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Weekend Breaks to Coventry

Planning a short break to Coventry? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Coventry. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Coventry. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Located at Jordan Well in the heart of the city, the Herbert is the perfect place to learn more about the rich history of Coventry. They host many special events, exhibitions and Childrens activities. The award winning Godiva City telling the story of Lady Godiva, One of the city's famous stories.

This museum will keep you busy for quite a few hours.

for more information visit - www.coventrymuseum.org

Coventry Cathedral

The ancient Cathedral as much of the town was flattened in the German air raids of WW2, but was rebuilt straight away and restored to it's former splendour. Plenty of interesting corners to discover including St Michael's Hall Treasury and St Michael's Tower which can be climbed for amazing views over the city.

For the details there is a site; www.coventrycathedral.org.

Coventry Transport Museum

Millennium Place, Hales Street is where you will find this interesting museum with something to interest most people. Trace the history of the British roads from a century ago, With more than 500 exhibits including cars, motorbikes, bikes, trucks and Land Speed Record cars. There is a tea room and its no charge to go in.

For more information visit www.transport-museum.com

Ryton Organic Gardens

Just outside of the city at Ryton on Dunsmore and easily accessable by public transport. This is the U.Ks centre for organic gardening and features 10 acres of beautiful gardens and displays.There is also a well known restaurant on site that prepares fresh produce grown here.

Talks and Demonstrations are regularly held and details can be obtained at; www.hdra.org.uk

Coventry Canal Art Trail

This is a super walk along the Coventry Canal Basin all the way to Hawkesbury Junction which is about 9kms and along the way you will come across 39 artworks and sculptures by a number of artists.On a nice day this is a most enjoyable waterside walk and can be accessed by wheelchair.

For extra information visit www.visitcoventry.co.uk/canals

Coombe Abbey Mediaeval Banquets

Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road. Book one of these Olde English feasts at this magnificent historic hotel for a night of bawdy fun, song, serving wenches and sumptuous food.You will be expected to participate in the fun, so eat, drink and be merry for tommorow you must work.

Visit the website: www.coombeabbey.com

Lunt Roman Fort

Situated in Baginton a short drive from the city. This Roman fort was reconstructed from the 1st century.Inside the Granary there is an interesting museum depicting Roman life in the area with artefacts found here. A horse training ring is still standing, but much of the site has seen better days, nevertheless its a worthwhile exercise.

For more info; www.coventrymuseum.org.uk

Coventry Canal Basin

The 19th century wharf is a short walk from the city centre and has been well restored. Walking around the area can be a very pleasant trip and one can relax in the Tea Shop and watch the canal boats and barges pass by. There is an office for the Canal Ranger and a newsagents on site.

Britannia Hotel Coventry

This fine hotel stands right next door to the Cathedral in the heart of the city. The smart hotel offers many short break specials that won't break the bank The hotel’s Bar-rogue and Bentley’s Restaurant have tables on Cathedral Square and is a popular choice for lunch or dinner. Most of the attractions are within walking distance.

You can book on the website; www.britanniahotels.com

Shopping

The central district is pedestrianised and has lots of shops to choose from and three large shopping centres Lower Precinct, West Orchards and Cathedral Lanes, with many of the usual line shops and some speciality.Coffee shops, bars, restaurants and pubs abound.Spon Street and the City Arcade are ancient streets and have some unusual shopping opportunities.

A good place to shop till you drop;

For details go to www.visitcoventry.co.uk/visitor/shopping

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St. Mary's Guildhall - Tourist Attraction

This is a real hidden gem, and one of the most important historic buildings in Coventry. A magnificent Guildhall built in the 1340s, with tapestries, armour, ancient furniture and a great cafe in the vaulted undercrofts. Located on Bayley Lane near the ruins of the old Cathedral, and free admission. More details at www.coventry.gov.uk/stmarys

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