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Visit Coventry

With a population of over 300,000 people, Coventry is the 11th largest city in the UK and famous for its three spires, ribbon industry, watchmaking, motor manufacturing, innovative technologies, world stage events and excellent transport links.

Surrounded by breathtaking Warwickshire countryside, Coventry’s city centre provides a perfect contrast to the rural suburbs of leafy Kenilworth, Warwick, Rugby and Stratford-upon-Avon. With free attractions such as the famous Coventry Transport Museum, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Priory Undercrofts, the city has much to offer. A visit wouldn’t be complete without entering the Medieaval ruins of Coventry Cathedral, discovering a wealth of exciting history for all ages. Visitors can also relax and unwind with a wide selection of main brand shops and Independent retailers, try out many of the coffee shops, bars and restaurants and entertain family and friends with great evening entertainment at cinemas, theatres and nightclubs.

The place we call ‘Coventry Cathedral’ is in fact two buildings that lie at the very heart of the city of Coventry. The Ruins of the ‘old Cathedral’ are the remains of a mediaeval parish church, consecrated to be the Cathedral of the new Diocese of Coventry in 1918. In less than 20 years, this building would be destroyed by enemy air attack in the Second World War.

Rather than sweeping away the ruins or rebuilding a replica of the former church, inspired by the message of Christ for reconciliation, the then leaders of the Cathedral Community took the courageous step to build a new Cathedral and preserve the remains of the old Cathedral as a moving reminder of the folly and waste of war. From that point, Coventry Cathedral became the inspiration for a ministry of peace and reconciliation that has reached out across the entire world. Coventry has had three Cathedrals in the past 1000 years: the 12th century Priory Church of St Mary, the mediaeval Parish Church Cathedral of St Michael and the modern Coventry Cathedral, also named for St Michael.

Coventry is the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry. Discover the fascinating story behind the development of road transport from the earliest cycles to the fastest cars on earth.

With thrills, nostalgia, inspiration and a little bit of education, join us on a surprising and emotional journey through 150 years of innovation and find out about the people who made it happen.The Museum’s unique collection has been ‘designated’ as a collection of national importance. So with over 240 cars, commercial vehicles and buses, 94 motorcycles, 200 cycles, 25,000 models and around 1 million archive and ephemera items, you are sure to have a Great Day Out at one of the Midlands’ best attractions.

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is named after Sir Alfred Herbert, a local industrialist who founded Alfred Herbert Limited, at one time the world’s largest machine toolmaking company.

Providing that perfect venue for the people of Coventry and visitors to the City to meet, greet, celebrate and explore their cultural and creative past, present and futures, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum is one of Coventry’s most important locations. Presenting a wealth of historic knowledge, unique exhibitions, local events and doubling up as an exciting educational resource, the Herbert continues to provide an outstanding service to locals, visitors and the community.

The Belgrade Theatre is one of Coventry’s most iconic buildings, with the introduction of an impressive new entrance hall, downstairs bar, 850 seat air-conditioned main auditorium and a 250-300 seat second auditorium.

The main auditorium is host to a fantastic programme of well known touring productions; whilst the creation of the new intimate performance space B2 allows the Belgrade to host some of the most original and ground-breaking touring companies in the country. The theatre also houses a newly established permanent exhibition space run in conjunction with the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. Also on-site is the popular Signature Cafe & Restuarant for light snacks and pre-show meals.

Set within a site covering more than 40 acres, the Ricoh Arena is unlike any other venue of its kind in the UK. Versatile, Memorable, Unique. 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. Offering 81 bedrooms on-site with the luxurious De Vere Hotel, the Ricoh also plays host to worldwide superstars such as Coldplay, Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Take That and Pink. Along with on-site restaurants,exhibition halls and plenty of parking, the Ricoh Arena is an outstanding, world class venue.

Located adjacent to the Belgrade Theatre, the Plaza is a truly mixed-used city centre development. Featuring an on-site hotel, restaurants and mulit-storey car park, Belgrade Plaza is about to enter it’s second phase.

Budget hotel chain Premier Inn takes up much of the new city centre skyline, as it towers over the newly developed Theatre district. Along with Pizza Express and Bella Italia, the Plaza has much to offer before or after seeing a show at the neighbouring Belgrade Theatre, and with over 600 car park spaces also next door, it’s both a convenient and exceptionally well connected area to the main city centre shopping areas.

For a family day out or quiet little picnic in the open air, visit Coombe Country Park. It offers 500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland, lakeside walks and bird watching.

Coombe Country Park offers a wide range of facilities including a Visitor Centre with Discovery Centre, History room, information desk, Heron Table Restaurant and gift shop. Outside in the park, Coombe has one of Warwickshire’s largest heronries easily viewed from the park’s large accessible bird hide. Coombe also has a climbing forest and children’s play areas, formal gardens, lakeside walks, historical trails, premier coarse fishing, exciting events and activities and extensive educational programmes.

War Memorial Park is Coventry’s premier green space and attracts around 400,000 visitors from all over the city and further beyond every year. Many come to enjoy a casual visit, while others come to take part in some of the many special events that take place throughout the year.

Providing the perfect backdrop to the annual Godiva Festival, the park is a superb example of recreational excellence. Along with the newly developed tennis courts, play area and football pitches, War Memorial Park also provides enthusiastic walkers with a perfect location to relax and unwind.

Just 5 minutes walk from the main city centre, Central Six offers a huge variety of National branded stores, outlets and chains, along with easy parking, fast food restaurants and extended opening hours.

Along with the likes of Hobbycraft, Boots and TK Max, Central Six also provides shoppers with the likes of Next, Outfit, Mothercare, Sports Direct, American Golf, JJB and Brantano. With something for everyone, you can also grab a bite to eat with the nearby Burger King, and catch the local train from the station which is just a few minutes walk.

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