Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021
Coventry has been named the UK’s city of culture for 2021 and this is a great reason to shine the spotlight on this fascinating city and the area of Warwickshire.
1. Warwick Castle
Immerse yourself in a thousand years worth of history, where ancient myths and spell binding tales will set your imagination alight. With tons to see and do, and set in some of the UK's most splendid grounds, Warwick Castle will send shivers down your spine and electrify your senses.
2. Coventry Cathedral
After being bombed during World War 2, the cathedral was rebuilt and the new Cathedral Church of St Michael, still known as Coventry Cathedral, is one of the few post-war listed buildings in the UK.
Designed by Sir Basil Spence and voted the nation's favourite 20th century building, Coventry Cathedral, which celebrated it's Golden Jubilee in 2012, is a fascinating mix of the old and new. An icon of hope, the Cathedral is recognised internationally as a World Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Coventry Cathedral
Set in the grounds of Coventry Cathedral, Rising Café is a favourite with locals too, serving hearty lunches and artisan coffees in a 1940s interior that pays homage to the city’s World War II bombing and subsequent regeneration.
3. Coventry Transport Museum
The museum is home to the world's largest collection of British road transport. Discover the stories behind the people who made Coventry the centre of the world's motor and cycle industries, and get up close and personal with the vehicles that defined some of history's most important moments.
4. The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery
An award winning venue that houses eight permanent and four temporary gallery showing international touring exhibitions.
5. St Mary's Guild Hall
Discover more than six hundred years worth of history at the heart of the city, in one of Coventry's most remarkable survivors of the medieval age. Arguably the finest medieval guildhall in the country with original artworks, armour, period furniture and ancient tapestries housed within magnificent historic interiors.
6. Holy Trinity Church
The story goes back nearly 1000 years in this church that has survived fire, reformation and the blitz. It houses many rare artefacts, perhaps the most exceptional being the famous medieval Doom Painting illustrating the Last Judgement.
7. The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum
The museum is housed in the original building where James Gilbert, boot and shoemaker made the first rugby footballs in 1842. This tradition still continues today, giving it the accolade of having the longest continuous association with the game of rugby in the world.
8. Stoneleigh Abbey
Stoneleigh Abbey sits in 690 acres of parkland, and it has undergone many changes since it was established in 1154. Jane Austen found the house and its family intriguing, and Prince Charles marked the completion of its restoration by making a special visit.
9. Shakespeare Houses
The five houses offer a multi-layered experience for visitors unlike any other, giving people from all over the world the opportunity to learn about the life of the world's greatest playwright, discover his work and experience a real sense of the times that influenced Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.
10. British Motor Museum
The musem is the home of the world's greatest collection of British cars. Discover the history of British motoring with the museum's exciting cars from the past century. Learn how a motor car really works with the interactive exhibits.
11. Lord Leycester Hospital
The venue is an historic group of timber framed buildings, mainly from the 14th century clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th century Chantry Chapel above.
12. Kenilworth Castle
The vast medieval fortress of Kenilworth Castle is one of the largest historic visitor attractions in the West Midlands and one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England. The ruins are best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley created an ornate palace here to impress his beloved Queen in 1575.
13. Coventry Watch Museum
During the 18th century, Coventry became one of the main centres of England’s watchmaking industry. This locally run museum displays timekeeping artefacts and visitors can observe specialist watchmakers on the job. Note, it’s only open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11am to 3pm.
14. FarGo Village
FarGo Village is Coventry’s answer to Camden in London, its creative quarter packed with independent shops, markets and local food and drink, while workspaces and studios are home to innovative artists.
15. The Godiva Festival
The Godiva Festival is the UK’s biggest, free, family music festival with live music and fairs at the War Memorial Park.
16. Coventry Music Museum
Coventry is renowned for its Two-Tone ska-punk rock fusion that helped launch bands such as The Specials and The Selecter, offering up infectious rhythms and on-point lyrics to try and address racial tensions in 1980s Britain. Visitors can trace the musical roots of Two-Tone and other genres at the award-winning Coventry Music Museum in the city’s 2-Tone Village. The museum is open Thursday to Saturday10am to 4pm and on Sundays, 10am to 3pm.
See also: coventry2021.co.uk/