The ancient city of Coventry is located in the West Midlands of England as part of Warwickshire and is best known for its historical sites of interest and parks and gardens. The city is protected from urban expansion through the Green Belt that surrounds it and like much of the UK, Coventry experiences cool summers and mild winters. The nearest airport is Birmingham, but the city can also be easily reached by bus and rail from elsewhere in the UK.
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During the Bronze Age much of Coventry was covered by the Forest of Arden, and it was this and it’s flowing rivers that attracted people to settle here at the time. Over the years Coventry became known for various exports, in the 14th century it traded cloth and became one of the largest and most important cities of the Middle Ages in England, and in the 18th and 19th centuries it became known for its watch and clock manufacturers. It was only when Switzerland became fierce competition in the clock and watch industry that Coventry began to be a key player in bicycle manufacture and the British motor industry, enjoying a boom in the 1950’s and 1960’s. If you’re interested to find out more about the history of transport, then be sure to visit the Coventry Transport Museum. The Museum is free to enter, and takes visitors on a journey through the evolution of transport from horse and carriages and penny farthings to military vehicles and the ThrustSSC, the current Land Speed Record holder. There’s even a simulator of the vehicle so visitors can see what it’s like to travel at over 760mph!
The new found wealth from the British motor boom meant that the city could nurture the arts and sports scene. The Belgrade Theatre and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum were both born out of this Golden Age and are still just as popular today. If you’re visiting with children, the latter has a wealth of interactive displays and entry is free. Meanwhile the Belgrade Theatre makes for a great evening with a loved one, with a constantly changing program of events including plays, musicals and pantos.
First timers to Coventry should make sure they visit the Cathedral, built after the former 14th century building was destroyed during WWII bombings, and St Mary’s Guildhall, a Medieval building once used to imprison Mary Queen of Scots and as a venue for Shakespeare’s performances.
For some fresh air and a taste of the British countryside, Coombe Abbey Country Park is just 5 miles from the city centre, sprawling over 500 acres of serene parkland, gardens and woodland. The park is particularly popular with bird watchers, but there is also a deer park, a premier course fishery and a picnic area. Alternatively, Coventry War Memorial Park offers an array of sports facilities including football pitches, tennis courts, golf and a play area for little ones. It’s also the venue for the annual free weekend of music, The Godiva Festival.
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