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2-Tone Village Coventry

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Walsgrave Road, Coventry, CV2 4ED

The 2-Tone Village is an exciting area just outside Coventry City Centre, celebrating our 2-Tone heritage and so much more.

Here you will find the Award winning 2-Tone Cafe and Simmer Down Caribbean Restaurant, The 2-Tone Corner sub-culture shop and the Hall of Fame Memorabilia store. Also based here are The Coventry Music Wall of Fame and The Coventry Music Museum.

Coventrian Narrow Boat

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The Coventrian is moored at Swan Lane Wharf and cruises the 5½ mile stretch of the Coventry Canal in both directions.

The ‘Coventrian’ narrow boat is owned and operated by The Living Environment Trust. The 25m long ‘Coventrian’ can hold up to 24 people seated or 39 standing. The narrow boat offers something for everyone: private cruises, dinner cruises, water taxi to the Ricoh Arena and corporate cruises. The Coventrian also offers staff; a bar and catering services; lights, sound systems; and karaoke machines.


Allesley Park

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Allesley Hall Drive,
Allesley Park,
Coventry CV5 9AD

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 unspoilt expanse of green space while walking around the park on the tarmaced footpaths, which is also a well used dog walking venue. 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 recent improvements in the park have had the active involvement of local people and the Friends Group who organise weekly working parties each Tuesday afternoon. The most recent improvements have seen the removal of the old paddling pool and base of the former play area and these areas have been top soiled and sown with wildflower seed mix to establish a meadow, local school children carried out the seeding.

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.


Allesley Park Walled Garden

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Allesley Hall Drive, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9AD

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 on their morning walks.


Ansty Golf Centre

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Brinklow Road, Ansty, Coventry, CV7 9JL

Founded in 1990, Ansty Golf Club is a well presented parkland course. Offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding areas, the golf course provides a rural golfing getaway. All aspects of the golf club are open to the public so whether you are looking for a game of golf, a social drink or a bar meal you will always be more than welcome.


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.


Ballroom Climbing Wall

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The Ballroom Climbing wall is a new, dedicated, bouldering centre now open in the centre of Coventry!

Find them on Ironmonger Row, opposite the West Orchard Shopping Centre and directly in front of Swinton Insurance. Look for the Monkey Head Logo on the side of the building and head on in and up the stairs!

Various prices for all ages, groups and memberships.

Follow link for details: www.ballroomclimbing.co.uk/pay-as-you-go


Belgrade Theatre

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Belgrade Square, Corporation Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 1GS

The Belgrade Theatre features an 850 seat main auditorium that hosts professional touring productions.

The theatre has a new space which can hold a smaller audience of 250-300 guests. It has an on-site bar and conference facilities. The theatre is a major arts 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 and comedy.


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.


Brandon Marsh Nature Centre

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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Brandon Lane, Coventry, CV3 3GW

Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Set in 220 acres, the Reserve, consists of large pools created by gravel extraction. The Visitor Centre is a great place to visit including a Tea Room and well stocked gift shop. Around the Centre you’ll find the orchard, mouse maze, mini-beast homes, bird watching hides, recycled garden and a newly designed sensory garden (link to sensory garden project page) as well as an under-cover picnic area. Then it's off to the Onyx Nature Trail which guides you around the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve.


Caludon Castle Park

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Farren Road, Coventry, CV2 5EH

Caludon Castle Park is a hidden gem nestled Coventry. The park is a special place as it houses Coventry's only castle remains, that of Caludon Castle set in a beautiful park land. The park is a great place to relax and enjoy the open space as well walk around a 14th century ruin and historic site. Caludon Castle is one of only 20 Ancient Scheduled Monuments in Coventry.


Centre AT7

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

Coventry Sports Foundation is a charitable trust registered in England, with a mission to provide a wide range of sporting, recreational, educational and social activities to under-represented and disadvantaged community groups and individuals within Coventry. With halls, clubs and courts to play on, Centre AT7 is a very successful and welcoming sports centre for all ages.


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.

Fargo Village

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The Big Comfy Bookshop, 2F, Fargo Village, Coventry, CV1 5ED

Fargo Village, Far Gosford St is now open and is bringing a whole new dimension to the city of Coventry, with niche and unique retailers, artists’ studios, creative workspace, crafts, cafes, markets and entertainment space.

