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2-Tone Village Coventry

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+44(0)24 7767 1242

The 2-Tone Village is an exciting area just outside Coventry city centre, celebrating Coventry’s 2-Tone heritage and so much more. At the 2-Tone Village you will find the award winning 2-Tone Café and Simmer Down Caribbean Restaurant, the 2-Tone Corner sub-culture shop and the Hall of Fame memorabilia store. Also based inside the 2-Tone Village are the Coventry Music Wall of Fame, the Coventry Music Museum and Knights live venue.

Address: Walsgrave Road, Coventry, CV2 4ED

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

Albany Theatre

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+(0)24 7699 8964

The Albany Theatre is an Art Deco main house theatre and flexible studio space staging classic and contemporary dance, drama, comedy and music of all genres. The main house seats over 600 across two levels and the studio accommodates audiences of up to 110 in a variety of formats. The venue is located just outside Coventry city centre (10 minutes’ walk from the station) with pay and display car parking around the building and a multi-storey car park 75 yards away. There is full access to the venue from Albany Road where there is also a licensed bar and kiosk open approximately one hour before all performances.

Address: Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JQ

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

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

Ballroom Climbing Wall

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+44(0)24 765 253 70

The Ballroom Climbing Wall is a dedicated bouldering centre for all abilities in Coventry, a place where anyone aged 5+ can come and give bouldering a go. With over 200 bouldering routes across 700sqm of climbing surface, created by the country's best climbers and setters, this venue is constantly changing and innovating their space to bring the best experience to climbers. All U18s must be supervised during their stay, one adult can supervise up to two children.

Address: Ironmonger Row, Coventry CV1 1LZ

Belgrade Theatre

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+44(0)24 7655 3055

The Belgrade Theatre features an 850 seat main auditorium that hosts professional touring productions and a newer studio space which can hold a smaller audience of 250-300 guests. It has an on-site café and bars as well as conference facilities. The theatre is a major art and cultural facility in Coventry and remains one of the largest regional producing theatres in Britain. This fine historic building offers a diverse programme of productions from touring musicals to critically acclaimed plays, alongside traditional pantomimes, comedy, live music and extensive talent development and community programme.

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Address: Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

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

Coventry City Football Club

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Coventry City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Coventry, West Midlands, England. The team compete in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. The club play at the 32,609 capacity Coventry Building Society Arena

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

Centre AT7

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+44(0)24 7666 5530

Centre AT7, operated by CV Life, is located in the north-east of Coventry. The Centre provides high-quality facilities and a wide range of activities at affordable prices for adults, families, children and organisations to keep you fit, active and healthy. The facilities at Centre AT7 include a six court sports hall, 25m swimming pool, fitness suite, children’s play area and 10 5-a-side all weather pitches.

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Address: 12 Bell Green Road, Bell Green, Coventry, CV6 7GP

Charterhouse Heritage Park

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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.

The Heritage Park today has a surprising variety of wildlife. The river is home to moorhens, mallards, little egrets, heron, grey wagtails, kingfishers, dragonflies and damselflies. Muntjac deer, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and rabbits roam the landscape. In the air are at least three different kinds of bat, swifts, pheasants, buzzards, sparrowhawks, kestrels, pied and grey wagtails, woodpeckers, and many butterfly species. It also provides a green lung for the city, a much-loved area for dog walking and, in winter, some of the best sledging slopes in Coventry.

At the centre of the Heritage Park is Charterhouse, the unique medieval house, garden and new café will open to the public during Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.

Address: London Road Coventry CV1 2JR

Cook Street Gate

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Cook Street Gate is one of only two surviving 14th century gatehouses of an original twelve that once punctuated Coventry’s medieval city wall. Today, Swanswell Gate and Cook Street Gate stand in the city centre, separated by one of the last surviving sections of medieval city wall and surrounded by Lady Herbert’s Garden. The gates are Grade I listed and have recently been brought back into use by Historic Coventry Trust. Both buildings have been fully restored, with each gate being adapted into unique holiday accommodation in a modern style.

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.

