Although sometimes overlooked as a day trip destination, Coventry is loaded with medieval legend, kooky spirit and plenty of stuff to do. Discover some of the many reasons it was recently awarded the title of UK City of Culture 2021.


From supersonic cars to a legendary nude horseback ride, it might be time to take another look at England’s 10th biggest city. Our trains go from London Euston to Coventry regularly, so it’s easy and affordable to reach. After cruising into Coventry station, where will you head first? Unlike Lady Godiva, we’ve got you covered.


Culture and the Arts

 

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

The first stop on your Coventry tour should be a visit to The Herbert. Feast your eyes on British and European art from the 1500s to the modern ages, or swot up with permanent exhibitions on archaeology, natural history, and artefacts from the city’s own historical archives.



Coventry Transport Museum

Attention, petrolheads! The Coventry Transport Museum has the world’s largest collection of British vehicles and should definitely top your sightseeing itinerary. It’s home to the record-breaking, supersonic, jet-propelled cars Thrust SSC and Thrust 2, which broke world records (and sound barriers) by reaching a whopping 763 miles per hour.



St Michael’s Cathedral

When you visit St. Michael’s Cathedral, you’re getting two cathedrals for the price of one. The old 14th-century cathedral was destroyed in the Second World War, and what’s left can be spotted in the grounds of the new cathedral. After admiring the ruins, pop into the rebuild and enjoy the celebrated architecture and intricately engraved glass wall, the Screen of Saints and Angels.

 


Coventry Transport Museum

Places to Eat

 

Breakfast at Playwrights

Do the most important meal of the day right and head to Playwrights. Whether you’re hungry for the full shebang, some simple toast and jam, or a sausage sarnie, you’ll find something you fancy. The menu caters to vegans, vegetarians, kids and anyone who appreciates a good egg.



Casual Lunch at the Rising Café

Want to eat like a local? Try the Rising Café, a homely little lunch hot spot tucked away inside Coventry Cathedral. Order up home-baked treats or one of their classic lunch dishes and munch away in the charming 1940’s setting.



Date Night at The Artisan Bar & Grill

Where better to have a romantic meal than a Grade II-listed watchmaker’s building on Belgrade Plaza? Although carnivores and herbivores are both welcome at The Artisan Bar and Grill, this eatery is famed for its hand-cut steak selection and Bloody Mary Butter.


Playwrights

Bars & Nightlife

 

Craft Brews at Twisted Barrel Ale

In the mood to knock back a few Coventry-brewed beers? Drop by the Twisted Barrel Ale Tap House at FarGo Village and try one of the 24 beers on draught, or purchase beers to take home and explore their twelve core beers. If you’re feeling nosy, you can book into their brewery tour for a history lesson, complete with beer tasting.



Insta-worthy Cocktails at Samoan Joe’s

Thirsty for something a little more exotic? Head to Samoan Joe’s tiki bar on Spon Street for all your favourite cocktails, served tiki-style. When you’ve finished your drink, why not book yourself into one of Joe’s cocktail masterclasses?


Tudor Chill at the Golden Cross Pub

Wet your whistle in one of the oldest pubs in the Midlands. The Golden Cross pub was built in 1583 and flaunts the features you’d want in a traditional Tudor pub: impressive wooden beams and jettied floors. You’ll find the bar stocked with all your favourites, including real ales.


Twisted Barrel Ale

Outdoor Activities

 

Caludon Castle Park

You might think you’ve seen your fair share of ruins in Coventry, but Caludon Castle Park is legendary… literally. The land was once held by Lady Godiva and it’s claimed that Caludon Castle is where the first ever performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream took place. The picturesque ruins even have a moat.



The Medieval Coventry Spy Mission Treasure Trail

This is sightseeing, kid-style. Download a PDF of the trail, head to the cathedral on Cuckoo Lane, and prepare to start cracking codes, solving mysteries and looking for clues. The walking tour lasts around two hours and covers two miles of Coventry streets.



Adventure Sports

Feeling brave? Get down to Adventure Sports—a 100-acre outdoor centre offering everything from Zorbing and clay pigeon shooting to paintballing and off-roading. They also offer kid-friendly activities like junior karting and treasure hunts, so there’s something to suit adrenaline junkies of all ages.



Go karting in Coventry

Only in Coventry

 

Naked Lady Godiva Clock (Complete with Peeping Tom)

It’s not often you see a giant naked lady riding a white horse. You can find the Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom Clock on Broadgate House, above a newsagents. The naughty clock pays tribute to the legend of Lady Godiva and her naked horse ride through the streets of Coventry in the 11th Century.



St. Mary’s Guildhall

What did royal dinnertime look like in the Middle Ages? Take a trip to St. Mary’s Guildhall and see for yourself. The building serves a fresh helping of the 1300s and is stuffed to the rafters with historic paintings, suits of armour and gorgeous stained glass windows. Admission is free and you’ll also find a café in the undercroft, in case you get peckish while you’re there.



St. Mary’s guildhall

So what are you waiting for? Pack a bag and hop on a train to start your Coventry adventure.
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