Fargo Village is bringing a piece of the Camden and Brick Lane independent shopping vibe to Coventry. Twenty years ago these were run down areas of London but with investment into the creative industries they have now become major attractions bringing in visitors from all over the world and in turn supporting the local economy.

Visit the website for more information and details on the exciting event programme for the remainder of this year and beyond.


Albany Theatre

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53 The Butts, Coventry, CV1 3BH

The Albany Theatre is truly a hidden gem in the heart of Coventry, with its impressive Art Deco-style theatre behind a superb façade of the old Coventry Technical College. Designed in 1919 and originally opened in 1935 the theatre recently reopened and regularly hosts live shows, comedy and tribute acts.


Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey

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Skydome Arena, Croft Road, Coventry, CV1 3AZ

The Coventry Blaze play in the Elite League and are one of the most successful teams in British ice hockey.

The season runs from September until the end of March and there is a game most weekends during this period.


Coventry Canal Basin

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Unit 4, Coventry Canal Warehouse, Leicester Row, Coventry City Centre, CV1 4LH

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.


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.


Coventry City Football Club

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Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE

Founded in 1883, Coventry City Football Club currently plays in League One of English football, with home matches taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.


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.


Coventry Transport Museum

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

Explore Coventry Transport Museum and be whisked away into stories of real people, real passions and real hope.

Discover how Coventry became the centre of the world’s motor and cycle industries, and get up close with the world’s biggest collection of British road transport, including the actual vehicles that defined some of history’s most important moments - including the fastest car in the world!​


Coventry Watch Museum Project

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

Coventry has over the past few centuries 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 watch making 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!


Coventry Young Explorer’s Discovery Trail

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Coventry Tourist Information Centre
c/o The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Jordan Well

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!


Criterion Theatre

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Berkeley Road South, Coventry, CV5 6EF

For over fifty years the Criterion Theatre has entertained the people of Coventry & the surrounding area with productions ranging from classic drama and comedy to musicals (see our website for forthcoming events). Our inviting theatre bar (open to club members) is an attractive place for people to enjoy a quiet drink amongst friends. You can also visit us on the first Saturday morning of every month when you can enjoy fresh coffee, cakes and browse or buy second hand books.


Delta Force Paintball

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Brinklow Road, Coventry, CV7 9JN

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. They have dozens of paintball centres located all over the UK, all superbly equipped and fully dedicated to providing you with the very highest standards of care, safety, value for money and fun!


Ego Performance Company

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Cook Street, CV1 1JN

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 are proud of what they do and always love to get others involved!


Escape Reality

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

In one hour, you could find yourself locked in a prison trying to escape from the infamous Alcatraz, or attempting to escape to save your own lives in Enigmista.

Escape Reality is the World’s No. 1 Escape Room Game. Come and experience the immersive real-life escape rooms to give yourself the ultimate escape challenge. Play any of the 30 themed escape rooms in 10 locations around the world.

One hour, one goal - escape.

Book today!


Coombe Country Park

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Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry, CV3 2AB

Set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside, Coombe Country Park offers a wide variety of family activities including woodland walks, children’s play areas, formal gardens, coarse fishing, lakeside walks, a hands-on visitor centre, a restaurant and gift shop. With one of the largest heronries in the UK on site, including a large accessible bird hide, it’s great for wildlife enthusiasts.


FSM Flight Simulator Midlands

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Coventry Aeroplane Clun Hangar, Rowley Rd, Baginton, Coventry, CV3 4FR

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.


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’.


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!


Jam Jam Boomerang

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Middlemarch Business Park, Woodhams Road , Coventry, CV3 4FX,

Jam Jam Boomerang have a 3 floor play frame for the 4-12s with bridges, rollers, aerial glides, bish bags, 4 lane wavy slide and the "DEPTH DROP" covered slide! A Football and Basketball zone! A separate area for the 0-4s with a 2 floor play frame and a great car track! Lots of "gentle" things for the pre-schooler to do! Children's Parties, they have three fantastic party packages for your child's special day be it a birthday or anything else you'd like to celebrate!


Longford Park

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Longford Road,

This 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 active Friends Group and Longford CAN assist with planning new developments, volunteer opportunities and events in the park.

