Rich heritage, Fascinating Castles, and Contemporary lifestyle- Coventry!

27 April 2020 0 By Saket Gupta

Coventry sets special with its novel blend of historic cathedral quality and the modernity of a manufacturing hub. Tucked away still very close to London, the city dates back to Saxon times in the UK and exhibits magnificent medieval history by its artefacts, museums and forts & buildings. This 14th-century medieval city has been exquisitely conserved to offer a rich journey to its history. The city promises to delight the “Traveller in You” with its elegance, tranquillity and antiquity. 

Here’s a list of things to do in Coventry

St Marys’ Guildhall is a classic illustration from the medieval guild’s era. The interiors and fine artworks at this building exhibit Coventry’s glorious past and satisfy your creative cravings. It’s an oasis of historic appeal and tranquil experience. Formerly, it used to be a merchant guild in the 13th century, and an HQ for the Mayor in the 15th century. 

Now, it’s the desired scene for filming and fashion, high profile conferences, and receptions. If you are wondering what to do in Coventry once you are there? This is our 1st suggestion, thank us later!

Magical medieval vibes here make the experience even more romantic. If you travel with your bae and love exploring history, visiting St. Mary’s Guildhall is one of the things to do in Coventry for dates. 

Walk Hand-in-hand through the elegantly carved staircase to access the Grand hall and just travel back in time. Magnificent walls with enormous fine portraits of Monarch are mighty pleasant.  You would never get to experience the most elegant Tapestry design of the walls anywhere better. The stained glass windows that dominate one complete wall just add to the exquisiteness and draw your attention to the incredible late 15th-century tapestry. It’s a rare sight to behold.  This is not it, the Guild takes you into a mystic tour with its other 6 other rooms. The Undercroft, The Drapers Room, The Mercers’ Room, The Fullers Room, The Tanners’ Suite The Armoury. 

Coventry Cathedral- If you want to dive deep into the medieval era, Coventry Cathedral would further proffer you a sense of the architecture from those times. One of the top spots is St Michael’s Cathedral which was preserved after it was bombed in WWII. 

Stroll through the nave and the window tracery in this memorial to find the hint of artistic tapestry and the stained glass windows from that era. Historical forts and structures are the heart of Coventry. Still, that’s not all about it. The city exhibits class and innovation in true essence. 

Coventry Transport Museum is a representation of classic taste in machines, mainly cars and bikes. This is your prospect to endure and appreciate the most extensive and fine compilation of British vehicles available at this institution.  Built in 1980, it houses a selection of motor cars, commercial vehicles, cycles and motorcycles. The first batch of motor cars was displayed in 1952 and it has been evolving ever since. 

Would you be startled to know that the world’s two fastest cars are acquired here? That’s added incentive for you to visit Coventry and the Transport Museum. This place makes for the best family tour.  Fancy driving the 2 fastest cars as you may just get to endure it. 

In the Biffa Award Land Speed Record Exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum, you can witness both ThrustSSC and Thrust2, and encounter what it’s like to drive through the sound barrier, on a 4D Land Speed Record Simulator! 

Coventry doesn’t disappoint anyone, the art lovers get to explore art and culture.

Warwick Arts Centre,  situated in the middle of the university campus, University of Warwick offers Theatre companies, art exhibitions, national opera, talks with Nobel Prize-winning writers, comedy, classical and contemporary music, dance and movie screenings across the different venues here.

The UK is also distinguished for its luxurious castles, Kenilworth Castle in Coventry is one of them. Built-in Norman times, in the 1120s, which was later expanded by King John, John of Gaunt and Henry is one of the great historical sites in the UK. The ruins are extensive and enthralling. 

You’ll need a day to see everything, from medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace and more. What you can enjoy further are Tower views, Elizabethan gardens, Leicester’s Gatehouse, Castle and its people, Castle keeps, Great hall and stables tearoom. 

As Coventry has something for everyone, even for music lovers and kids!

Coventry Godiva Festival is a free music festival with alternative rock and mainstream music. The 3-day festival takes place towards the end of August at War Memorial Park. Some of the bands that have performed in the past are the Happy Mondays, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Buzzcocks, the Stranglers have all played here. All this is complemented with funfair and falconry exhibits, as well as a charity village and petting farm. A good vacation should be complemented with a good stay. There’s a variety of luxury and budget hotels in Coventry that you may consider. 

There’s more for your kids, more like a fun education boat ride at The Coventrian Narrowboat operated by The Living Environment Trust. The concept is mainly focused on children learning more about waterway ecology, canal history and heritage, travel and transport, and environmental impact. The list goes long when it comes to places in Coventry. Some other host destinations include Lunt Roman Fort, a short drive from Coventry’s city centre that leads to this beauty. It has an impressive archaeological site with a partially reconstructed Roman fort made from timber. Baddesley Clinton and Ryton Pools Country Park would eb a good pick too. 

A trip is never complete without retail therapy, agree? Shopping in Coventry is quite satisfying. Visit West Orchard Shopping Centre one-stop-shop for all kinds of tastes. From trendy designer clothes to popular national foods to shoe pavilions, as well as cosmetics and perfume, the center is flushed with options and spoils you for a choice. There are other options as well, including Lower Precinct and Lower Precinct.

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