As well as being available for a unique stay in a fairy-tale medieval gatehouse, the gates are also opened for all to visit on Open Days.

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

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 Building Society Arena/Wasps

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+44(0)24 7693 3444

The Coventry Building Society Arena is an award-winning venue in Coventry, hosting a variety of sport, business and entertainment events, while also home to Wasps Rugby and Wasps Netball. Attracting thousands of music fans from across the country, the Coventry Building Society Arena also hosts a variety of music concerts throughout the year. Previous performers include Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Rihanna and Take That. The arena is equipped with a recently refurbished DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, two restaurants, a coffee shop, bakery and one of the largest casinos in the UK. 2,000 onsite car parking spaces are available at the venue entrances. For a full events programme and detailed sporting fixtures, please visit the website.

Address: Judds Lane, Longford, Coventry, CV6 6AQ

Coventry Canal Basin

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Coventry Canal Basin is the ideal place to start out on several fascinating art trail treks through picturesque countryside. Look out for several informative fact boards and plaques along the routes highlighting some of Coventry’s rich industrial history and enjoy miles of traffic-free towpath walks.

Address: 10a St Nicholas St, Coventry CV1 4LY

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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+44(0)24 7623 7521

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is the perfect place to delve into Coventry’s history and immerse yourself in world class art. Investigate the natural world, modern art, and the Old Masters. Wander through dazzling interactive displays and enjoy the latest exhibitions while admiring the building’s unique architecture. As well as the art gallery’s ever-changing displays, often created in partnership with national museums, the Herbert offers a wide range of talks, events and workshops for both adults and children. Permanent galleries range from the Visual Arts, to Social and Industrial History, Archaeology and Natural History, there really is something for every visitor.

Address: Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

3-6 Priory Row

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The Lychgate Cottages at 3-6 Priory Row are a row of timber-framed properties dating to around 1415. It is a remarkable survival of a pre-Dissolution building at the heart of Coventry’s city centre.

The building’s location and date indicate that it originally formed part of the precinct of the 12th century St Mary’s Priory, and it is the only upstanding building which survives from the priory complex. Its close-studded timbers and jettied floor make it an evocative example of a timber-framed building of the early 15th century. The principal timbers throughout show little evidence of re-use and demonstrate that the original structure survives well. For these reasons, the building has been upgraded to listed grade II*, for its architectural and historical interest.

Records from the 16th and 17th centuries mention these as cottages, but by the 19th century the cottages were in poor condition and were acquired by the adjacent Blue Coat School in 1855 when they were restored and extended. The internal fireplaces and chimneys date from this time, as does the external stair and rear room to the east end.

These buildings now have a new lease-of-life thanks to Historic Coventry Trust, who have completed a restoration of these much-loved buildings. These have been carefully restored and fitted out as four holiday cottages – visitors will be able to have some modern luxury in these 15th-century buildings. 3-6 Priory Row are also opened for all to visit on Open Days.

Address: 3-6 Priory Row (Lychgate Cottages), Coventry, CV1 5EX

Coventry Music Museum

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The Courtyard, Walsgrave Road, Coventry, Coventry, CV2 4ED

The recently expanded Coventry Music Museum (CMM) is an award-winning permanent independent museum. Although 2-Tone music is well featured here, the museum never forgets all the many artists to come out of Coventry & Warwickshire. King, The Enemy, Hazel O'Connor, Delia Derbyshire, Panjabi MC are all showcased, as are The Coventry Carol, Frank Ifield, The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat and Madness.

There is an interactive studio room, plus a mock record shop booth and a reproduction of a typical Ska fans bedroom and visitors get the chance to sit in the actual car seen in the Specials Ghost Town video. 

Address: 80 Walsgrave Rd, Coventry CV2 4ED

Coventry Transport Museum

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+44(0)24 7623 4270

Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles on the planet and tells the story of a city which changed the world through transport. Visitors can expect captivating displays, interactive galleries, and highly immersive exhibitions. 14 fully accessible galleries are 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. With an award-winning coffee house, picnic areas throughout the museum and an exceptional gift shop, it makes a fantastic day out!

