With the new year underway, there is no better time to put your wellbeing first and enjoy a well-deserved break exploring the attractions in Coventry. Unwind from the stresses of everyday life and immerse yourself in a historical, quaint stay in the 2021 City of Culture.
Bursting at the seams with beautiful and historical attractions, Coventry holds some of the most unusual and desirable hidden gems of the Midlands. Make the most out of your stay and explore what Coventry has waiting for you.
1. Visit the historic Coventry Cathedral
Quite possibly one of the most prestigious places to visit is Coventry Cathedral. What started as two buildings; with the remains of a mediaeval parish church (known as the old Cathedral), soon became one. Following the Second World War, the old Cathedral was destroyed. Rather than sweeping the rubble away or recreating a replica, the Cathedral Community’s leaders took the decision of building a new Cathedral while preserving the remains of the old Cathedral as a powerful reminder of the war. With a profound history, this stunning Cathedral gives tourists an opportunity to step back in time.
2. Explore The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Offering the perfect place to engage in Coventry’s culture and arts, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is a wonderful attraction in Coventry. With ever-changing displays and stunning exhibitions, gain a fresh perspective on significant art pieces and delve into an extensive range of galleries from the Visual Arts to Social and Industrial History, Archaeology and Natural History.
3. Tap into musical arts at Drapers’ Hall
An impressive Regency Hall located in the heart of the city, the intimate Drapers’ Hall is a repurposed venue for music and musical education. Built in 1831, this building hosts a variety of music and event programmes in the vibrant cultural landscape of Coventry.
4. Enjoy a day out at The Wave
Although the weather may be cold and wet, that doesn’t mean family activities are off the table. Spoil the kids to a fun afternoon at The Wave, an award-winning indoor waterpark. Perfect for both the thrill and chill seekers, The Wave has impressive water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river.
5. Watch cultural performances at the Belgrade Theatre
To keep your feet firmly on the ground and dry, why not enjoy a cultural trip to the Belgrade Theatre? This great attraction in Coventry is the ultimate place to be entertained with a range of outstanding creative performances. From musical acts, comedy shows and dance performances, to drama and classic musicals, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the theatre.
6. Gear up for excitement at Coventry Transport Museum
For engine lovers and vintage car enthusiasts, a trip to the iconic Coventry Transport Museum is a must. Home to a world-class collection of publicly owned collection of British vehicles, this museum is the largest on our planet. Certainly a day to remember, visitors can expect to see fascinating displays, interactive galleries, and highly immersive exhibitions.
7. Take a trip to the electric FarGo Village
For something different during your stay, take a trip to the artistic industrial space that is FarGo Village. With an eclectic mix of over 40 independent businesses including a craft brewery, artisan food, vegan shop, printing, and a dedicated street food hall, this is the ideal place for a family day out.
8. Discover the hidden gem on Spon Street
A hidden gem and undiscovered attraction in Coventry is the quaint and mediaeval Spon Street. Tucked away in lanes of Coventry, this street boasts Tudor properties dating back as early as the 12th century. A must-see destination, Spon Street echoes a fascinating history following bombing raids of 1940 and 1941, however, the building have since been converted into timber framed shops and pubs, making it the perfect tourist spot.
9. Indulge in sumptuous dining at Coombe Abbey
No visit to Coventry would be complete without a visit to the beautiful Coombe Abbey Hotel. Enjoy everlasting experiences at one of the finest attractions in Coventry. Our hotel is surrounded by character, comfort, and charm, sitting within 500 stunning acres of lush green parkland.
With the timber framed cottages being self-catering, where better to indulge in spectacular dining than at Coombe Abbey? Spoil yourself with a mouth-watering Afternoon Tea. We were voted as one of the top 30 places to enjoy afternoon tea, so tuck into delicate finger sandwiches, crumbly scones, appetising cakes, and a fresh pot of tea.
Perfect for romantic A la Carte meals, family get-togethers, casual lunches, or an elegant evening meal, dine in our Garden Room Restaurant. Here you can experience classic dishes all prepared and cooked fresh using locally sourced ingredients and crafted by the finest chefs.
Whatever you choose to indulge in during your stay, make it unforgettable with our beautiful dining experiences here at Coombe Abbey.
10. Create memories with a quintessential cottage staycation
For a truly relaxing stay, why not indulge in a unique heritage cottage experience? The recently restored mediaeval cottages located on the cobbles in Coventry City centre offer unspoiled charm and character, perfect for an idyllic break away. From impressive architecture to traditional interiors with modern flourishes, these cottages echo British history.
What remains of a pre-dissolution building, the renovated Priory Row cottages lie adjacent to the Trinity Church boasting historical features from the 13th century. The stunning timber framed cottages feature plush beds, city views, and open plan kitchen and dining areas. Accommodating groups of two to six people, this cottage is perfect for couples, friends, and families who all wish to experience the history, culture, and attractions in Coventry.
A stay at the fairytale mediaeval City Gates; Swanswell Gate and Cook Street Gate, offers nothing shy of spectacular. These no ordinary cottages are the only two remaining gates of Coventry’s mediaeval city wall.
Standing tall since 1385, the buildings are rare survivors of the city’s mediaeval splendour and are incredible attractions in Coventry’s city centre. The quaint three-storey Swanswell Gate sleeps two people, making it the perfect cosy retreat. For that truly unique break, book a stay at the stunning Cook Street gatehouse, a welcoming one-bedroom studio apartment, perched over the original gateway arch with a beautiful city view.
For a unique and spectacular stay like no other in the City of Culture, book an unforgettable experience at one of our restored cottages and explore everything Coventry has to offer.