Those who follow my blog probably realize that I absolutely love vacationing. New places, new people, new cultures; they excite me. But having travelled far and wide, I’ve come to realize that sometimes, you don’t need to go miles and miles away to find fun and excitement. You could find them right where you live!
Now you would think that since Coventry isn’t a particularly touristy town, there couldn’t be too much to do here. But I’ve been living here for sometime now and I’ve discovered some great pleasures that lie within. And that’s why, even as I was previously living in bustling London and I miss it sometimes, I have now discovered all the fun things to do in Coventry and here’s a list of them for you!
Before I get into specifics though, I need you to understand exactly what Coventry is all about. It’s a charming township that has seen many ups and downs in the past. The tragic legacy of the World War bombings lives on even today. The industrial sector, premised mostly on automobile production, is also an important part of the city’s identity. Most notably, Coventry’s local population is simple and compassionate. What’s not to love about this place?
So, if you ever stop by here, and I would strongly recommend that you do, these are all the fun things to do in Coventry.
- Fargo Village – Anybody who loves unique, handcrafted exhibits and endless possibilities for shopping, Fargo Village is an experience you must treat yourself to. It is a brilliant creative space where talent from all over the country gathers to showcase their artworks, foods, music and so on.
- Godiva Festival – Music lovers will also enjoy the Godiva Festival which lasts for three days, takes place in the fabulous War Memorial Park and is absolutely free for all! It usually takes place annually and if you enjoy such events, make sure you visit in sync with the festival dates.
- War Memorial Park – Now what’s so great about a park you ask? This one is Coventry is so much more than just a memorial tribute to the local lives lost in WWII. It is now a place where lots of sports, festivals and leisure activities are enjoyed by locals as well as visitors.
- Coombe Abbey – This is a lovely hotel to be staying at, but I’ve always felt that dining here is another experience altogether. You can enjoy the gardens and the lake-view before sampling their delicious food. This is fine dining Heaven!
- Belgrade Theatre – This one is for the culture vultures who love live performances. A historic Coventry landmark that hosts regular live shows, this is where you go for an evening of entertainment and intellectual stimulation.
- Ricoh Arena – Sports lovers flock to this stadium complex where the adrenaline is high and no moment is boring. But this is not just for the sporty folks alone, since watching a game here is an experience that is exciting and entertaining in equal measure.
- Kenilworth Castle – This historical site is a great place for a day outing, especially when the weather is good. A little outside Coventry, this castle has many interesting stories attached to it. Visit if you have a fascination with royal households and their many secrets.
- Coventry Cathedral – Also known as St. Michael’s Cathedral, this site has many stories of its own to tell. From the ruins of the medieval church which collapsed during WWII bombings, to the cathedral erected later, Coventry Cathedral is an architectural marvel and important cultural symbol.
- Herbert Art Gallery and Museum – Those interested in the history of local art and culture should definitely stop here. Its huge collection of paintings, sculptures and artefacts from different time periods is truly exquisite. Tourists tend to be fascinated by the rich interiors and unique exhibits.
- Coventry Transport Museum – This museum is a car-enthusiast’s paradise! Since Coventry was the epicentre of Britain’s motor industry for many decades, it has a wealth of vintage exhibits that would delight any automobile-lover. Best part is, entry is absolutely free!
And that’s not all. Coventry allows for easy access to tourist mega-sites such as NEC Birmingham and Resort World. The best part about our little town is that it’s not as crowded as the bigger cities of England; you’ll get to enjoy the famed English green environs and visit all near and far tourist attractions. If you’re headed this way, don’t hesitate to get in touch for more ideas on what to do in Coventry!