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Coventry Cathedral Ruins conservation work put on hold for peregrine falcons but visitors still welcome

Tristan Harris 19th May, 2021 Updated: 19th May, 2021

CONSERVATION work at Coventry’s Cathedral Ruins has been put on hold after the discovery of peregrine falcons in the tower.

The venue opened on Monday and a crash deck has been installed around the tower means so visitors during the UK City of Culture year and residents will be able to see the popular attraction in all its glory and attend events scheduled to take place there.

Peregrine falcons have nested in the Cathedral Ruins tower for the past ten years and work will resume once their young are safely hatched.

A programme of outdoor events to be held this summer to coincide with the culture year will be announced shortly.

Dean of Coventry, the very Rev John Witcombe said: “We are really pleased to have found a way of reopening the Ruins safely so that we can play a full part in the City of Culture year and welcome visitors to our iconic outdoor space.

“We know we will need to spend more money on the spire in the late summer and we are actively seeking funding to enable that.”

Coventry Cathedral is a major tourist attraction, welcoming thousands of visitors every year from all over the world who come to see the dramatic contrast of the Ruins and the New Cathedral.

The ruins were preserved as a memorial and sacred space for the city, following the destruction during Second World War bombing.

The tower climb will be unavailable until the conservation work has been completed in the autumn.

Anyone wanting to support the ongoing maintenance of the Coventry Cathedral Ruins should visit coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite/support-us/ .

The fund-raising will help support the iconic ruins’ upkeep and help enable the events programme and the space open for people to enjoy all year round.

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