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Bagot’s Castle

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+44(0)7786 438711

Bagot’s Castle, in the village of Baginton on the outskirts of Coventry, is believed to originally been built in the 11th century, at the time of King Henry I. It was rebuilt around the late 14th century by Sir William Bagot, a distinguished nobleman of his time. All that remains are the ruins of this historic castle. Bagot’s Castle is open from the first week in April to the last week in October, every weekend and bank holidays. Opening times are midday until 5.00pm. Admission cost is £4.00 for adults, £2.00 for children and under 2's are free. Concessions are half price. ‘Nature Detectives’ trail also available for children.

Address: Church Road, Baginton, CV8 3AR

Blue Badge Guided Tours

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+44(0)24 7669 1212

Roger Bailey is a Heart of England Blue Badge Tourist Guide, offering guided walking and coach tours for private groups, large or small. Roger covers Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa, The Cotswolds and much more. Roger is also a qualified Coventry Green Badge Tourist Guide, a city he specialises in, covering it's 1,000 years of history both by walking and on a coach. Roger is able to help with familiarisation tours, meet and greet services, support for conferences and airport transfers.

Address: PO Box 251, Coventry, CV5 9YT

Cook Street Gate

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In 1329 Edward III gave permission to the 'goodmen' of Coventry and the Prior of St Mary's to build a town wall around Coventry. Until that point Coventry had been defended by ditches, with moveable barred gates controlling access along major transport routes. The walls stretched over two miles and were composed of two outer skins of red sandstone infilled with rubble. When complete the walls stood 12 feet high and were 8 feet thick, creating an impressive defensive barrier. Forming part of the old Coventry wall, Cook Street Gate can be found at the very top of Lady Herbert's Garden and looks out across Chauntry Place. The gate was built around 1385 and presented to the city by W.F Wyley in 1913. If you look at the top of the gates you may notice that the battlements look like they have been restored or added recently - in fact these were built around 1931-32. As you pass through the gate, if you look up, you will see an exquisite wooden carving of the Coventry emblem inside.

Address: Cook Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 1JN

Coventry Cathedral

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+44(0)24 7652 1200

Coventry Cathedral is a place where splendid medieval history meets modern architecture to stunning and poignant effect. Explore the Ruined Cathedral, destroyed in the Coventry Blitz during WW2, standing proudly alongside the magnificent ‘casket of jewels’, the iconic ‘New’ Cathedral. The New Cathedral features works by some of the greatest artists of the 1950s and 60s. Internationally recognised as a beacon of hope, Coventry Cathedral embodies a spirit of peace and reconciliation in a truly breath-taking setting.

Address: Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB

Coventry Visitor Information

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+44(0)24 7697 5527

Please note, this service has now moved from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

We are busy preparing two brand new Visitor Information facilities that will open to the public in July 2021. In the interim, Coventry has a temporary service inside the Friargate building, located next to Coventry Railway Station.

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 5:00                                                                                                                                                    Sat: 10:00 - 5:30
Sun: 11:00 – 4:00

Our Visitor Information team can provide the very best in local knowledge, history and recommendations on how to make the most of your stay in Coventry. With advice on what to see and do, the finest places to eat and sleep, a trip to the Visitor Information Centre should really be your first port of call when visiting our city.

Address: Station Square, Coventry CV1 2FL (opening w/c 10 May 2021) 


Coventry Young Explorer’s Discovery Trail

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+44 (0)24 7623 4284

Pick up your free explorer’s trail from either the Coventry Tourist Information Centre (located inside the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum) or Coventry Cathedral and discover the answers to the 10 questions as you search some of the very special city centre attractions to win your exclusive Coventry Young Explorers badge! The trail is suitable for children of primary school age (4-11 years) and gives the perfect opportunity to explore Coventry city centre and it's fascinating history. The trail should take approximately 60 minutes to complete, allowing for walking time between venues but you could easily extend your stay and spend a little extra time in each venue talking with our local experts to find out more about Coventry should you wish to. There's plenty to discover along the way - good luck explorers!

