Coventry Cathedral Ruins
Sun 5 Dec 2021 to Thu 6 Jan 2022
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Coventry Glides Accessible Skating

Sun 5 Dec 2021 to Thu 6 Jan 2022
Coventry Cathedral Ruins
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Due to the high winds forecast for Saturday 27 November, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all skating at Coventry Glides on that day, and to close the site.

While we are disappointed to close, the safety of our skaters, vendors and staff is of the utmost importance. We will be contacting those who have booked tickets for 27 November very shortly to offer alternative sessions. We look forward to welcoming you back onto the ice very soon.

Back by popular demand!

Get your skates on and glide into the festive season as Coventry Glides returns.

We want everyone to enjoy skating in the Ruins this festive period. We understand that if you have access requirements, you might not be sure if the ice rink is for you. We're committed to ensuring people with additional support or access needs are catered for, at this and all of our events. 

These accessible skating sessions offer improved access for those who require it, including fewer people on the ice; quieter music; and ear defenders available. Access stewards will also be working at these sessions. We offer free essential companion tickets which can be booked by emailing [email protected], by calling on 07842 312886, or in person at the Coventry 2021 Shop.

If you have specific access requirements, please email [email protected].

This magical ice-skating experience in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral is a festive day out for all the family, with food and drink options available too.

Tickets start at just £5 (limited availability) so make sure you book early for best prices. Skate hire is included in the ticket price. Get a warm feeling inside with a delicious hot drink and cake before or after your skating session, add on to your booking for just £4.50.

We recommend you wear gloves on the ice and thick socks. Skaters must be aged 5 or above, and skaters under 12 years old must be accompanied by a skating adult.

Accessible Skating Sessions

Sat 27 Nov - 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Sun 5 Dec - 4pm
Thu 16 Dec - 5pm
Wed 22 Dec - 5pm
Thu 6 Jan - 5pm

Visit the Coventry Glides page for Rules of Admission and further information.

Coventry Glides is brought to you by Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry City Council with support from Coventry Business Improvement District

Access information

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We want everyone to enjoy skating in the ruins this festive period. We understand that if you have access requirements, you might not be sure if the ice rink is for you. We're committed to ensuring people with additional support or access needs are catered for, at this and all of our events. Get in touch with us before your visit if you have any questions or to let us know how we can make your experience memorable.

Booking tickets

Tickets are priced from £5. Pre-booking recommended. Book early for best prices. If you require a Personal Assistant, their ticket is free of charge.  

Accessible sessions

All sessions have step-free access.

Skate aids

A limited number of skate aids will be available to hire at Coventry Glides at a cost of £4. These can be paid for when you arrive to the venue for your session. We recommend arriving early as they are issued on a first-come-first-served basis.
Getting there 

The venue, Coventry Cathedral Ruins, is on Priory Street which has a wide pavement. On the other side of the Cathedral, in Cuckoo Lane and Bayley Lane, there are many cobbled pathways and limited dropped kerbs. 

There is a 200-metre step-free walk from Pool Meadow bus station. 

Visitors can be dropped off at University Square and Priory Lane. 

Accessible parking

There is no car parking at Coventry Cathedral Ruins. The nearest car park is Grove Street car park which is located underneath the ring road. There are two Blue Badge parking bays on Bayley Lane which are first-come-first-served and a 110-metre step-free walk from the box office.

Accessing the venue 

The entrance is under the bell tower and has step-free access. 

While you’re here 

Coventry Cathedral Ruins is entirely outdoors, so we recommend dressing warmly and checking the weather before your visit. 

There are accessible toilets under the Queen’s steps (leading from Coventry Cathedral entrance up to the Coventry Cathedral Ruins). 

There are three fire exit routes out of the venue. One has steps, and the other two are step-free. 

Each session lasts one hour, which includes 40 minutes of skating time. 

There will be music playing during sessions, at a maximum of 85 dB. There will be locker areas which will be quieter than on the ice. 

You are free to leave and re-enter the venue during your session.

There will be colour wash lighting and moving lights around the ice. 

There will be light refreshments available for purchase. Staff will make adjustments to serve disabled guests. 

Assistance dogs can stay with their owners in the venue but are not allowed on the ice. Water bowls will be available, but if you think your assistance dog will need anything while they’re here, please bring this along. We can look after assistance dogs if necessary whilst you skate. 

All staff at the venue will be given accessibility training. If you require any assistance our staff will try their best to help. 

Anything else? 

If you have any questions or requests regarding access, please email [email protected] or call 07842 312886. 


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