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CoventryUnited Kingdom

From its architecture to its industry and sporting events, this is a city of fascinating contrasts just an hour by train from London. 

Coventry is a city of hope, survival and rejuvenation fueled by the passion of its people. Centuries-old monuments, art galleries and museums bring to life its two golden ages. A thriving wool town in the Middle Ages, Coventry was a world-leader in car manufacturing in the 1800s and 1900s. German bomb raids devastated the city in 1940 and the demise of the British car industry brought hardship, but it has since bounced back to become a vibrant cultural destination.

Antiquity abounds in the Cathedral Quarter, a compact district with landmark buildings. Coventry Cathedral has both the ruins of a 14th-century cathedral and a new modernist church. See the relics of the city’s first cathedral at the Priory Visitor Centre and admire Doom artwork at the Holy Trinity Church. St. Mary’s Guildhall is a fine example of a medieval guildhall and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum celebrates local history.

Stroll to Broadgate, a pedestrianized plaza dominated by the Lady Godiva Statue. The statue honors the folkloric tale of Godiva, Countess of Mercia, who rode naked on horseback through the city streets. Brand-name retailers, boutiques, cafés, pubs and malls line the streets of the surrounding precinct. Shop for fresh produce and flowers, handmade jewelry, second-hand clothes and toys at Coventry Market.

Learn about the city’s importance to the bike and car-manufacturing industries at Coventry Transport Museum. Nearby Cook Street Gate and Swanswell Gate are the sole-surviving gates of a 14th-century defensive wall. On Spon Street a collection of restored half-timbered houses hark back to medieval times. Browse displays of clocks and watches at Coventry Watch Museum Project.

For sporting entertainment, watch a Coventry City soccer match or Wasps rugby match at Ricoh Arena. Attend plays, musicals and stand-up shows at Belgrade Theatre.

Direct train services travel daily from Coventry to Birmingham, London, Manchester and Oxford. Use public buses to reach attractions outside of the city such as Coombe Abbey Country Park and Kenilworth Castle.

Where to stay in Coventry

Binley, Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Binley

You'll appreciate the bars during your time in Binley and you might want to plan a stop by Coombe Abbey Country Park and Ricoh Arena while you're in the area.

Binley
Coventry featuring night scenes

Coventry City Centre

3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)

Coventry City Centre is noteworthy for its museums, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Coventry Cathedral and Lady Godiva Statue.

Coventry City Centre
Lovely early start this morning at Hawkesbury Junction where the Oxford Canal meets the Coventry Canal, beautiful sunrise with golden tones, mottled clouds and calm waters with a slight mist in the air. Just outside the lovely Greyhound Inn.

Exhall

Exhall might not have many top sights, but Ricoh Arena and Coventry Cathedral are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Exhall
Holbrooks, Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Holbrooks

While Holbrooks isn't home to many top sights, Ricoh Arena and Coventry Cathedral are some notable places to visit nearby.

Holbrooks

Top Hotels in Coventry

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
4 out of 5
Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle, Coventry, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $60 per night

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Coombe Abbey Country Park, Coventry University, and Ricoh Arena. Lady Godiva Statue and West ...

4.1/5Very Good! (796 reviews)

"Everything. Cleans rooms, service is excellent. I will definitely come back"…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel
Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel
3 out of 5
Rye Hill, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry, England
The price is $38 per night

Situated in Coventry, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of West Orchards Shopping, Coventry University, and Ricoh Arena. University of Warwick and Coventry Transport ...

2.8/5 (1,150 reviews)

"everything is fine hotel staff very good hotel is clean"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel
Citrus Hotel Coventry by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Hotel Coventry by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
London Road Ryton-on-dunsmore, Coventry, England

Situated in Coventry, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Ryton Organic Gardens and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Ryton Pools Country Park. Coventry University and University ...

3.8/5Good! (105 reviews)

"The front desk manager , J D, is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is superb. The room is spacious and clean."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Citrus Hotel Coventry by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Coventry

Coventry Cathedral
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Coventry Cathedral

4/5(1 review)

The ruins of an ancient Gothic monument and the grandeur of a modern architectural landmark combine at this fascinating site. 

Coombe Abbey Country Park
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Coombe Abbey Country Park

Walking trails weave through this historical parkland to an arboretum, bird-watching areas, a converted 12th-century abbey and wildflower meadow. 

Coventry Transport Museum
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Coventry Transport Museum

4/5(1 review)

See a collection of vintage vehicles, experience the thrill of the world’s fastest car and discover the importance of the automobile industry to Coventry. 

Lady Godiva Statue
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Lady Godiva Statue

Ponder the centuries-old legend about a local noblewoman when you view this equestrian statue located in a central Coventry shopping precinct.

Spon Street
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Spon Street

Learn about the local history of Coventry with a stop at Spon Street. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Coventry Canal Basin
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Coventry Canal Basin

Old warehouses filled with artisanal shops and tearooms surround the basin of the Coventry Canal. Take a narrow boat cruise between its parks and art trail.

Top things to do in Coventry

Warwick Castle Tickets
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Warwick Castle Tickets

76% of travellers recommend
$26
Per adult
Shakespeare's Family Homes Tickets
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Shakespeare's Family Homes Tickets

88% of travellers recommend
$74
Per adult
Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds with Lunch Pack
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Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds with Lunch Pack

$100
Per adult
Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

100% of travellers recommend
$30
Per adult
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – from Birmingham
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – from Birmingham

$116
Per adult
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

$89
Per adult

Reviews of Coventry

3.5

Guest rating

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4 - Good 50%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 31.818181818181817%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

Good curry but the town has nothing special to offer

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

May 6, 2019

Coventry was a disappointing city. We went on a Sunday and it was closed. Not a Joke - the whole town was closed down on a late Sunday afternoon. Tourists; Avoid!!!! But the hotel is not actually anywhere near the city or near anything really...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 21, 2018

Seems like a nice town

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