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Famed for tales of Lady Godiva, riding her horse naked through the city, Coventry has rich history and a perfect central location. Situated in the middle of the UK, it is a great base for a driving holiday. Take out a hire car in Coventry and get ready to explore.
Coventry lies in the county of Warwickshire, Shakespeare’s land. Stratford-upon-Avon is less than half an hour away by car, so make a pilgrimage to his birthplace and watch his works come to life at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Otherwise head to the town of Warwick and visit its castle to hear stories of fierce battles and brave knights.
East Midlands Airport is about 50 minutes from Coventry via the M1 and M69 motorways. Birmingham Airport is just over 10 miles away, or a 20-minute drive up the A45, and Gloucestershire Airport is 55 miles away, taking just over an hour by car. The city also has good rail links with the surrounding big cities and is within an hour of London.
There are numerous options for a rental car in Coventry. Try Europcar, Avis and Hertz for vehicles that can be picked up at airports or in town.
Coventry was heavily bombed during World War Two. Raids by the Luftwaffe destroyed large parts of the city, meaning much of the architecture is relatively modern and not necessarily pretty. But drive just 15 minutes out to villages like Kenilworth and Temple Balsall and there is prettiness in abundance.
For sports fans there is lots going on. Coventry Blaze is the city’s popular ice hockey team, while 40 minutes away in Birmingham you have St Andrews, home of Birmingham City football club, and Villa Park, home of Aston Villa. The roads between Birmingham and Coventry are easy to navigate. Take either the M6 or the more picturesque A45 and find the Bull Ring shopping centre. Its silver spots and smooth curves are hard to miss, and car parks are well signposted and vast.
About 30 miles north of Coventry is Leicester, another sporting city. Visit the King Power Stadium and hear all about Leicester City’s footballing fairytale and their rise to become Premiership champions. Or keep your distance and choose to go shopping instead. Highcross is the home of all the main high street brands, and there are a number of independent shops in the surrounding streets.
Driving in Coventry is generally straightforward, apart from the ring road that surrounds the city, which has a legendary status. It can be hard to exit and enter, and many drivers find themselves doing a few laps.
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