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

Coventry City Centre
Coventry featuring night scenes

Coventry City Centre

Known for Cathedrals, Universities, American Football

3.5/5(34 reviews)

Coventry City Centre is noteworthy for its museums, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Coventry Cathedral and Lady Godiva Statue.

Binley
Binley, Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Binley

Known for Friendly People, Bars, Budget

3.5/5(10 reviews)

Binley is well-liked for its bars, and you can visit sights like Coombe Abbey Country Park and Ricoh Arena if you have time to explore the area.

Holbrooks
Holbrooks, Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Holbrooks

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Holbrooks and surrounding area, you can visit Ricoh Arena and Coventry Cathedral.

Exhall
Exhall, Coventry, England, United Kingdom
trover photo by Martin Hajdukiewicz

Exhall

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Exhall and surrounding area, you can visit Ricoh Arena and Coventry Cathedral.

Top hotels in Coventry

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
4 out of 5
£55
per night
1 Dec-2 Dec

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Coventry University, Ricoh Arena and Coombe Abbey Country Park. Lady Godiva Statue and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (722 reviews)

"Good stay and very good value for money with Expedia points £37! Wow!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2019

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel
Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel
3 out of 5
£31
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

Situated in Coventry, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of West Orchards Shopping, Ricoh Arena and University of Warwick. Coventry Transport Museum and Lady ...

2.8/5 (1,080 reviews)

"Well... it was cheap n chearful I suppose, but actually the room was clean & everything worked as it should. The shower was good n hot & powerful, the bedding clean & presentable. However....The building is old & tired. Our room was on the first floor & the ill fitting ancient sliding aluminium windows ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel
Coombe Abbey Hotel
Coombe Abbey Hotel
4 out of 5
£76
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

Situated in a regional park, this boutique hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Coventry University, Coventry Cathedral and Coventry Transport Museum. Ricoh Arena ...

4.4/5Excellent! (708 reviews)

"Beautiful period features, friendly staff and wonderful backdrop for a wedding."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Coombe Abbey Hotel

Popular things to do in Coventry

Coventry Cathedral
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Coventry Cathedral

4.5/5(12 reviews)

The ruins of an ancient Gothic monument and the grandeur of a modern architectural landmark combine at this fascinating site. 

Coombe Abbey Country Park
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Coombe Abbey Country Park

Walking trails weave through this historical parkland to an arboretum, bird-watching areas, a converted 12th-century abbey and wildflower meadow. 

Coventry Transport Museum
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Coventry Transport Museum

4.5/5(2 reviews)

See a collection of vintage vehicles, experience the thrill of the world’s fastest car and discover the importance of the automobile industry to Coventry. 

Lady Godiva Statue
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Lady Godiva Statue

Ponder the centuries-old legend about a local noblewoman when you view this equestrian statue located in a central Coventry shopping precinct.

Coventry Canal Basin
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Coventry Canal Basin

Old warehouses filled with artisanal shops and tearooms surround the basin of the Coventry Canal. Take a narrow boat cruise between its parks and art trail.

Bullring Shopping Centre
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Bullring Shopping Centre

4.5/5(618 reviews)

An ultra-modern complex, this shopping destination is built on the site of a centuries-old marketplace, continuing Birmingham’s tradition of commerce and ambition.

Top activities in Coventry

Warwick Castle Tickets
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Warwick Castle Tickets

£12

Experience 1,100 years of Great British history in one of England's finest medieval fortresses. Soaring into 2019 is the UK's largest Bird of Prey show; The Falconer's Quest. Search the skies overhead as free flying Birds of Prey take flight in an all action, dynamic display of aerial acrobatics.

Discover Shakespeare's Country and Cotswolds
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Discover Shakespeare's Country and Cotswolds

£55

See some of the most beautiful spots in the UK on this excellent tour of Shakespeare’s home town Stratford-upon-Avon and an official Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Cotswolds. An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places.

Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

£25

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Aspire Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle, complete with access to amenities such as Wi-Fi, TV, magazines, and delicious snacks.

Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford
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Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford

£102

On this excursion from London, enjoy a taste of medieval Britain at Warwick Castle, discover a literary great in Stratford-upon-Avon—home to the famous Shakespeare, and experience the magic of Oxford, known as the “City of Dreaming Spires”.

Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds with Lunch Pack
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Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds with Lunch Pack

£80

See some of the most beautiful spots in the UK on this excellent tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon and an official Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Cotswolds. An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places.

Disc Golf
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Disc Golf

£7

Itinerary This is a nine-hole Disc (Frisbee) golf course, you will be provided with a hire disc map and scorecard. And will be free to play a round on the course.

Reviews of Coventry

3.4

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
35
5 - Excellent 11.986301369863014%
4 - Good
118
4 - Good 40.41095890410959%
3 - Okay
90
3 - Okay 30.82191780821918%
2 - Disappointing
25
2 - Disappointing 8.561643835616438%
1 - Terrible
24
1 - Terrible 8.219178082191782%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Nov 2019

its a nice city but I didn't visit Coventry on this trip.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

A lovely city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

The Cathedral and replacement are stunning. FarGo worth a visit. It’ll be really interesting to revisit in 2021 when it is the City of Culture.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

the road systems are confusing & the town looks as if its seen better days

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Nov 2019

To be honest the town centre is not lovely - however the cathedral is stunning and that is the nicest area of the city centre

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Nov 2019

Hotel handy for the Ricoh arena/ stadium!