Coventry

Coventry is a large city in the West Midlands region of England, part of the United Kingdom. It has a population of just over 300,000, making it the eleventh largest city in the country.

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Coventry Cathedral

The mediaeval Gothic Cathedral of St Michael was built in the late 14th-early 15th century, but largely destroyed by the German Luftwaffe on the night of 14 November 1940 in an incendiary bombing raid - only the tower, spire and outer walls remained. A new cathedral was built 1956-1962 next to the old (which now forms a memorial garden) to a design by Basil Spence. The cathedral is noted for its striking post-war modern design, the large tapestry of Christ enthroned, its innovative stained glass windows and various items of sculpture. These include (on the façade) the striking sculpture of ''St Michael's Victory over the Devil'' by Sir Jacob Epstein. Recent archaeological digs have uncovered the remains of the original monastic settlement founded by Lord Leofric in 1043, these have been incorporated into the priory gardens and an interpretive centre exhibits some notable finds.

SEE   —  Cathedral Quarter

Spon Street

A historic street that was once part of an important trade route from London to Shrewsbury and Holyhead. In the 18th century it was one of the world's major centres of watchmaking. Since the end of the Second World War the street has halved in length due to the construction of the city's ring-road. Some historic buildings that survived the Coventry Blitz were relocated here in the 1960s. Today the street is home to 26 shops and forms a large concentration of the city's medieval structures.

SEE   —  Central Coventry


Godiva Festival

A music festival that lasts for three days, commonly taking place in early July. The 2013 event saw record attendance, with 125,000 visits recorded. The blossoming Coventry music scene means that the calibre of the bands scheduled each year seems to be getting higher and higher, and therefore, the Festival is steadily making a name for itself. The Godiva Festival is surely an event pencilled in any true Coventrian's diary.

DO   —  War Memorial Park

Lunt Roman Fort

Based in the nearby village of Baginton, this is a partial reconstruction of a Roman fort that stood on the site from c. 60 - 80 CE, erected in response to Boudicca's revolt. Exhibits include a museum of Roman period life (based on finds excavated at the site between 1965 and 1973), a model of the fort and occasional full costume re-enactments of Roman military manoeuvres.



West Orchards

A large indoor shopping centre with more than 40 retail shops largely dedicated to clothing and accessories. There is parking for 650 cars with electric charging outlets on the fifth floor, and a food court that seats more than 700. Although popular all-year-round, it can get particularly busy during the festive season. Parking costs from £1 for 1 hour to £6 for 5 hours.


Coventry City F.C.

The city's only football team in the top four divisions of English football, currently playing in League One. Nicknamed the ''Sky Blues'', they contest the M69 derby with Leicester City F.C. They returned to the Ricoh Arena after spending the 2013–14 season in exile at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton after disagreements about rent with the Ricoh Arena.

DO   —  Ricoh Arena


St. Mary's Guildhall

A medieval guildhall built in the 14th century located just across the way from the Cathedral ruins. A notable visitor was Mary, Queen of Scots, who was stayed here when she was detained in Coventry in 1569. The room she was traditionally thought to have stayed in is open. Also includes Godiva Café, a café-restaurant, open 11am-3pm year-round.

SEE   —  +44 24 7683-3328 —  Bayley Lane

Coventry Market

Full of independent traders manning the 170 stalls that occupy this rotunda. The traders are mainly dedicated to selling fresh food, of which the fruit and vegetables are always high quality. The staff are friendly and personable, providing the market with a more human element which contrasts with the hustle and bustle found elswhere.



War Memorial Park

A park which opened in 1921 as a tribute to the city's fallen soldiers of the First World War. Receives over 400,000 visitors per year. Contains many sporting facilities including tennis courts, football pitches and a bowls green, as well as a cenotaph, themed gardens, an aviary, a children's play area and two cafés.

SEE   —  Kenilworth Road

Dragon Phoenix

A bright restaurant offering Chinese, Indian and Italian buffet cuisines. The number of meals can appear a bit thin especially compared to other buffet restaurants, and the vegetarian food options available are sometimes less than stellar. However, the quality of the other dishes is seldom below good.


Royal Court Hotel

The Royal Court Hotel operates out of a Grade II-listed building approximately 3 miles from the city centre. There 210 rooms, with some having pleasant views of the Coventry countryside. Access to the adjoining Spindles Coventry Health Club & Gym is an additional £10 per person per stay.


Allesley Park

A large park in the western suburbs which originally opened as a deer park in the 13th century. It has been awarded a Green Flag awarded, certifying its excellent credentials as a park. Facilities include a golf and crazy golf course, a children's play area and a walled garden.


Snax in the City

A city centre greasy spoon café with big portions. Plesantly staffed, they offer a wide choice of hot and cold meals for either eating-in or taking out. The value of the food is this place's strongest aspect; in respect of this, some of the food may appear distinctly average.


Wasps RFC

The city's newest sporting attraction, this rugby union side moved from the London area to the Ricoh Arena, which they now own outright, in December 2014. Members of the Aviva Premiership, Wasps have been six times English champions and twice European club champions.

DO   —  Ricoh Arena

Coventry Farmers' Market

Held on the third Friday of every month, the Farmers' Market brings a bit of rural flavour into the city centre. There is usually a good range of produce on offer, as well as hot and cold takeaway snacks. Some of the items for sale can be a bit expensive however.

BUY   —  Broadgate

The Ricoh Arena

A multi-purpose venue hosting sporting events, music concerts and business exhibitions. Home to the football club [http://www.ccfc.co.uk/index.aspx Coventry City] and the rugby union side [http://www.wasps.co.uk Wasps], the latter of which now owns the stadium.


