor Centre was officially reopened by Coventry University Students' Union (CUSU) on Tuesday

The city-centre site was built over the remains of Coventry's first cathedral, which was consecrated in 1043.

It closed in 2016 after a council grant was withdrawn, before being reopened by a community group, only to close again in 2019.

The Priory Visitor Centre
The Priory Undercrofts form part of the site

The historical site was excavated more than 20 years ago by city archaeologists working with TV programme Time Team.

The Priory of St Mary's, built by Lady Godiva and Leofric, earl of Mercia, was home to an abbot and a community of monks.

The centre and undercroft will be open for tours.

CUSU will use the venue for training events and it will be available to be booked by community groups.

The space also serves as the new base for EnV, a firm which provides support for events.

CUSU chief executive, John Abell, said he was "delighted" to open the attraction.

"We have an exciting programme of events planned from history book clubs to monthly heritage open days in the Undercrofts," he added.