Things to do
1) Bagot’s CastleView full details of Bagot’s Castle
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.
2) Blue Badge Guided ToursView full details of Blue Badge Guided Tours
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 Coventry, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa, The Cotswolds and much more.
3) Charterhouse Heritage ParkView full details of Charterhouse Heritage Park
The landscape around Charterhouse includes green fields, woodland, the River Sherbourne, the Grade II listed Sherbourne Viaduct and a disused railway line. The viaduct was designed by Stephenson in 1837 as part of the world’s first major inter-city railway.
4) Coventry CathedralView full details of Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral is a place where splendid medieval history meets modern architecture to stunning and poignant effect.
5) Coventry Visitor Information CentreView full details of Coventry Visitor Information Centre
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.
6) Coventry Young Explorer’s Discovery TrailView full details of Coventry Young Explorer’s Discovery Trail
Pick up your free explorer’s trail from Coventry Visitor Information Centre (located adjacent to Coventry Railway Station) 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!
7) Coventry's New CathedralView full details of Coventry's New Cathedral
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.
8) Hideous History
9) Holy Trinity ChurchView full details of Holy Trinity Church
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.
10) London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s ArboretumView full details of London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum
London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum is one of the earliest garden cemeteries in the country, designed by Joseph Paxton and now a Grade I listed park and garden.
11) Lunt Roman FortView full details of Lunt Roman Fort
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.
12) Old Blue Coat SchoolView full details of Old Blue Coat School
The Old Blue Coat School is a unique and historic building nestling between Priory Row and the Priory Gardens in Coventry city centre. The current building dates from 1856, the actual school having been founded as the first Charity School for girls in Coventry in 1714.
13) St John the Baptist ChurchView full details of St John the Baptist Church
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’.
St John's is open 10am til 3pm, Friday and Saturday.
Address: Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY
14) St Michael's Tower ClimbView full details of St Michael's Tower Climb
PLEASE NOTE – Unfortunately the Tower Climb and shop are currently closed and are likely to remain so for the rest of 2021, and will be reopening early 2022.
Climb the Cathedral Tower for the best view in Coventry! Open 7 days a week except during bell ringing sessions*.
15) St. Mary's Guildhall
16) The British Motor MuseumView full details of The British Motor Museum
The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British Cars; it boasts over 400 cars in its collection which spans the classic, vintage and veteran eras.
Situated in the small village of Gaydon, Warwickshire, just off junction 12 of the M40. The Museum building is a spectacular piece of architecture with an art deco design, whilst the Collections Centre building is a modern contrast. Together they stand proudly in a beautifully landscaped setting of 65 acres, which rolls out onto the Warwickshire countryside.
17) The CharterhouseView full details of The Charterhouse
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.
18) The Weaver's HouseView full details of The Weaver's House
Address: 121 Upper Spon St, Coventry CV1 3BQ
Phone: +44(0)24 7625 7117
19) Ventures with Verity Coventry Walking ToursView full details of Ventures with Verity Coventry Walking Tours
Want to explore Coventry’s Historic Heart and find its hidden gems? Join me, Verity Tiff a local, Blue Badge Qualified Tourist Guide accredited through the Institute of Tourist Guiding on a walking tour.
- Public bookable walking tours of Coventry’s historic heart – The Cathedral Quarter.
- Public bookable themed walking tours eg Coventry’s City Walls, Coventry’s Literary Connections.
- Bespoke private tours tailored to your specific requirements.
- Coach tour commentaries in Coventry and Warwickshire and the surrounding region.
20) West Midlands Police MuseumView full details of West Midlands Police Museum
Address: 26 Hertford Street, Coventry