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Address: Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 1JD

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 


Coventry Watch Museum Project

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Over the past few centuries, Coventry has been home to several industries of national significance. Watchmaking was first recorded in the city in the 1680's, but it was not until the 18th century that Coventry emerged as one of the main centres of the watchmaking industry in England. By the first half of the 19th century Coventry had even reached a position of national dominance. Proudly illustrating Coventry's influence within the British watchmaking industry, the Coventry Watch Museum houses a display of clocks, watches, tools, artefacts and family history records and much more. One of the cottages is reputedly haunted and several interesting vigils have been held there! Open Tuesday and Saturday, 11am-3pm.

Address: Court 7, Spon Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 3BA

Coventry Young Explorer’s Discovery Trail

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+44 (0) 7697 7001

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! 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

Delta Force Paintball

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+44(0)20 3869 9305

Delta Force Paintball is perhaps the best recognised name in the sport of paintball today. With over half a million paintball players through their doors last year alone no organisation is more experienced or better placed to host your ultimate paintball day-out. Delta Force have dozens of paintball centres located all over the UK, including Coventry, all superbly equipped and fully dedicated to providing you with the very highest standards of care, safety, value for money and fun!

Address: Mobbs Wood Farm Brinklow Road Coventry , CV7 9JN

Dhillon's Brewery

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+44 (0)24 7666 7413

We've been working away on our craft beer and tap room enterprise, by the Coventry Building Society Arena, since 2015. Since then, we've experimented, tweaked, refined and tested our beers to become award winners. DHILLONS BAR Our Brewhouse is open for you and your friends to enjoy some of the best craft beer and real ale in Coventry. Enjoy amazing beers in a relaxed, tasteful and quirky atmosphere. We are confident that our beautifully crafted beers will get your sip of approval. OPENING TIMES Every Friday from 5pm We also run a coach service from Dhillon's Brewery to St. Andrews for Coventry City home games where we are open before and after, and we are open for every Wasps home game at the Coventry Building Society Arena before, during and after the game. PRIVATE FUNCTIONS & BREWERY TOURS The Brewhouse is available for hire for all private events, and we supply brewery tours and tasting sessions for those who would like to know a little more about our beers. Please contact us for more information.

Address: Unit 14a Hales Industrial Estate, Rowley's Green Lane, Coventry, CV6 6AT

Drapers’ Hall

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The Grade II* listed Drapers’ Hall is one of the few Regency buildings in the city and was built in 1831-2 as the headquarters of the Coventry Drapers’ Guild. Opening in Autumn 2021 as a venue for music and music education and brought to you by Historic Coventry Trust.

The current building is the third Drapers’ Hall on the site, replacing the previous medieval and post-medieval buildings which the wealthy Guild of Drapers constructed as places to do business, to socialise and to hold events.

Designed by Thomas Rickman and H W Hutchinson, the current building is in Greek Revival style and consists of a series of grand ceremonial spaces lit by rooflights: a Ballroom, Tea Room and Reading Room. Each of these has decorative plaster ceilings and chimneypieces. In the basement the original kitchens, plate store, wine store and sculleries survive with all their fittings. Parts of the basement were also used as air raid shelters in both World Wars.

Working with The Princes’ Foundation, Historic Coventry Trust has restored the building as a home for Coventry Music Service and a music and events venue. A programme of great music events, Drapers' Hall boasts three fully restored performance and meeting spaces; the Ballroom, Tearoom and Card Room., all of which are also available for corporate, wedding or concert hires.

Address: Bayley Ln, Coventry CV1 5RN

Ego Performance Company

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+44(0)24 7622 6060

A performance company that delivers accessible, original and diverse creative projects. EGO has developed many strands that offer training and opportunities in theatre-making, music, comedy and film. Hosting projects in disciplines such as music, film, comedy, and theatre, EGO works to bolster the creative energies and self-confidence of all residents of the Coventry area, especially our youth. There is something for everyone, so check out the website, stop by the office, or join them for a session. Ego is proud of what they do and always love to get others involved!

