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.
Tickets are priced from £5. Pre-booking required. Book early for best prices. If you require a Personal Assistant, their ticket is free of charge. Our official ticketing partner, The Ticket Factory, offers 2 options for booking access tickets. You can either register for free or use the Access Card. To start your registration, please go to accesscard.org.uk/ticket-factory-registration
Step-free access sessions are available daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm.
Relaxed/Wheelchair accessible sessions
Are at the following times:
- Saturday 5 December, 11am
- Thursday 10 December, 3pm
- Sunday 20 December, 11am
- Saturday 26 December, 7pm
- Sunday 3 January, 11am
- Sunday 10 January, 12pm
During these times, wheelchairs are welcome directly onto the ice. No additional equipment is required.
A limited number of skate aids will be available to hire at Coventry Glides at a cost of £2. 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.
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.
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
Visitors should go to the Box Office to collect a wristband for entry to their session. The Box Office is located at the bottom of the steps leading up to Coventry Cathedral Ruins from University Square.
There is also step-free access from the Box Office via a ramp from University Square.
There are two entrances for visitors. The Yellow entrance requires climbing the Queen’s steps (the 18 steps leading from Coventry Cathedral’s entrance up to Coventry Cathedral Ruins). The Blue entrance, under the bell tower, has step-free access. If you need step-free access, we recommend booking onto a Blue session.
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, if you are only accompanied by people in your bubble.
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.
If you have any questions or requests regarding access, please email [email protected] or call 02476 998 221.