Address: Station Square, Coventry CV1 2FL

Coventry's New Cathedral

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Priory Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5AB

The New Cathedral is a work of inspiration. Work started a day after the Old Cathedral was bombed during the Blitz of 1940, and the Cathedral is now recognised as a beacon of hope, fellowship, peace and reconciliation. The decision to rebuild the cathedral was taken the morning after its destruction. Rebuilding would not be an act of defiance, but rather a sign of faith, trust and hope for the future of the world. It was the vision of the Provost at the time, Dick Howard, which led the people of Coventry away from feelings of bitterness and hatred. This has led to the cathedral's Ministry of Peace and Reconciliation, which has provided spiritual and practical support, in areas of conflict throughout the world.

Address: Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB

Holy Trinity Church

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+44(0)24 7622 0418

From the 15th Century stone pulpit to the 16th Century Bible and the world-renowned Doom painting, Holy Trinity Coventry is certainly a 'must visit' place in our great city. The church also has part of the carpet Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on. It is the only large historic building left intact after the Second World War, due to the outstanding bravery of Canon Clitheroe and three others; who actually went onto the roof whilst the bombs were falling to save the church from catching fire. It worked, and here it is today! This church, soaked in history, is also a living worshipping community of over 300 people a week.

Address: 5A Priory Row, Coventry CV1 5EX

Lunt Roman Fort

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+44(0)24 7623 7522

It's A.D. 60; the Iceni of East Anglia led by the legendary Boudica have rebelled against Roman rule, and have just been defeated in a terrible battle fought somewhere in the Midlands. As a result, the Romans are building a series of fortifications across the Midlands, including the Lunt. Come and explore this partially-reconstructed timber fort. Stand on the ramparts, explore the exhibition in the granary and imagine yourself training horses in the gyrus - a feature not found anywhere else in the Roman Empire. The Lunt Roman Fort is only open during select Coventry school holidays. Please visit for more information about opening hours. Members of the public are not able to access the site during Coventry term times.

Address: Coventry Rd, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AJ

Old Blue Coat School

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Located within the Cathedral Quarter of the city centre, this chateau-style Blue Coat School is believed to have been founded in 1714 as a charity school for girls who spent their last two years being trained in the rigours of domestic service. The present building is built over the ruins of the Cathedral and Priory of St Mary's. It dates from the 1850's and was restored in 2000.

Address: 5a Priory Row, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5EX

Revival Cars

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+44(0)24 7663 5818

Revival Cars puts you in the driving seat of some of the best classic cars available without the headache of ownership. Tailored for classic car enthusiasts or simply for those who would like to drive something different or arrive in style. Vehicles are maintained to the highest standards by in-house mechanics and offer customers a comprehensive vehicle hand-over service. Why not combine the experience of hiring a classic car with an overnight break in Coventry? Revival have teamed up with some of our best hotels in the area and negotiated competitive room rates to offer hire/hotel packages.

Address: Unit 33, Bilton Industrial Estate, Humber Avenue, Coventry, CV3 1JL

St John the Baptist Church

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+44(0)24 7655 2491

As one of Coventry’s most historic buildings, St John’s holds a special place in the heart of the city. St John’s was built by Medieval Religious Guilds in 1344 on land given by Queen Isabella. Located on the corner of Medieval Spon Street, this Grade I listed masterpiece of architecture is one of the most beautiful churches in England. Carved from rose sandstone, the church is steeped in history. During the Civil War the building was used to house Scottish Royalists, giving rise to the saying ‘Sent to Coventry’.

Address: Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY

St Michael's Tower Climb

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+44(0)24 7652 1248

Climb the Cathedral Tower for the best view in Coventry! Open 7 days a week except during bell ringing sessions*. The Cathedral Tower Climb costs an additional £4, and £2 for U18’s. (Children are permitted to climb at their carer’s discretion and we do not recommend the climb for younger children due to the amount of steps and the nature of the climb, no climbers under the age of 8 will be permitted) The Tower will ordinarily be open from 10am – 3.30pm from Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays but sometimes events in the Ruins or inclement weather conditions may mean reduced opening hours, so please check in advance by calling 024 7652 1248 if you are planning on making a special trip. *Subject to staff availability and events taking place which may mean that the tower is not accessible.