Address: Cook St, Coventry CV1 1JN

Escape Live

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+44(0)24 7767 4646

Located at Fargo Village, Escape Live offers a unique form of entertainment in which 2-20 people venture into a fully immersive world where they must crack codes, solve puzzles and work together in order to unlock the mystery and escape the room. Dive headfirst into a high profile Casino Heist room and not only escape but do so with as much money as you can! But what happens if you fail the mission, then you may be thrown in jail and have to escape. Venture into our Prison Break room and do just that! Or maybe you are more of the hero type? Journey deep into our secret nuclear bunker and help save the world from total annihilation in our room Armageddon! Unlock your imagination and begin your adventure with Escape Live today.

Address: FarGo Village, Coventry CV1 2HW

Escape Reality

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+44(0)24 7655 3929

Escape Reality is a game played in real life. You and your team have just 60 minutes to escape one of our uber-real rooms. You’ll come as friends but leave as heroes as you battle against time to solve puzzles, overcome challenges and defeat your doubts. Escape Reality has the largest selection of escape rooms in Coventry and the West Midlands. So if you are after the latest immersive entertainment in town, this is the place for you. Located in the Grade II listed Broadgate House in Broadgate, we are right in the City Centre with some amazing restaurants in the nearby Cathedral Lanes such as Cosy Club, Las Iguanas and Wagamama. Grab a bite to eat then escape Coventry for an hour inside one of our six rooms! Are you ready to take on the challenge?

Address: 2nd Floor, East Entrance, Broadgate House, CV1 1NG

FarGo Village

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+44(0)24 7625 2434

FarGo Village is an artistically repurposed industrial space designed exclusively for creative, independent businesses. This recently regenerated area of the city has a rich heritage and a wealth of beautifully restored historical buildings. FarGo is home to independent coffee shops and restaurants, and to artists, crafters and designers who are making jewellery, upcycling furniture and restoring antiques. FarGo also hosts unique events and a creative arts programme, featuring live music, exhibitions, craft markets, and food festivals.

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Address: Far Gosford St, Coventry CV1 5ED

FSM Flight Simulator Midlands

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+44(0)800 999 7370

The Boeing 747 400 simulator is now ready for boarding at Coventry Airport. Take the flight of your life in the cockpit of this queen of the skies or fly Boeing 737 around the Alps, Hong Kong or any destination you wish. These are real simulators and not just replica flight decks, with professional, qualified captains leading you through each experience.

Address: Coventry Aeroplane Club, Rowley Road, Baginton, Coventry, CV3 4FR

Go Ape

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+44(0)1603 895500

The 500-acres of Coombe Country Park set a beautiful backdrop to your treetop experience with stunning gardens, woodland and lake. Opened in Spring 2019, Go Ape Coventry offers the best of high rope and ground-based excitement for all. With a Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure+ and Treetop Adventure, this location has something for thrill-seeking adults and fun-seeking children. This is a challenging but sociable course that packs a punch featuring the Plummet – a stomach-churning 12-metre vertical drop and an exclusive Alpine zip-to-zip.

Not only this but now a dual-lane Axe Throwing range for the adults, provides an exciting new addition to the Go Ape Coventry site. Hone your skills and aim downrange as you let fly, to see who will become Axe King or Queen. Exciting new products hopefully launching soon in 2021, watch this space ……

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

hmv Empire

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+44(0)24 7627 4564

The Empire sits within the cultural quarter of Coventry, a short walk from Coventry city centre. Nestled comfortably between Coventry University and the new creative hub and an independent retail quarter that is Fargo Village. The Empire is a large multi-use, music and club venue, with the mission to showcase local, breaking and established bands and artists. The venue has invested heavily to offer a destination that will attract some of the best touring acts around, this investment has allowed them to build three artist en-suite dressing rooms, green room and VIP bar, and most importantly, a stage and front of house sound and light system that will rival some of the better and bigger live music venues in the UK.

