As well as its world-famous Cathedral, the city of Coventry and the surrounding area have many other attractions for visitors to see. Here are just a few selected highlights.

St Mary’s Benedictine Priory

st-marys-priory(within 2 minutes walking distance of Coventry Cathedral)

St Mary’s Priory, located north east of Holy Trinity Church, is perhaps the most historic religious institution to have graced the soil of Coventry. It came into existence in 1043 when, in a bid to take control of England, Earl Leofric and Lady Godiva built a priory dedicated to St Mary for an abbot and 24 monks on the site of a Saxon nunnery destroyed by King Canute and his army.

In the 16th century, King Henry VIII offered the church buildings to the people of Coventry in a bid to raise funds which eventually failed and so he ordered its destruction. It’s worth noting is that it was the only English cathedral destroyed during the reformation.

Holy Trinity Church

holy-trinity(within 2 minutes walking distance of Coventry Cathedral)

Dating from the 12th century, Holy Trinity Church is another very interesting religious site with a significant history.

During the 1430s, the painting of the Last Judgement, known as the ‘Coventry Doom’, was created above the tower arch to demonstrate ‘the eternal consequences of both charitable and uncharitable acts’. The picture may have been created as a result of Coventry having experienced an earthquake around that time, making church leaders think that the Day of Judgement was soon to come. The painting is the most impressive of its type now remaining in an English church.

Guild Hall

guild-hall(within 2 minutes walking distance of Coventry Cathedral)

St Mary’s Guild Hall, another impressive ancient local site around the cathedral area, is the finest medieval guild hall in the country with over 600 years of history. Known to have been visited by Shakespeare, it offers a fantastic snapshot of medieval atmosphere, architecture and fine artwork.

It occupies a central place in the civic calendar and is often in demand for events such as conferences, banquets, weddings and other prestigious receptions. Open Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm. Admission free.

Herbert Art Gallery

herbert-gallery(within 1 minute walking distance of Coventry Cathedral)

Originating during the outbreak of the Second World War, the Herbert is another highly-ranked tourist attraction site which has had over a million visitors since 2008.

The Herbert is a museum, an art gallery and a record archive which was named after late Sir Alfred Herbert, a former Coventry industrialist and philanthropist whose gifts enabled the original building to be opened in 1960. It is a fascinating place to explore, with all sorts of galleries, ranging from taxidermy to Old Masters’ paintings. Open Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm. Admission free.

Belgrade Theatre

belgrade-theatre(within 10 minutes walking distance of Coventry Cathedral)

Built in 1958 as part of Coventry’s reconstruction after the Second World War, the Belgrade Theatre is now Coventry’s only professional theatre, renowned for its exciting productions, with previous company members including Trevor Nunn and Sir Ian McKellen.

The Belgrade Theatre was re-opened in 2007 after a refurbishment, including a new second tier in the auditorium, and has since continued to produce a string of successful shows. Its café is open from 10 am – late on performance days or 10 am – 5 pm on non-performance days.

Transport Museum

coventry-transport-museum(within 5 minutes walking distance of Coventry Cathedral)

Opened in 1980, the Coventry Transport Museum is an amazing and very exciting place to tour. It is actually the largest collection of British road transport in the world – reflecting the fact that Coventry is the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry.

The collection consists of motor cars, commercial vehicles, cycles and motorcycles. It also holds and conserves extensive collections of automobile books, photographs and a wealth of other archive materia. Open 10 am to 5 pm daily (last admission 4.30 pm).

Priory Undercrofts and Visitors Centre

priory-undercroft(within 3 minutes walking distance of Coventry Cathedral)

The Priory was home to a community of monks for 500 years, until it was closed by Henry VIII.

These historic ruins of Coventry’s first Cathedral were excavated as part of the city’s Millennium initiative.

The Undercrofts now tell the history of Coventry. Open Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.

The Statue of Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom

lady-godiva(within 5 minutes walking distance of Coventry Cathedral)

The legend of Godiva, an 11th-century noblewoman, who rode naked on the back of her horse through the streets of Coventry in order to protest against the high taxes set by her husband, the Earl of Mercia. This famous journey was immortalised in the statue of Lady Godiva, constructed in 1949 as a gift to the city. It is now located at Broadgate, a short walk from the Cathedral.

Peeping Tom is situated on the wall and is part of a clockwork that appears on the hour to peep at Lady Godiva and looks over her left side.

Coombe Abbey Country Park

coombe-park(approximately 15 minute bus/car ride from Coventry Cathedral)

For a family day out, or a quiet little picnic in the open air, Coombe Park is the perfect attraction. It offers lakeside walks, acres of beautiful gardens, woodland, bird watching and a variety of facilities ranging from conference and event facilities to play areas.

Open 7.30 am – 5 pm daily (later in the summer). Car Park £3.65. Wheel chair accessible.

War Memorial Park

war-memorial-park(within 20 minutes walk or a 5 minute bus car ride from Coventry Cathedral)

War Memorial Park is Coventry’s premier park and attracts around 400,000 visitors from all over the city and further beyond every year. Come to enjoy a casual visit or to take part in some of the many special events that take place throughout the year.

Approximately 48.5 hectares in size, the park consists of two distinct areas, the formal garden with the War Memorial and the sports facilities areas with playing fields, golf course, Splash ’n’ Play Park (closed during the winter) and play areas. There is also a 1.6 mile circular footpath around the park.

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