Coventry Travel Guide
Coventry Local History
This is the birthplace of the famous Lady Godiva, and her ride down the street in her birthday suit covered only by her golden hair, in a determined drive to make her husband reduce taxes. He did. You go girl!
Coventry destroyed or damaged 43,000 homes and reduced to ruins the magnificent medieval St Michaels cathedral. Coventry affords the visitor such attractions as a world-class motor museum, Basil Spence's astonishing new cathedral, an immense entertainment and leisure complex, and a number of new bars and eateries in the Cathedral Quarter.
St Mary's Guildhall Standing in the heart of Coventry for over 650 years, St Mary's Cathedral has witnessed great history, serving as King Henry VI court while the Wars of the Roses was being played out, and as prison for Mary, Queen of Scots. Although it did suffer some damage in WWII it came through the blitz with some scarring but remained standing as it does today.
Holy Trinity Church As one of England's biggest medieval parish church's, Holy Trinity has been around since 1113, and even though a fire destroyed most of the Norman building in 1257, the inner north porch survived and is regarded as the oldest section of the original building. Other calamities befell the church, such as the great storm in 1666 that caused the spire and part of the tower to collapse, and the minor damage of the Blitz of World War Two, but the church has always restored and is open for business as usual in the new millennium.
Lunt Roman Fort Visit the site occupied by the Roman Army in 64AD after the Boudiccan rebellion. The fort has been partially reconstructed and one of its most interesting features is that of a large circular 'gyrus', which was the training ring for the cavalry. The ancient site gives modern man and insight to the goings on in Roman military life.
The Toy Museum - Housed in the 14th century Whitefriars Monastery gatehouse, this is the most perfect place to take the kids for entertainment and education that is right up their alley, with a collection of toys and games dating from 1740-1951.
Cathedral When you go to Coventry be sure to go and see the cathedral. It is very peaceful and relaxing and you would never think that you were in the town centre of Coventry because its just so quiet in the Cathedral grounds. It really is lovely, and I would recommend it very much.
submitted by Jayne Louise Nixon., 11/06/05
Coventry Parks & Gardens
Memorial Park Located on Kennilworth Road, this beautiful park has a number of amenities that provide relaxation or exercise, with tennis courts, bowling greens, and golf. It also has play areas for the children, benches for the tired, a cafeteria for the hungry and toilets for those who gotta go.
Allesley Park Located on Allesley Hall Drive, This is another park where you can take your children for a day of fun, with play areas, crazy golf, pitch and putt, for their energy, and benches and a walled garden for your peaceful relaxation
Coombe Country Park On Brinklow Road, this park has four hundred acres of gardens, lakes, and woodland, where you can do a spot of bird watching or take a guided tour with a Ranger who will uncover a secret world you never dreamed of.
Caludon Castle Park Located on Farren Road, this quiet park has the ruins of a castle and moat, as well as a children's playground.
Coventry Restaurants and Bars
Pizza Piazza 33 Jury Street, enjoy a taste of Italy in the middle of England. This pizza place also serves vegetarian food and offers good value for your money.
The Shilton Arms Church Road, come here for pub grub, fast food and just plain wholesome fare, as well as vegetarian meals, and all at great value for the family.
O'Brian's Sandwich Bar Sherbourne Arcade, this interesting place will fascinate your kids, built as it is off the arcade and resembling a space port it is connected by a bridge to the rest of the world.
The Cosy Cottage Ryley Street, cosy, comfy, and excellent food cooked by one of the finest chefs in England, make this one of the better restaurants in Coventry.
Coventry Bars & Clubs
Phoenix Whitefriars Street, the drinks are reasonably priced at this typical English pub that is located in this historical part of town. Across the street from the University, students and faculty members alike frequent it.
The Barras House Hotel Swancroft Road, this child friendly place also puts on some great meals that are well within the reach of the average family man's pocket.
Hare & Hounds Located in Keresley, this traditional pub in the country puts on some great meals that are not expensive, has real ales and friendly staff who make the atmosphere warm and welcoming. What more could you want?
The Old Windmill Located in Medieval Spon Street, this medieval pub serves great lunches, for the carnivores as well as the veggies, and offers value for your money.
Top 10 things to do in Coventry for a weekend.
- Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
- Coventry Cathedral
- Coventry Transport Museum
- Ryton Organic Gardens
- Coventry Canal Art Trail
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