Address: 20 Hertford St, Coventry CV1 1LF

Planet Ice

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+44(0)24 7663 0693

Planet Ice at the Skydome Arena offers a host of activities to allow everyone to participate in ice sports. Daily public ice skating sessions, learn to skate/play ice hockey courses, great value birthday parties and private hire slots means there’s really something for everyone. The venue has an internal Papa John’s pizza restaurant, large bar and a cafe area with the ice surface on TV screens so you can spectate from a warm place! For those who prefer to be entertained, add in the Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey team and a multitude of world-class events such as WWE Wrestling, international combat sports, concerts and more and it’s clear why the Arena is considered a jewel in the crown of Coventry city centre.

Address: Croft Rd, Coventry CV1 3AZ

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.

St. Mary's Guildhall is currently closed for renovations and will reopen at the beginning of 2022. You can find out more about this project on St. Mary's Guildhall website. 

Address: Bayley Ln, Coventry CV1 5RN

Laser Quest

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+44(0)24 7663 2730

Enter the futuristic world of Laser Quest, a game that almost seems like the real thing. At the award-winning site in Coventry, you must do battle as a team or as an individual to accomplish your mission and become the victor. Laser Quest will challenge your skills, tactics and fitness; available for ages seven years and upwards. Be prepared for the ultimate Laser Tag experience taking you to a new generation of sport and fun!

Address: Watch Close, CV1 3LN

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum

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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.

By the 1840s Coventry’s provision for burials had not kept pace with the growing city and the Board of Health stated that the city’s high mortality rate was aggravated by the inadequate city centre burial grounds. In 1845 Joseph Paxton (who also designed the Crystal Palace) was appointed to design and lay out a new public cemetery on a former quarry on the edge of Coventry. During the 1800s Joseph Paxton brought back many exotic plants and trees from America and many of these are featured in the cemetery including notable candelabra limes, purple beech, oak and elm trees. A contemporary account described the cemetery as having ‘more the air of gentlemen’s park than a city of the dead’. Two cemetery chapels, a non-Conformist chapel designed to look like a classical temple and an Anglican Chapel in a Norman style, survive. In the south-east corner there is a Jewish cemetery with a 20th-century brick chapel.

London Road Cemetery had fallen into disrepair and thanks to National lottery players and working with Historic Coventry Trust, Coventry City Council recently completed a restoration project including repair of the Anglican Chapel, restoration of the promenade, mortuary chapel and bier store.

The beautiful and newly restored 19th Century Anglican Chapel is available for weddings, corporate or private hire.

Address: London Rd, Coventry CV1 2JT

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

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

Midland Air Museum

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+44(0)24 7630 1033

The Midlands Air Museum is one of the country's leading self-funded independent aviation museums. Exhibits at the Midland Air Museum range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber through more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military, aero engines and other artefacts, to a wide range of memorabilia. With photographs and collectors’ items, along with an on-site shop and tearoom, it’s the ideal venue for plane spotters of any age.

Address: Rowley Rd, Coventry CV3 4FR

Odeon Cinema

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+44(0)333 014 4501

State-of-the-art chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format, plus family and student deals with on-site parking available. Coventry’s Oden has a licensed bar to buy refreshments and a Haagen Dazs Cafe to treat the kids or yourself whilst watching one of the latest blockbusters. See the website for current programmes.

Address: Skydome, Croft Rd, Coventry CV1 3AZ

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

Swanswell Gate

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Swanswell Gate is one of only two surviving 14th century gatehouses of an original twelve that once punctuated Coventry’s medieval city wall. Today, Swanswell Gate and Cook Street Gate stand in the city centre, separated by one of the last surviving sections of medieval city wall and surrounded by Lady Herbert’s Garden. The gates are Grade I listed and have recently been brought back into use by Historic Coventry Trust. Both buildings have been fully restored, with each gate being adapted into unique holiday accommodation in a modern style.

Swanswell Gate is 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.

As well as being available for a unique stay in a fairy-tale medieval gatehouse, the gates are also opened for all to visit on Open Days.

