Top Things To Do in Coventry
Our top picks for things to do when visiting Coventry
Visiting Coventry? Need some ideas for what to do whilst you're in the area? We've got you covered! Read on to find out our top things to do!
Coventry Cathedral, located right in the city centre, is one mile walk from Gosford Apartments. In the past 1000 years, the city has had three cathedrals, with the modern Coventry Cathedral named for St Michael. A much older part of the Cathedral's structure still remains standing after being bombed in enemy air raids during the Second World War. In the following years, the leaders of the Cathedral Community decided to preserve the ruins of the old Cathedral to serve as a reminder of the waste of war. This contrast between the new and old structures makes the Cathedral a true spectacle. Get your camera at the ready for this excellent photo opportunity! Admission to the cathedral is free, however, donations are warmly welcomed as they go towards maintaining the building.
Coombe Abbey Park
Fancy some fresh air and green space? Coombe Abbey Park is the place for you! Just three miles from Gosford Apartments (a seven minute drive!) you can explore over 500 acres of gardens, woodland, lakes and wildlife.
Coombe Abbey Park Visitor Centre is open every day from 10am to 4pm, and is where you can find maps or trail guides to help you explore and make the most of the area. Here you can also look around the Discovery Centre to learn some fun woodland and grassland facts. There are even some interactive educational exhibits for kids.
Feeling peckish or needing something to quench your thirst? You can visit the Cafe in the Park and choose something from its extensive menu. The cafe licensed to serve alcohol, so if you want to enjoy a cool beer on a hot summer's day, this is the place to go. Alternatively, there are plenty of picnic or BBQ areas if you want to bring your own supplies.
Coombe Abbey Park is suitable for children and adults of all ages, boasting a whole range of activities. If you're feeling daring, you can check out their Go Ape! course. It goes without saying that dogs are also very welcome, although be aware that most of the park operates a 'dogs on lead' policy. This is to protect wildlife, formal gardens area, natural habitat and other visitors. Dogs can be exercised off the lead in designated areas as long as they are under control.
There's also a gift shop with plenty of pocket-money-friendly toys, including Coombe souvenirs, footballs, rounders sets and more. Parking is only £5 for the whole day, so you can enjoy yourself for hours on end in beautiful surroundings without breaking the bank!
Coventry Transport Museum
Beep Beep! Move over - here is the largest collection of British-made road transport vehicles in the UK! The fact it's in Coventry isn't surprising considering, the historical importance of the city as the centre of the British car industry. Did you know that Coventry is the city where the modern bicycle was invented? Walk through the ages and learn the history of the motor car with interactive and informative exhibitions. Marvel at the rare collections and test yourself with some engineering challenges. A perfect day out for adults and kids alike, and just over one mile from Gosford Apartments.
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Discover hidden truths about Coventry's rich social history at the Herbert Museum & Art Gallery. The Herbert is part of Culture Coventry, who also run the local heritage site, Coventry Transport Museum (mentioned above). This space is home to a range of collections, including Visual Arts, Social and Industrial History, Archaeology and Natural History. A mile from Gosford Apartments and less than a mile from Coventry train station, it’s very easy to get to and distinctive due to its unique architectural design. Admission to the museum is free, and its diverse and interactive exhibitions make it one of the most popular galleries in the West Midlands. Definitely give this one a visit if you’re in the area!
War Memorial Park
Coventry's largest city park, War Memorial Park, was opened 100 years ago as a tribute to remember the soldiers lost in battle during the First World War. It’s less than ten minutes away from Gosford Apartments in a car and spans over 48 hectares. That means there's plenty of space to explore and enjoy time in nature, especially if you have a dog you want to be let off the lead! Take a stroll through the lush green space or use one of it’s many facilities. These include tennis courts, a children's play area, a skate park, an aviary and even a small golf course. After exploring this beautiful space, be sure to stop for a coffee or snack in Conroy's Cafe in the Park. Gluten-free options are available and the staff are cross-contamination aware if you have any allergies.
There we have it - just some of the fabulous things to do in Coventry. We're confident that with these attractions in your sights, you can make your trip to Coventry one to remember!
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