The play area was improved and extended in 2011, again following local consultation and the involvement of local groups. The park has been awarded with the Green Flag award, which provides a national benchmark for the best green spaces in the country.

Magic Mile

Magic Mile event happens third Sunday of every month. It starts at the Windmill Road entrance. Meet at 10am for a 10.15am start. Magic Mile is an inclusive, measured mile route that you can run, walk, skip , jump or do whatever you like to get active.

Friends of Longford Park

The Friends of Longford Park meet every first Wednesday of the month at the Longford Road end to plan their projects (no meeting in January).

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.


Midland Air Museum

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Coventry Airport, Baginton, Coventry, CV8 3AZ

Visit one of the country's leading self-funded independent aviation museums and see incredible aircraft from throughout the ages including the Avro Vulcan and Argosy freighter, MiG-21 and CMC Leopard to name just a few. With photographs, collectors’ items and memorabilia along with an on-site shop and tearoom, it’s the ideal venue for any plane spotter.


Odeon Cinema Coventry

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Skydome, Croft Road, Coventry City Centre, CV1 3AZ

An amazing, modern, nine screen multiplex cinema with on-site parking available. Customers receive four hours free parking when purchasing cinema tickets. With 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.


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.


Planet Ice Arena

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Skydome Arena, Croft Road, Coventry City Centre, CV1 3AZ

Coventry’s SkyDome Arena offers a whole host of entertainment, with something for the entire family to enjoy. There’s an on-site Odeon cinema, ice rink, several restaurants, numerous bars and it is home to Coventry Blaze ice hockey team. Planet Ice offer skate
hire, dedicated student events, themed skate evenings and family orientated sporting activities.


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.


Ricoh Arena

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Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE

With its state-of-the-art conference, banqueting, exhibition, hotel and sports facilities, the multi-purpose complex has already won awards for its design.

Based within a two hour drive for 75 per cent of the population of England, it is yards from junction three of the M6 and is near an international airport and major railway stations.

A 2012 Olympic Games venue, that has acted as a catalyst for regeneration in the north of the city and forms an important part of the city council's bigger plan to rejuvenate the entire area.

As well as delivering a unique package, the Ricoh Arena is also distinctive in the way it works with numerous partners such as Coventry City Council, the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and the European Regional Development Fund. In addition to this the Ricoh Arena partners with some of the UK's leading companies such as Ricoh, Lloyds Pharmacy, Jaguar and E.ON as well as tenants G Casino.


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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Ryton Road, Bubbenhall, Coventry, CV8 3BH

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, Ryton Wood (by agreement with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust).

Come and have a picnic in the peace and quiet of the park, or enjoy refreshments at the Visitor Centre. We have a walks and 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.

Our helpful staff can also give you information about Ryton Pools and other country parks in Warwickshire. The Centre has disabled access, and two mobility scooters are available for a small charge.

Toilets with baby changing and disabled facilities. Open 9am to dusk. Not open on Christmas Day

Cash machines - There are no cash machine facilities at this park.


Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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Jordan Well, Coventry City Centre, CV1 5QP

Directly opposite Coventry’s two Cathedrals lies the inspiring Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

This FREE ADMISSION museum tells the fascinating story of Coventry’s history from the Medieval to the modern, including a whole gallery dedicated to the much-loved Lady Godiva story.

The museum is also home to a world class art collection and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.


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.


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.


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.

Teezers Retro Golf & Cocktails

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Hertford Place,
CV1 3JZ.

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 to the set of Friends or even Bullseye.


Tenpin Bowling

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

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.

The Empire, Coventry

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Far Gosford Street , Coventry, CV1 5DU

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 independent retail quarter that is Fargo Village.

The Empire was the former home of Coventry Universities Student Union Club. Due to its close links to the University, The Empire holds one official Student Union event per week on Wednesday nights (Strike Back), as well as sponsoring a number of clubs and societies.

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.


The Tin Music and Arts

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The Tin Music and Arts, Canal Basin, Coventry, CV1 4LY

Since it’s 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. Named as a homage to the now sadly closed Tin Angel, 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 as a whole – whether that be through our regular and successful live music nights, which sees us frequently booking established and international acts as well as local homegrown talent, or through our artist’s studio, our screen printing facilities and Community Space, which is used almost every day of the week for Tai Chi, Yoga and Kuchipudi Dance Class.