Address: Hales St, Coventry, CV1 1JD

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

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

Showcase Cinema de Lux

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+44(0)871 220 1000

Modern multiscreen cinema with digital projection and sound equipment, plus a custom party service. This recently refurbished cinema plays the latest in blockbuster movies, with popular restaurants and bowling alley nearby – the perfect place to stop and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

Address: Gielgud Way, Walsgrave, CV2 2SZ


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+44(0)24 7663 2552

Skydome is one of Coventry’s premium leisure and entertainment quarters and can be found within Coventry city centre, between medieval Spon Street and Croft Road. Skydome is home to the Odeon cinema, Planet Ice, Wetherspoons, Harvester, JJ’s nightclub, PureGym and Genting Casino. The site caters for all ages and is open 24/7. Skydome also houses a 779 space multi-storey car park - all of your needs for a great day out are catered for here!

Address: Croft Rd, Coventry CV1 3AZ

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

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

Jam Jam Boomerang

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+44(0)24 7630 3893

Jam Jam Boomerang have a 3-floor play frame for children aged 4-12 years with bridges, rollers, aerial glides, ‘bish bags’, 4-lane wavy slide and the ‘depth drop’ covered slide. With a separate area for the younger children, Jam Jam’s have a 2-floor play frame and a great car track! Lots of ‘gentle’ things for preschoolers to do! There is a café on-site serving an array of tasty food for parents and children, with plenty of tables and space for pushchairs.

Address: Unit 3a Middlemarch Business Park, Woodhams Road, Coventry CV3 4FX

Teezers Retro Golf & Cocktails

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+44(0)24 7655 0884

Teezers is an 18-hole retro-themed, adults-only (strictly over 18s) mini-golf course, created from all your favourite memories of yesteryears in the centre of Coventry. You can putt your way through all sorts of bizarre holes from Cool Runnings, ET, or even Bullseye. Hang out at the holding bar where bar staff will guide you through an extensive range of craft beers and unique cocktails, all to a rocking ‘par-tee’ soundtrack. If you feel hungry then check out the street food wagon, parked up in the warm and explore the menu packed with delicious bites and sweet treats.

Address: 2 Hertford Place, Coventry CV1 3JZ

Tenpin Bowling

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+44(0)871 222 3675

A large bowling centre with a bar, cafe and amusements. Family-friendly venue with corporate hospitality facilities. Bowling leagues are available here. Come along and have a family day, competing against one another in a range of activities from bowling, laser quest and arcade games which are available in the venue, or come down with your friends and have a friendly competition to find out who is the bowling champion.

Address: Oliver Way, Crosspoint Business Park, Coventry, CV2 2SH

The Alan Higgs Centre

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+44(0)24 7630 8244

The Alan Higgs Centre, operated by CV Life, is located in the south-east of Coventry. The Centre provides high-quality facilities and a wide range of activities at affordable prices for adults, families, children and organisations to keep you fit, active and healthy. The facilities at The Alan Higgs Centre include a group exercise studio, health suite, skate park, café bar and sensory garden. Currently undergoing exciting new development, the Centre will soon feature an 8-lane, 50m pool, an extended fitness suite and an expansion to its function room and meeting space offer. Please check the website for further updates.

Address: Allard Way, Coventry CV3 1HW

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. The interior contains unique medieval and Elizabethan wall paintings, and the gardens are surrounded by the original monastic precinct walls. The Charterhouse is owned by Historic Coventry Trust who are working in partnership with Coventry City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore the building and the house, garden and new café will open to the public during Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.

Address: London Road Coventry CV1 2JR

The Phil Silvers Museum

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It is dedicated to the life and work of the late American comedian, most famous for playing the role of Sgt Bilko in The Phil Silvers Show which ran on the BBC for 47 years.

Launched in 2015 it now boasts a generous display of personal effects kindly donated by Phil Silvers' family. Admirers of the museum include Tim Vine, John Archer, Phill Jupitus, Paul Merton, Nick Hancock, Paul Bradley, Captain Sensible and Mark Hamill!

Opening times Wed - Sunday 11 am - 4 pm. Entry is free!

