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Allesley Park

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+44(0)24 7667 6580

This picturesque historic park nestles between established housing developments offering a unique parkland experience with its rolling landscape and established tree stock. Visitors can marvel at the un-spoilt expanse of green space while walking around the park on the tarmacked footpaths. Families with children can also enjoy using the recently provided equipped and natural play area while also being able to have a picnic on the grass close by. The park has also been awarded a Green Flag Award, this is a nationally recognised award given to parks that, when assessed, meet or exceed some eight criteria set by the Awards Body.

Address: Allesley Hall Drive, Allesley Park, Coventry, CV5 9AD

Allesley Park Walled Garden

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+44(0)24 7640 2030

Allesley Park Walled Garden was opened in 1997 to re-create a kitchen garden as it might have looked 200 years ago. The Walled Garden is an exquisite example of 18th Century Georgian planting at its best. With one-quarter of the one-and-a-half acre site replanted with vegetable beds, fruiting trees and flower borders, it’s a popular retreat for visitors who happen to chance across it upon their morning walks.

Address: Allesley Hall Drive, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9AD

Brandon Marsh Nature Centre

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+44(0)24 7630 2912

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve is set in 220 acres and features a wide variety of large pools, bird hides, woodland walks and wildflower meadows. This former quarry has been transformed into a European Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - home to a number of iconic species including kingfisher, cuckoos and otter. The reserve is also frequented by visiting osprey, pied flycatcher and other rare migratory species. The Visitor Centre is a great place to start your visit, and includes a tea room and well-stocked gift shop. The accessible network of paths and boardwalks allow visitors to explore the network of pools, reedbeds and woodlands and get closer to nature.

Address: Brandon Lane, Coventry, CV3 3GW

Caludon Castle Park

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Caludon Castle Park is FREE to enter. It is located three miles to the east of Coventry city centre. The site contains two scheduled ancient monuments by English Heritage, including the remains of Caludon Castle which is Grade 1 listed. The Historical and Archaeological Study of Caludon Castle records that the first house was erected on this site at around the end of the 12th century, further buildings were added or rebuilt with the main building location moving further north from its original position, to include a fish pool, during the subsequent centuries. Today, only part of the banqueting hall wall remains together with evidence of the area occupied by the fish pool. The Park has been awarded a Green Flag for the last three years. Recent Improvements to the Park include the entrance gates, refurbished drive way and car park and a new play area.

Address: Farren Road, Coventry, CV2 5EH

Coombe Abbey Park

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+44(0)24 7645 3720

For a family day out, or a quiet little picnic, visit Coombe Abbey Park. It offers 500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland, lakeside walks, and bird watching. The diverse "Capability" Brown designed landscape makes it ideal for everyone, from families to wildlife enthusiasts and those just looking for a quiet stroll in the woodland. Coombe has won many awards for its quality and excellence in management, conservation, visitor experience and education including SSSI status for 40 years, Green Flag (parks and green spaces excellence award), VisitEngland's Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme and Natural England's Country Park accreditation and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016, for consistently high ratings in our customer reviews.

Address: Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry, CV3 2AB

Coventry Visitor Information Centre

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+44 (024) 7697 7001

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

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.

Opening Hours:

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

Address: Station Square, Coventry CV1 2FL 


Longford Park

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Longford Park is the largest of the City's Area Parks and serves the North of the city. It is a well established green space with expanses of grass, colourful bedding schemes, picturesque tree-lined river walk, ecological and wildlife areas and a range of facilities for all the family to enjoy, including a play area, skate park, and a multi-use games area. The extensive and well-used footpath system is ideal as an exercise facility using the distance marked routes and as a dog walking venue. The park has been awarded the Green Flag award, which provides a national benchmark for the best green spaces in the country.

Address: Longford Road, Longford, Coventry, CV6 6DW

Ryton Gardens

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Wolston Lane, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, CV8 3LG

Garden Organic, the UK's leading organic charity, has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years and is dedicated to researching organic gardening, farming and food. The UK's national centre for organic gardening has a major tourist attraction - The Vegetable Kingdom, an interactive visitor centre telling stories of Britain's vegetables. Fun for all the family.

Ryton Pools Country Park

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+44(0)24 7630 5592

The 100 acres of Ryton Pools Country Park are just waiting to be explored. The many different habitats are home to a wide range of birds and other wildlife. The excellent surfaced paths enable easy walking around the site, and provide access to an adjoining ancient woodland. Have a picnic in the peace and quiet of the park, or enjoy refreshments at the Visitor Centre. There are walks and an events programme offering activities throughout the year to suit all age groups and interests. The Visitor Centre is located next to the main car park and is open every day except Christmas Day. A selection of gifts, walking and cycling leaflets, books and toys can be found in the gift shop.

Address: Ryton Road, Bubbenhall, Coventry, CV8 3BH

War Memorial Park

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+44(0)24 7697 7770

Coventry's largest city park opened in July 1921 as Coventry's tribute to the soldiers from the city who lost their lives during the First World War (1914-1918). The park attracts around 400,000 visitors every year, with many coming to enjoy a peaceful stroll, picnic, bike ride, round of pitch and putt or game of tennis. The park is home to the Coventry’s biggest event of the year, the Godiva Festival. Enjoy light refreshments at the Pavilion Café or Beechtree Cafe.

Address: Kenilworth Road, Coventry, CV3 6PT