When international visitors think of Coventry, the famous Coventry Cathedral usually tops the list.
However, there is much more to interest the visitor in this famous city that endured so much destruction during the Second World War.
The firestorm destroyed a lot of the medieval city but this gave Coventry the opportunity to rebuild in a modern, pedestrian friendly manner. It has kept as much of its history as possible, incorporating it into the 20th century city.
Two of the twelve medieval gate towers have survived with an intact section of the medieval city walls. These can be seen at Cook and Swanswell Streets. This section is near Lady Herbert’s Garden and is directly opposite the Coventry Transport Museum.
Coventry is synonymous with the name of Anglo-Saxon noblewoman Lady Godiva. She is commemorated all over town, and there is a statue of her in the shopping centre close to the Cathedral. Also close by the Cathedral is the 12th century Holy Trinity Parish Church, Broadgate which is worth a visit.
Coventry has played an important role in Britain’s transport manufacturing history and this is recognized by several museums both in the city and close by. To the south of Coventry on the M40 (near Warwick) at Gaydon is the Heritage Motor Centre - a must for the motor buff.
Coventry Canal Basin is only a 5 minute walk from Coventry town centre and is an interesting place to visit. There is a sculpture walk along the canal and arts and craft shops in the Basin warehouses.
Being in the geographical centre of England, Coventry is an ideal starting point for canal journeys to Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Leicester & Manchester – just to name a few.
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- By Public Transport
The local bus service is ‘National Express Coventry’. They run a comprehensive local service mainly from the City Centre Pool Meadow Bus Station. Routes and timetables are detailed at Web: National Express Coventry
- By Car
Coventry is well served by an inner city ring road – called the ‘Ringway’. Between each on ramp and off ramp (Junction), the name of the Ringway reflects the section of the city.
For example, near the Cathedral, it is ‘Ringway Whitefriars’ whilst on the north-west of the city it is ‘Ringway St Nicholas’ after the St Nicholas Street Junction.
- Car Parking
As with all large busy cities, car parking is not easy to find. However the Coventry Council has a good website which will help Web: Coventry Council Car Parking link
One car park (Pay & Display), close to the city centre is bounded by Fairfax Street and Cox Street. This car park is very popular & vacant bays are not always available, however it is worth a try and is just a short walk to Priory Street, Coventry Cathedral and the Holy Trinity Parish Church. Use junctions 2 or 3 for this car park.
Coventry is in the geographical centre of England known as The Midlands, and is well served by motorways, rail and airlines. Birmingham International Airport is just less than eleven miles (18 kms) from Coventry and is easily accessible via the A45 towards Birmingham.
- By Car
From Birmingham: Coventry is about 18 miles (29 kms) east of Birmingham and is served by the M6 motorway.
From London: From the M25 ring road around London take the M40 to Birmingham. Take the M42 ring road, then the M6 east to Coventry.
- Journey Times: (other than in peak periods)
London to Birmingham via the M25/M40 – about 2 hours
Birmingham to Coventry via M42/M6 – about 35 minutes
- Park & Ride Service
Coventry has a “Park & Ride’ bus service. The route operates from Coventry's War Memorial Park situated on the Kenilworth Road/ A45. Please Note: The ‘Park & Ride’ service does NOT run on a Sunday. Find out more at Web: Coventry Park & Ride Service
- By Rail From London: Virgin Trains run half hourly services on week days from Euston London Station to Birmingham New Street Station. Exit the train at Coventry Station (prior to Birmingham) - journey time is about 1 hour.
For Timetables, Seat availability and Ticketing, go to Web: National Rail Enquiries website
- By Coach
From London: From London Victoria Bus Station to Pool Meadows bus station at Coventry. Regular journey timetable with trip time up to three hours.
For timetable, seat availability and ticketing go to Web: National Express Coach website
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