Located just an hour away from Birmingham city centre, Coventry is a university city located in the very heart of England, in the Midlands region. Famous for football and motor-cross racing, Coventry is home to a wonderful cathedral.
Connected by good transport links, it has plenty on offer. Some of the best things to do in Coventry include the Coventry Transport Museum and St Mary’s Guild Hall.
1. Coventry Transport Museum
As Coventry’s leading tourist attraction, the Coventry Transport Museum is a popular exhibition, for both travellers and British motor lovers. It houses the world’s largest collection of British made cars and engines and throughout the year, hosts different events and interactive exhibitions. Be sure to check out their website to help plan your visit!
What makes the Coventry Transport Museum even better is that admission is free! They are open from 10am-4pm, every day of the year, except Christmas Day and New Years Day. The light and open exhibition hall features some impressive machinery, making it a great day out for families and couples, alike.
Coventry Transport Museum
Address: Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 1JD,
Website: Coventry Transport Museum
2. War Memorial Park
The War Memorial Park in Coventry is a large, grassy parkland area, in the centre of the city, built to commemorate the lives of soldiers from the city who fought in World War I. Established in 1927, the park is open to the public, every day. It features some wonderfully manicured garden areas, that are full of blossoms and blooms in the summer months.
The War Memorial Park is a great place to come on a sunny afternoon, especially if you bring a picnic. Throughout the year, there are a number of festivals hosted in the park, namely, the Godiva Festival, the Caribbean Festival and the Donkey Derby. The park has flat tarmac paths that make for a smooth running track.
War Memorial Park
Address: Kenilworth Rd, Coventry CV3 6PT
Website: War Memorial Park
3. Coventry Cathedral
The mark of a city in the UK, amongst many other things, is whether or not it has a cathedral. Coventry, in this sense, is a true British city, for it does in fact, house a cathedral. Coventry Cathedral’s formal name is the Cathedral Church of St Micheal and it is considered one of the oldest religious-based reconciliations centres, in the world.
The architecture of the Coventry Cathedral is something to behold, built in a modernist style, it is unlike many other British cathedrals. It is open for worshippers and visitors to enjoy and the cathedral holds event nights on a regular basis, so check out their website to see what’s on.
Address: Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB
Website: Coventry Cathedral
4. Coombe Abbey Country Park
Coombe Abbey Country Park is a local’s favourite spot and of a weekend you will find many young families out enjoying the park’s lush green landscape. Just a short drive from the city centre sees you arrive at the park, welcomed by the ducks and swans, who spend their days cruising on the river. There is a paint your own pottery studio here, an information station and a small cafe.
Coombe Abbey Country Park
Address: Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB
Website: Coombe Abbey Country Park
5. The Coventry Music Museum
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For lovers of all things musical, be sure to visit the Coventry Music Museum. The museum tells the story of music development, through the ages, way back to Roman times! The museum features exhibits that commemorate the life and work of the most influential artists from rock ’n’ roll, including those from the 50s and the Beat scene of the 60s.
The Coventry Music Museum often hosts live music events, especially on the weekends. Look at their website before you visit to find out what’s happening when you’re in town! They are proud to support home-grown talent too, so you may end up seeing a band before they get famous!
The Coventry Music Museum
Address: 80 Walsgrave Rd, Coventry CV2 4ED
Website: The Coventry Music Museum
6. St. Mary's Guildhall
St. Mary’s Guildhall is now more of an events venue for weddings and private parties, than it is a historical monument. When it isn’t hired out for a private event, be sure to pop in and explore its interesting history. The stain glass windows here are arguably more impressive than those at the Coventry Cathedral! Take a wander around and try and find the elephant in the glass!
St. Mary's Guildhall
Address: Bayley Ln, Coventry CV1 5RN
Website: St. Mary’s Guildhall
7. Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve
It’s fair to say that Coventry isn’t the most vibrant of cities, so if you find yourself tiring of the concrete jungle take a trip to the Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, to get some nature back into your system! The reserve features a small portion of the River Avon, which runs right through Warwickshire County. It hosts a visitor centre too, where you can plan out your walking route before you set off and find out about the flora and fauna that can be found in the reserve.
Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve
Address: Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry CV3 3GW,
Website: Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve
8. Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery and Tap House
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Claiming to be ‘more folk than punk’, the Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery and Tap House is one of Coventry’s newest ale houses and is changing the game, in the area. Fast becoming the go-to pint for locals, the Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery and Tap House is a fun (and boozy) way to spend an afternoon! The tap house is open daily for tours and the brewers are only too happy to explain the brewing process to their visitors. Make sure you try a glass or two!
Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery and Tap House
Address: FarGo Village, Far Gosford St, Coventry CV1 5ED
9. Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Located on Jordon Well, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum is a bright, open and inviting space, filled with wonderful art work and historical artefacts. As Coventry’s leading art gallery, this stop is a must visit for lovers of fine artwork and painting. The gallery regularly hosts events and temporary exhibitions, that are always varied and fascinating in their own way!
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Address: Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP, UK
Website: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
If you have ever wanted to fly an airplane, but never had the guts, now is your chance to try! The Jet Simulator Experience at Coventry Airport is a great chance to test out your pilot skills. In this hour and a half experience, you will learn how to fly a Boeing 737 and 747 airplane, in a true to life simulator. After the experience is over, you’ll be invited to take a look at the centre’s collection of aircraft.
Fly a Real Jet Simulator Around the World at Coventry Airport
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Let's go to Cov!
Coventry, locally known simply as “Cov” has so much on offer! At first glance, it may seem like a bit of a concrete jungle, but whether you’re a music lover, art fanatic, engine enthusiast or a fan of a good, locally brewed ale, suffice it to say, your visit to Coventry will be great fun!
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