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Bagot’s Castle

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Church Road, Baginton, CV8 3AR

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.

The Bluebells at Bagot's Castle are a wonderful site to see - best last week in April and during the month of May. (Image attached).

Bagot's Castle arrange Guided Tours with a talk given by our Archaeologist as you walk around the site for History Groups, W.I. Walking Parties etc. price on request.

We have a Children's Trail for younger and older children - an excellent way to learn about the history of the castle with a small gift at the end of the trail.
We have 3 Bagot Goats and 3 Herdwick sheep which the children love and can guess their names.

http://www.bagotscastle.org.uk/


Blue Badge Guided Tours

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PO Box 251, Coventry, CV5 9YT

Blue Badge Tourist Guide Roger Bailey offers guided tours for private groups across the Heart of England, both coach and walking. Covering Coventry, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa and much more. Based in Coventry, he offers a variety of local tours covering many themes and is also a qualified Coventry Green Badge Tourist Guide. He can also help with familiarisation trips, hotel and airport transfers, meet and greet, support for conference delegates and shopping breaks.

http://www.bluebadgetouristguide.co.uk/


Cook Street Gate

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Cook Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 1JN

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.


Coventry Cathedral

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Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5AB

Coventry Cathedral is a place of celebration, hosting events, concerts and exhibitions throughout the year.

Coventry and its Cathedral were devastated by the Blitz
on 14 November 1940, leaving the old Cathedral ruins behind. Sir Basil Spence, architect of the new Cathedral, suggested keeping the ruins as a memorial of that fateful night. The resulting design is breathtaking and is one of Coventry’s outstanding features. The site has numerous tributes to peace and reconciliation, including the Charred Cross and the Statue of Reconciliation.

Internationally recognised as a beacon of hope, Coventry Cathedral is an inspirational space for reflection.

http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk


Coventry Young Explorer’s Discovery Trail

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Coventry Tourist Information Centre
c/o The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Jordan Well
COVENTRY
CV1 5QP

Pick up your free explorers 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!

https://www.theherbert.org/


Holy Trinity Church Coventry

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

The story of Holy Trinity Church is truly historic. The first known reference to Holy Trinity is in 1113, with its beginnings tied into the history of the Benedictine Priory of St Mary which has long been associated with Earl Leofric and Lady Godiva. The church houses
many rare artefacts, perhaps the most exceptional being the famous medieval wall painting of the Last Judgement which has recently undergone significant restoration and is on full display. Holy Trinity welcomes visitors, free of charge, seven days a week.

http://www.holytrinitycoventry.org.uk/


Lunt Roman Fort

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Coventry Road, Baginton, Baginton, CV8 3AJ

The only reconstructed wooden fort in Britain, the Lunt dates from around 60AD, the same period as the Boudican rebellion. From Roman pottery, military artefacts and the imposing Eastern Gateway, to thrilling Roman themed re-enactments, get a sense of what it was like to live in a fort with this educational family experience.

http://www.luntromanfort.org/


Old Blue Coat School

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

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.

http://www.holytrinitycoventry.org.uk/


Revival Cars

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

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 to Coventry and Warwickshire? Revival have teamed up with some of our best hotels in the area and negotiated competitive room rates to offer hire/hotel packages.

http://www.revivalcars.com/


St John the Baptist Church

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Fleet Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 3AY

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’.

http://www.stjohnthebaptistcoventry.org.uk/


St Michael's Tower Climb

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Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5AB

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 10-4 Monday to Saturday, and 12-3 on Sunday 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.

Once you’ve climbed all 180 plus steps and taken in the magnificent views, why not treat yourself to a little something from the Tower Gift Shop? There are a range of Blitz themed items, retro toys, sweets, general Cathedral souvenirs, and even a squirrel shaped item or two!

http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite/tower-climb/


St. Mary's Guildhall

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Bayley Lane, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5RN

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.

http://www.stmarysguildhall.co.uk/


Swanswell Gate

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Chauntry Place, Coventry City Centre, CV1 1JD

A large section of wall still extends from Swanswell Gate up to Cook Street Gate. If you look closely, you can make out a small gargoyle in the brickwork near the top of the gate.


The Weaver's House

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121, Upper Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3BQ

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.

http://theweavershouse.org/