Coventry

Travel Guide
Coventry showing night scenes and outdoor art

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

Royal Court Hotel & Spa Coventry
Royal Court Hotel & Spa Coventry
3 out of 5
The price is £33 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Situated in Coventry, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ricoh Arena, Coventry Transport Museum and Coventry University. Coventry Cathedral is 3.1 mi ...
2.8/5 (924 reviews)
"Cheap and cheerful but very comfortable. Loved that my bath was a mini spa!"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Royal Court Hotel & Spa Coventry
Telegraph Hotel - Coventry
Telegraph Hotel - Coventry
4 out of 5
The price is £58 per night from 6 Jan to 6 Jan
Located in Coventry City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Orchards Shopping and Coventry Cathedral. Coventry Transport Museum and Coventry ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (60 reviews)
"Very good stay, good value, prime city location"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

Telegraph Hotel - Coventry
Village Hotel Coventry
Village Hotel Coventry
3.5 out of 5
The price is £60 per night from 30 Dec to 30 Dec
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Warwick, Coventry Transport Museum and Coventry Cathedral. Coventry ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (959 reviews)
"Very nice staff all willing to help you. Just did not get time use all you have to offer"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2021

Village Hotel Coventry
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Old County Court
Old County Court
3.5 out of 5
The price is £68 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Coventry City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from St Mary's Guildhall and Coventry Cathedral. Coventry University and Coventry Transport ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
"It was cosy. The room was in the attic with a small window in the roof. The weather was very very warm outside as result the room was very warm. The facilities available in the room were very good."

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

Old County Court
Riley House Spacious City Apartment
Riley House Spacious City Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Located in Coventry City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lady Godiva Statue and Coventry Cathedral. Coventry University and Coventry ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Amazing location, clean and spacious apartment
"Amazing location, clean and spacious apartment and great service from the host. The host was always available if we needed him, he even dropped off personal items of clothing which were accidentally left behind after checking out. Would definitely recommend and be back soon"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2021

Riley House Spacious City Apartment
Belgrade Plaza Serviced Apartments
Belgrade Plaza Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
The price is £90 per night from 6 Jan to 6 Jan
Located in Coventry City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry University and Coventry Cathedral. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (29 reviews)
"It was centrally located, convenient to the shops and the apartment was very clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2021

Belgrade Plaza Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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