Address: Priory Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5FB

St. Mary's Guildhall

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+44(0)24 7683 3328

Death, intrigue, scandal and spilt custard...are not compulsory when you visit St. Mary's Guildhall, but can be discovered in more than 600 years worth of stories from the finest medieval guildhall in the country. Located in the city's historic Cathedral Quarter, St. Mary's Guildhall miraculously survived the Second World War bombing raids, and stands as a monument to the power and wealth of medieval Coventry. With magnificent interiors, collections of armour, historic furniture, artworks and internationally important tapestries, the Guildhall offers a window into Coventry's glorious past. A prison to Mary, Queen of Scots, a theatre for Shakespeare and an inspiration to George Eliot, St. Mary's Guildhall is a fascinating free experience for all ages, at the historic heart of the city of Coventry.

Address: Bayley Ln, Coventry CV1 5RN

Swanswell Gate

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In 1329 Edward III gave permission to the 'goodmen' of Coventry and the Prior of St Mary's to build a town wall around Coventry. Until that point Coventry had been defended by ditches, with moveable barred gates controlling access along major transport routes. The walls stretched over two miles and were composed of two outer skins of red sandstone infilled with rubble. When complete the walls stood 12 feet high and were 8 feet thick, creating an impressive defensive barrier. Of the original twelve city gates, only two remain, Cook Street Gate and Swanswell Gate, also known in times gone by as ‘Priory Gate’. A large portion of wall still extends from this gate, finishing its run just short of Cook Street gate situated one hundred yards north. Its earlier reference as Priory Gate was because it gave entrance to the prior's own land and fishing pool.

Address: Hales St, Coventry, CV1 1JD

The Charterhouse

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The Carthusian Priory of St Anne-a unique Grade 1 listed building and grounds, surrounded by parkland in the centre of Coventry. Charterhouse is a grade I listed 14th Century Carthusian Monastery, one of only nine ever built in Britain. The Carthusian order was a silent order. Sadly it suffered at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries when the Chapel and other religious buildings were destroyed and used as building materials. The Charterhouse is owned by Historic Coventry Trust and is working in partnership with Coventry City Council and Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the building and open to the public as a heritage visitor centre and educational attraction.

Address: London Road Coventry CV1 2JR

The Weaver's House

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+44(0)24 7625 7117

In Spon Street, one of the most historic streets in Coventry, The Weaver’s House has been restored to show how it would have looked in 1540. Experience how John Croke, a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family would have lived and worked. You can also see a full-size replica of the loom he would have used. At the back of the Weaver’s House is a medieval garden showing the plants that would have been grown for food, flavouring, medicine and household use. The house is very close to the city centre and therefore other local places of interest. If you are planning to bring your group to Coventry, a visit to The Weaver’s House would be an ideal complement to larger sites. Visit the website for more details and to find out how the property was rescued from impending destruction and carefully restored. The house is open to the public on selected open days. Private group tours can be arranged at any time, subject to availability.

Address: 121 Upper Spon St, Coventry CV1 3BQ

Ventures with Verity

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Verity is a Blue Badge Heart of England Tourist Guide offering offer guided walking tours in Coventry. Cathedral Quarter tours are Saturdays at 10.00 am and 2.00 pm and Wednesdays at 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm.

This guided walk explores the history of Coventry’s 3 cathedrals and the buildings around where Coventry Castle used to be, including St Michael’s Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church, the Guildhall, the Council House and Drapers Hall.

The walk starts in Broadgate by the statue of Lady Godiva and lasts about 1.5 hours with the exact route taken depending upon what else is happening in the city centre on the day.

Other themed tours including City Walls Walk, Coventry Canal Basin, Public Art are offered as advertised. 

All tours are pre-bookable via Eventbrite.

West Midlands Police Museum

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This pop-up museum houses some of the historical artefacts from West Midlands Police and from the archives relating to the old Coventry Police Force. It tells some of the incredible stories of the officers and staff who have served in Coventry over the years - inspiring accounts of trailblazing people, acts of bravery and innovation. The amazing people who paved the way and led us to where we are today.

The Museum will be open for one year, 10 am to 3 pm, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday f

Address: 26 Hertford Street, Coventry