The Tin Music and Arts is based in two neighbouring building in the Canal Basin in Coventry.

The Coal Vaults are two 18th century former coal tunnels and Units 1-4 are newer buildings which were built as part of the canal basin redevelopment in the early 1990’s. The Basin features a bronze statue of the famous 18th-century canal engineer James Brindley – one of fifteen artworks commissioned from local artists for the Canal Art Trail which extends from the basin to Hawkesbury Junction.


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.


Theatre Absolute

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38 City Arcade, Coventry City Centre, CV1 3HW

Theatre Absolute is an independent multi award-winning theatre company in Coventry. Its home is a one-time fish and chip shop restaurant (formerly Fishy Moore's opposite Argos in City Arcade). It is now a unique and dynamic 50-seat flexible theatre space and the only professional Shop Front Theatre in the whole of the U.K. Since co-founders, producer Julia Negus and writer Chris O’Connell opened the Shop Front in 2009 in partnership with Coventry City Council; the company has had over 7500 people through the door of this once empty space. Theatre Absolute present new plays and live arts events in the Shop Front, created by themselves as well as hosting many writing and literacy programmes. The company also has visiting theatre companies bringing work to the Shop Front Theatre, such as Paines Plough (London) and the Birmingham Rep.


Valley Cruises

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Coventry Canal Basin, St Nicholas Street, Coventry, CV1 4LY

Placed in the Heart of the Midlands and with a wealth of routes available, guests are able to enjoy a range of attractions such as famous canal landmarks, museums, sports and concert facilities, castles and historic buildings, parks, theme parks, zoos and gardens, shopping and lots and lots of fantastic canal side pubs (many of which are child and dog friendly), restaurants, bistros and cafes in venues ranging from pretty hamlets and villages to the second largest city in England. You may prefer to spend most of your time aboard your canal boat, negotiating locks, tunnels, aqueducts and taking in the scenery, historic sights, wildlife and the nuances of other waterway and tow-path users, enjoying a rare chance to spend uninterrupted time with friends and family. The canal system is renowned for its camaraderie and many people build up friendships with other boaters that spill over into the local pub or restaurant and last long after the holiday is over. Some boats are based at the Coventry Canal Basin at the terminus of the Coventry Canal in the very Heart of England (Photo right). It is easily accessible from the the M40, M6, M69 and is well signposted from the Coventry ring road; a short taxi ride from Coventry railway station and about 20 minutes by taxi from Birmingham International Airport. Please email if you require directions. Boats also leave from our Stratford-upon-Avon base at Valley Wharf, Western Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 0AH. The wharf is just outside of the city centre, Shakespeare's birthplace, on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in lovely South Warwickshire. It is next to the Stratford Railway station and about 40 minutes from the nearest Airport, which is Birmingham International Airport. For more details, or to book your trip, please visit the Valley Cruises website.


War Memorial Park

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Kenilworth Road, Coventry, CV3 6PT

The War Memorial 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 Godiva Festival, the biggest free family festival in the UK. Enjoy light refreshments at the Pavilion Café or Beechtree Cafe.


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. With several venues under one roof, including the prestigious Butterworth Hall, it is one of the largest arts centres in the country, welcoming thousands of visitors all year round.

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.

Warwick Arts Centre aims to be a place of creative stimulation, refreshment, and artistic adventure for audiences and artists alike.

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.


West Midlands Police Museum

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Little Park Street, Coventry City Centre, CV1 2JX

West Midlands Police Museum illustrates some of the more gruesome aspects of Coventry. Exhibits are on display within the museum including the death of Mary Ball- the last woman to be hanged in Coventry. Please note that some parts of the museum are restricted to over 18s only. It opens your eyes to the jobs police have to do in the past, present and future.


Xcel Leisure Centre

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Xcel Leisure Centre, Mitchell Avenue, Coventry, CV4 8DY

Hailed as the flagship project for the Canley Regeneration Scheme, the Xcel Leisure Centre has been designed with the needs of the local community in mind. The Xcel Leisure Centre boasts some of the most modern access adaptations for people with a range of disabilities including innovations such as a moveable floor and independent access lift into the swimming pool for participants with mobility difficulties.