The Tin Music and Arts

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Since its transformation from the much-loved mainstay of the Coventry music scene ‘Taylor Johns,’ to a charitable organisation in August 2013, The Tin Music and Arts has gone from strength to strength. The Tin Music and Art is committed to creating a thriving, artistic hub here at the Canal Basin and to be an active and positive influence for the community of Coventry – whether through regular and successful live music nights, or through the artist’s studio, screen printing facilities or community space which is used regularly for Tai Chi, Yoga and Kuchipudi Dance Class. The events programme at The Tin is innovative, diverse, challenging and there is a reputation for supporting high quality and pioneering artists from all over the world.

Address: Units 1 - 4, The Canal Basin, CV1 4LY

The Wave

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+44(0)24 7625 2500

The Wave, operated by CV Life, is Coventry’s brand new water park, located in the city centre. The landmark complex provides high-quality facilities and a wide range of fun and relaxing activities at affordable prices for adults, families, children and organisations. Alongside six high-octane slides precision-engineered for maximum fun, other amenities at The Wave include Mana Spa, 25m Pool, squash courts, exercise studios and fitness suite.

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Address: Greyfriars Ln, Coventry CV1 2GY

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

Theatre Absolute

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+44(0)7799 292957

Theatre Absolute is an independent award-winning theatre company in Coventry. Its home is the Shop Front Theatre, a one-time fish and chip shop restaurant opposite Argos in City Arcade. The theatre is a unique 55 seat flexible space and is the only professional space of its kind in the whole of the U.K. Since co-founders, producer Julia Negus and writer Chris O’Connell opened the Shop Front Theatre in 2009, in partnership with Coventry City Council, the company has had thousands of people through the door of this once empty space. In the Shop Front, Theatre Absolute present new work for theatre, commission writers and artists, run writing workshops, mentor artists and holding many live events and talks. Other local arts and community organisations also access the space for their own work programmes.

Address: 38 City Arcade, Coventry CV1 3HW

Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery "All Access" Tour

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+44(0)24 7610 1701

The Twisted Barrel "All Access" tours take place on the last Saturday of each month, between January and November. You will receive a full tour of the brewery, learn about the breweries history and get a tasting session led by one of the brewers themselves. The tour will take a full two hours and you will receive a free drink on arrival, snacks throughout and a guided tasting session of three of the current beers. Twisted Barrel requires a minimum of six attendees for the "All Access" tours to go ahead, and there is a maximum of 12 spaces on each tour. In the event, there are too few attendees we will make contact at the beginning of the week the tour is due to take place. To buy an "All Access" tour ticket, please see:

Address: Unit 11, FarGo Village, Far Gosford St, Coventry CV1 5ED

University of Warwick Sports Hub

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+44 (0)24 7652 3011

Opened in 2019, this brand new Sports and Wellness Hub is set in a beautiful, tranquil woodland area of the University of Warwick Campus. The moment you walk through the door, you’ll be able to see a vast range of sports taking place. This incredible facility is bursting with activities for all ages and abilities; from first timers to the world’s most elite athletes. Come along and see what this state of art sports centre can offer you!

Address: Cryfield Village, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7EU

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.

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

Warwick Arts Centre

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Warwick Arts Centre, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Based at the heart of the University of Warwick on the outskirts of Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre has a national reputation for its wide-ranging programme. The programme at Warwick Arts Centre is diverse and eclectic, ranging from the best UK and international theatre, prestigious orchestras and big-name comedians to music gigs, films, experimental studio work and accessible work for children and families. In addition, it is the home of the acclaimed Mead Gallery, a distinctive space exhibiting works by the UK’s best contemporary visual artists. Remaining open throughout, Warwick Arts Centre is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound makeover, and on re-launch, in Autumn 2020 it will have a new ground floor gallery, three cinema screens and a spacious foyer in which to relax and encounter the arts in all shapes and forms.

Address: University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

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

Xcel Leisure Centre

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+44(0)24 7685 6956

Xcel Leisure Centre, operated by CV Life, is located in the south-west of Coventry. The Centre provides high-quality facilities and a wide range of activities at affordable prices for adults, families, children and organisations to keep you fit, active and healthy. The facilities at Xcel Leisure Centre include a 4 court sports hall, 25m pool, group exercise studio, children’s play area and cricket pitch, among many others.

Address: Mitchell Avenue, Coventry, CV4 8DY