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January in Coventry

Published: Monday, 27 January 2020

Herbert Art Gallery Piano

January is notorious for its gloomy weather and post-festivity blues, with fewer pennies to spend out and about. So have put together a little list of tips on how to enjoy the city on a budget.  

Budget Friendly Attractions 

Coventry is a city that has a host of free attractions for you time spend some time in out of the cold by yourself, or with family. The Herbert Art Gallery and Coventry Cathedral are both free to enter and have great cafes for you to sit and chat about the pieces of art or workshops that you’ve seen. If you live in Coventry and have a Go CV card, Coventry’s famous Transport Museum is also free, complete with café, 14 fully accessible galleries home to the fastest vehicle in the world, pioneering bicycles, transport champions and many of the most innovative, memorable and luxurious vehicles of the last 200 years. For those seeking more adventure, walk through The Blitz experience or enjoy a ride in one of three 4D simulator rides.* 

Go CV card 

The Go CV card is a free scheme for Coventry residents that gives free entry and discounts to the city’s most exciting events, activities and attractions.  If you are a Coventry resident or pay Council Tax to Coventry City Council, you’re in for a treat.  Register and collect a card from any Go CV venue or the Council’s Customer Service Centre. You can then start to benefit from discounts on a growing number of activities, events and destination venues, including The Wave and Coventry Transport Museum.  

Restaurant offers  

January is a great time to take full advantage of the new restaurants that have come to the city over the last year or so. With Zizzi, Bistrot Pierre and Wagamama’s and some great independents like Playwrights, and coffee shops like Bean & Leaf and Finney’s, it’s always worth checking their website and social media for any up and coming offers. Take a look at places to eat here

Getting outdoors 

There are lots of free activities that get you out and about in the city. Discover Coventry Young Explorer’s Trail is a great one to do with the kids, taking you around the city centre looking for the answers to the trail. Once you’ve handed the trail back in, children get a badge at the end for their hard work. Take a look here to read more and to see where the trails can be accessed. Another great way of getting outdoors is visiting one of Coventry’s beautiful parks. The War Memorial Park is easily accessible and as long as you wrap up warm, beautiful to see in this crisp weather. You can also play Footgolf, the park’s newest sport activity.  

Think sustainably 

Not only is thinking and acting sustainably great for the environment, it also means less waste and less expenditure for your pocket. By taking a reusable water bottle with you when you go out at the weekend or taking public transport rather than having to pay for petrol and car parking, you will be surprised at how much you could save. Keep your eyes peeled for our sustainability blog for more ideas!

For more on what to see and do in Coventry, visit our website and follow us on social media:

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*Please note, the 4D simulator is currently under maintenance, and will be up and running again soon. The simulator is charged for separately and not included in the admission price. 

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