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Birthplace of the British motor industry and famous for its ‘three spires’, Coventry is an innovative city surrounded by idyllic Warwickshire countryside. Having survived massive damage during the Second World War, the city has gone on to become a lively cosmopolitan nerve center, with superb shopping, dining, and evening entertainment. With good transport links into nearby historical hotspots Kenilworth, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, the city is a well equipped base to get out and explore the best that Warwickshire has to offer.

Things to see

Coventry Cathedral is one of the city’s main attractions, both the newer, intact cathedral, and the one destroyed during World War Two. If the tragic grandeur of old ruins fascinates you, then take a trip into nearby Kenilworth and visit the famous castle. Once owned by Queen Elizabeth I’s beau, Sir Robert Dudley, Kenilworth Castle is steeped in the richest of histories. If you’re more about the here and now however, then take a seat at the world class Ricoh Arena. Hosting huge musical artists and sporting events, there’s always something exciting afoot. If R&R is more your cup of tea, you could do worse than Coombe Abbey Country Park. With 500 acres of gardens, woodland, and genteel amenities, it’s a slice of green and floral heaven. You can’t be ‘sent to Coventry’ without checking out the Transport Museum. Paying homage to innovations in motoring, the museum takes visitors through 150 nostalgic years of transport.

Hotels in Coventry

Hotels in Coventry are plentiful, with something to suit everyone’s taste and purse. Those with a mid-range budget can expect the comfortable familiarity of chain hotels, whilst guest houses and B&Bs present more homely options. There’s a healthy selection of cheap hotels in Coventry too, offering great deals for central locations. Said to have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s description of the idyllic Shire, the Warwickshire countryside offers a quintessentially English alternative for those looking for a quieter stay. Luxury in the country comes in the form of characterful manor houses, complete with antique four-poster beds and opulent décor.

Where to stay

A hotel in Coventry city center keeps you within good range of the city’s best attractions and amenities. What’s more, you’ll be close to the bus and train stations, making visits into neighboring areas of the West Midlands and Warwickshire that bit more convenient. The bustling city center itself offers something for every visitor. Shopping can be enjoyed on the high street and West Orchards shopping center, whilst Coventry Market is a haven for those that like to snare a bargain. An eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and clubs are scattered throughout the center, along with Coventry’s top museums and galleries.

How to get to

Birmingham International Airport is the closest airport to the city, now that Coventry Airport no longer provides scheduled passenger flights. For visitors landing at Birmingham, getting into the city is quick and easy, with frequent trains running direct from the airport to the city center in around 10 to 15 minutes. Coventry Railway Station is also well connected to other major cities in the UK for those travelling by train. With routes operated by Virgin, a journey from London Euston to Coventry will take between 1 hour and 1 hour and 45 minutes. Reaching the city by car is simple enough, with the M6 passing just north of the city.

When are the best times to travel to Coventry?

Coventry’s pleasantly warm summers provide the best time to visit the city, particularly if you want to see the surrounding Warwickshire countryside in its all its green and rolling glory. Coventry’s biggest event is undoubtedly the Godiva Festival in July. The UK’s largest free family festival, the 3-day event plays host to big name and independent musical acts, and features crafts, food and comedy, too. If you book well in advance, it’s possible to bag good value Coventry hotel deals throughout the year.

What are the top must-see attractions in Coventry?

Built during the 14th and 15th centuries, the ruined Cathedral of St. Michael is Coventry’s most recognisable landmark. The Gothic church was mostly destroyed during the 1940 Coventry Blitz, leaving behind its dramatic outer walls, tower and spire. Just next door, sits the newer cathedral. Constructed during the 50s and 60s, it features eye-catching post-war modern architecture and glistening stained glass windows and houses the “Victory over the Devil” sculpture. Just outside Coventry in Baginton, you’ll find the Lunt Roman Fort, a reconstruction of a fortification that existed there around AD 60.

What are the best types of restaurants and food in Coventry?

Coventry offers something for absolutely everyone when it comes to food, from cosy cafés and budget-friendly takeaway joints, to British chain name favourites and super swanky restaurants. Almost every taste is catered for, with cuisines ranging from British and Italian, to Indian, Thai and Caribbean, too. Outside the city, you’ll also find plenty of old country pubs, many of which serve up traditional English dishes such as pie and mash and steaming hot roast dinners.

What are the top things to do in Coventry?

Coventry offers plenty to fill your itinerary, from football at the Ricoh Arena and ice hockey at the Sky Dome, to big brand shopping at the glossy West Orchards Mall. There’s also theatre and artwork at the Warwick Arts Centre, whilst the surrounding Warwickshire is dotted with historic attractions, including Warwick and Kenilworth castles. Most visitors, however, make a beeline for the British Transport Museum, which displays 100s of vintage vehicles, including land speed record breakers Thrust2 and ThrustSSC.

What are some fun facts about Coventry?

Coventry’s biggest claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of the British motor industry. Many big motor brands started right here, including Jaguar, Land Rover and Triumph. JRR Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was also from the region, and the Warwickshire countryside is believed to have inspired the idyllic Hobbiton. Coventry also has its own musical heritage. The Specials are one of the biggest bands to emerge from the city, best known for their No.1 hits “Too Much Too Young” and “Ghost Town”.

What kinds of public transport are there in Coventry?

Whilst most attractions are situated within the city centre, which is easily navigable by foot, there’s plenty of public transport in Coventry to make getting about quicker. Stagecoach and National Express buses service most of the city, as well as neighbouring towns like Kenilworth, Warwick, and Leamington Spa – all of which offer their own attractions. If you want to visit nearby Birmingham, Coventry Railway Station can whisk you there in around 30 minutes or so.