The site will open for the first time 80 years after a local businessman left it to the city

The remains of a monastery founded in 1385 by Richard II, and the spectacular wall paintings added in later centuries, will open to the public for the first time almost 80 years after being left to the people of Coventry by a wealthy local businessman.

A grant of £4.3m from the heritage lottery fund to be announced on Monday will leave the preservation trust which now owns the Charterhouse, a complex of medieval and later Grade I listed buildings surrounded by 70 acres of parkland, within sight of its fundraising target for restoration. It is planned to open in 2020 with a visitor centre, cafe, and recreations of the modest cells of the Carthusian monks, in the run-up to Coventry taking on the City of Culture title in 2021.

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