Bombay Joe's

Bombay Joe's is very highly rated amongst Coventrians, offering a range of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. Look beyond its location in the less prosperous part of Coventry and you will find a rich culinary experience. Their chairs are also rather comfortable.


Turmeric Gold

Stylishly themed Indian restaurant within in a medieval building, Turmeric Gold boasts authentic Indian food and helpful and patient staff. Waiting times for food may sometimes be long, but the quality of the food makes up for it. Perfect for an evening out.


SkyDome Arena

A multipurpose centre for public ice-skating, ice dancing and home to the [http://www.coventryblaze.co.uk/ Coventry Blaze] and [http://www.phoenix-hockey.co.uk/ Coventry Phoenix] ice hockey teams. Also houses [http://www.odeon.co.uk/ a multiplex cinema].

SEE   —  +44 24 7663-0674 —  Croft Road

The Lower Precinct

The lower precinct was completed in the 1950s as part of the redevelopment plan of Coventry after heavy wartime bombing. It is home to a variety of retail shops across two floors, ranging from Next to Poundworld, as well as a coffee bar, the Caffe Nero.


Etna Ristorante

A cheap and quiet little Italian joint in central Coventry. The restaurant doesn't look like much either from the outside or on the inside, but it offers good food at little expense, although the meal quality and the portion size are lacking slightly.


Warwick Arts Centre

Situated on the University of Warwick campus, it is the second largest arts complex in the UK, with regular leading theatre, film, music, comedy tours, dance events and more. There are also two bars, a café, and a bookshop with over 30,000 titles.


Britannia Hotel Coventry

It is located amidst the hustle and bustle of Coventry's city centre adjacent to the city's two cathedrals. It offers 211 bedrooms, a restaurant, a bar and conference facilities for 450 people. Pets are allowed (rate: £25 per pet per stay).


Coombe Country Park

A 500 acre site located on the eastern extremities of Coventry, about 4 miles (6.4km) from the city centre. It contains woodland, gardens, scenic walks, birdwatching opportunities and a reasonably priced café, and is worth the trip out.


Whittle Arches

An impressive pair of arches spanning 60m across Hales Street, opposite the Coventry Transport Museum. They were built as part of a regeneration scheme in the area and named after the Coventry-born jet engine pioneer Sir Frank Whittle.


Coventry Canal Art Trail

A set of 39 pieces of art inspired by local history and contemporary culture that make up a 5-mile outdoor gallery. As there are several pubs along the route that can be used to relax, the trail does not have to be done non-stop.


Ramada Coventry

It may not look fancy from the outside, but Ramada Coventry features an impressive array of rooms and facilities, particularly for the business traveller. It is ideally located within walking distance of Coventry city centre.


Ristorante San Marco

Set amongst less affluent establishments, San Marco stands out from the crowd. High quality Italian and Sicilian food is on the menu, although the prices may be more eye-watering than the food is mouth-watering.


Chi Bar

A tiny place offering Chinese, Japanese and Korean food. There is limited seating inside given the small floor space. The meals with pork are particularly popular, and the milk tea is well worth a try.


The Styvechale

The Styvechale is part of the Harvester chain of restaurants, with a variety of good British food available for eating. The service can be slow at times, and the bar leaves something to be desired.


Zorbaz

The best Greek restaurant in the city, and the prices reflect this. Visit at the right time and you might hear a musician playing Greek songs and the waiters treating you to some Greek dancing.


Coventry Transport Museum

A museum hosting the largest collection of British road transport in the world with over 230 cars and commercial vehicles, 250 cycles and 90 motorcycles. Closed 24–26 December and 1 January.


Brandon Stadium

A small stadium in the nearby village of Brandon, Warwickshire, hosting motorcycle speedway ([http://www.coventrymotorspeedway.com the Coventry Bees]) and greyhound racing.


Lady Godiva Statue

A statue commemorating the legend that the 11th century Lady Godiva rode nude on horseback through the city in protest of excessive taxes imposed by her husband, Leofric.

SEE   —  Broadgate

Lake View Park

A scenic park used for wildlife conservation. Despite its name no lake actually exists within the park, although it does have the river Sherbourne flowing through it.


Belgrade Theatre

A live performance venue with a 1,158 seating capacity. It was the first civic theatre to be built after the Second World War and is now a Grade II listed building.


Habibi

Better Lebanese food will not be found in Coventry. The atmosphere and the staff are as equally inviting. One downside is the service being a bit on the slow side.


Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Moderately large local museum with exhibits on local and natural history. Has exhibits related to Lady Godiva and the Coventry Blitz, among other things.

SEE   —  +44 24 7683-2386 —  Jordan Well

Premier Inn

Highly rated and very conveniently placed for those wishing to check out the Belgrade Theatre. Parking is available at an additional cost.


Midland Air Museum

Star exhibits include the Avro Vulcan bomber and a heritage centre dedicated to the work of Sir Frank - pioneer of the jet engine.


The Butts Park Arena

A small stadium home to Coventry Rugby Football Club, Coventry Bears Rugby League, and the Coventry Jets American Football team.

SEE   —  +44 24 7623-1001 —  Butts Rd

Conroy's Coffee House

Conroy's Coffee House is locally run and owned, offering a relaxed atmosphere and coffee and refreshments at low prices.


Kasbah

Formerly the Colosseum. Dingy indie rock club which attracts some fairly well known live acts


The Flying Standard

Franchise of the ubiquitous Wetherspoons chain is set in a spectacular timbered building


The Ivor Preece Field

A very small stadium (250 seats) home to Broadstreet Rugby Football Club.


Lava/Ignite

Large City Centre club in Skydome complex

DRINK   —  Map

The Tin Angel

Popular live music bar


Isle Casino Coventry

Casino and dining.

DO   —  Map


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