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Everything about Coventry: places, people, food, travel, communication

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Everything about Coventry: places, people, food, travel, communication

The city of Coventry is a popular historic city that attracts tourists. There is a wide variety of tourist attractions here, with plenty to do both day and night. Coventry invites you to explore cultural monuments, world famous heritage sites, and get an adrenaline rush by supporting one of your favorite sports teams. Whatever your preference, there is a lot to see and do here.

Coventry climate

Coventry has an oceanic climate, with fairly cold, rainy winters and mild, humid summers. The city is located in the center of England, in the West Midlands. The sky is often cloudy, humidity is high, and there are periods when moderate or strong wind blows.

The city is located far from the sea, and temperatures in winter can drop a lot and snow falls a little more often than in other parts of England. On the coldest nights of the year, temperatures drop to -8 / -9 ° C.

Coventry landmarks

The most famous tourist attractions in Coventry are the Coventry Canal Basin , more precisely the place where the canal ends, with many boats, cruises, waterfront cafes. The popular Coventry City Farm is an attractive farm in the city center. The Coventry City Center Trail and Historic Heart Walking Tour are two popular hiking trails that pass many famous buildings, while the helicopter tour offers stunning aerial views of the cityscape and neighboring towns.

What to see in Coventry:

  1. The Coventry Canal Basin is the ideal starting point for several exciting trails through the beautiful countryside. The trails cover Coventry's rich industrial history, allowing you to enjoy miles of footpaths without a car.
  2. Holy Trinity Church in the center of Coventry, England, dates back to the 13th century. The monument has great architectural merits, but the main point of attraction is the painting "The Death of Coventry". Paintings like this were common in English medieval churches, but few have survived.
  3. The Coventry Transportation Museum houses the largest government collection of British cars on the planet. It tells the story of a city that changed the world through transportation. Visitors will find exciting displays, interactive galleries and immersive exhibitions. 14 galleries house the world's fastest cars, groundbreaking bicycles, the most innovative, memorable, luxury cars of the last 200 years.
  4. Spawn Street is an industrial area: since the 12th century it has been inhabited by dyers who were forced to move to the outskirts of the city due to the fumes generated during their work. Other textile businesses that needed good access to a nearby river were attracted here, and the fabrics they produced were so famous that they gave rise to the adage " truly like Coventry blue ." The popularity of blue is reflected in the blue color of the coat of arms of the Coventry City football team.
  5. Before the Norman invasion in 1066, the land around Caloudon Castle belonged to the famous Lady Godiva, a legendary noblewoman who rode naked on her horse through the streets of Coventry. The first significant building on this historic site was a moat manor, built in 1279 and then fortified, for which it was named Caloudon Castle . In the 15th century, after a major reconstruction, a lake appeared at the moat. The castle was destroyed by parliamentary forces after the English Civil War in response to the sympathies of the Coventry royalists. But the remaining wall, originally part of the banquet hall, is very impressive.
  6. A large clock , embedded in the brick facade above the appropriately named Lady Godiva News stand , reproduces the legend every hour in miniature.
  7. Albany Theater is the premier home theater in the Art Deco style, a versatile studio space where classical and contemporary dance, drama, comedy, music of all genres are staged. The main hall can accommodate over 600 people on two levels, while the studio can accommodate up to 110 spectators in various formats.
  8. The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Coventry history, world-class art. Explore the natural world, contemporary art and old masters! In addition to the constantly changing art gallery exhibits, often created in collaboration with national museums, Herbert hosts a wide range of lectures, events and workshops for adults and children.

Coventry is a green city with many parks and gardens. These include Coombe Country Park, International Friendship Garden, Green Greyfriars, Peace Garden, Priory Gardens, Ryton Organic Gardens, War Memorial Park.

Near Coventry are the shopping towns and charming villages of Bedworth, Kenilworth, Nuneaton, Royal Leamington Spa, Rugby, Stoneley, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, often referred to as "Shakespeare's Land".

Pubs and restaurants in Coventry

From popular restaurant chains like Bistrot Pierre, Las Iguanas and Pizza Express to independent businesses like Basement Browns and The Lazy Monkey, Coventry has something for even the pickiest eater. Why not stop for a quick bite or a real ale while wandering around the sights, or celebrate a special occasion with great cocktails or delicious food prepared by the best chefs in the beautiful surroundings of one of the local restaurants! Coventry strikes with a fantastic array of great places to eat and drink:

  • The Old Crown is a traditional pub with live music. Highlights on the menu include rabbit and blood sausage pie, Old Crown mix grill, Sunday roast with a choice of four meats, seasonal vegetables, hand-stuffed balls, ground beef chips, new potatoes.
  • Nashaa - Indian cuisine (they are especially good at lamb), there is a large selection of freshly prepared dishes.
  • Tone Café & Simmer Down Restaurant - A small family run restaurant offering good, traditional homemade Caribbean cuisine.
  • Dhabba is an Indian restaurant serving authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisines with a takeaway policy .
  • Rising Café Coventry , located in the historic part of Coventry Cathedral, is a success with the royal family! It offers a varied menu, hand-picked coffee and tea.
  • Hummus House UK is a 5-star TripAdvisor food stand. Serves the best falafel in Coventry.
  • "Turmerinovoe gold" - the most exclusive Indian restaurant town, finalist of British Curry Awards, English Curry Awards.
  • Falafel Corn is an independent café and sandwich bar serving a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan dishes prepared with recipes from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Top dishes include falafel, halloumi rolls, homemade salads, and other freshly prepared meals.
  • Millie's Kitchen is in the lead , even though it's not even a restaurant! According to visitors, this small Italian grocery stall beats all others when it comes to pizza.

Coventry transport

The city was ranked fifth in the list of cities in Britain with the best transport links outside London .

Bus services to Coventry are coordinated by Transport for West Midlands and are operated by a number of bus operators. Intercity buses and railways operate.

Coventry Train Station is the main train station serving the city of Coventry in the West Midlands. Although the first Coventry railway station was built in 1838, the more efficient station quickly supplanted it just two years later. Changes and transitions took place throughout the 19th century until the last renovation in 1962, which coincided with the electrification of the West Coast main line. The station's modern architecture, with its spacious lobby, was awarded in 1995 by English Heritage, making it one of 400 landmarks located within the city. Coventry Railway Station is served by the Avanti West Coast and West Midlands Railway trains. The Avanti West Coast and West Midlands railways connect Birmingham to Coventry in 28 minutes, London to Coventry in 1 hour 35 minutes.

Communication in Coventry

  • Mobile giant EE has been voted Coventry's most productive network.
  • O2 has the lowest peak speed of 69.6 Mbps, which is almost half of the EE.
  • Three's peak speed is about four times higher than average, while Vodafone's is about 6 times higher than average.
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