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Coventry destination guide

Why visit Coventry?

Coventry is an exciting hub for creative arts. Galleries and theatres host some excellent shows, and restaurants serve cuisine from around the globe. But there are also many historical sites to explore in this English heartland. A fine example of 50s and 60s architecture, Coventry Cathedral became a symbol of post-war regeneration; the original 14th century structure was heavily bombed in 1940. Medieval castles and Elizabethan abbeys are also a short taxi ride from town.

  • the refurbished art deco Albany Theatre hosts ballet, comedy, music and theatre shows in appropriately dramatic surroundings.
  • find artists’ studios, crafts markets and cafes at the trendy Fargo Village in regenerated Far Gosford Street on the city’s outskirts
  • in the 1890s, Coventry had the largest bicycle building industry in the world
  • try the local God Cake, a triangular pastry with three points representing the city’s three spires
  • visit 14th century castle remains at Caludon Castle Park
  • see how a kitchen garden would have looked 200 years ago at Allesley Park Walled Garden.
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Where to eat

DC-6 Diner, Coventry Airport West, Baginton

For a high-flying lunch without leaving the tarmac, seek out this novelty restaurant within a converted 1958 DC-6 aircraft. Up to 40 guests can sit in the fuselage, dining as planes take off from the surrounding runways. Younger visitors are enrolled into the Little Aviators club.  

Hot tip: Perch on seats Daniel Craig may have used. One of this aircraft’s last outings was during filming for James Bond’s Casino Royale.  

Cost of food: Mains around £10  

Cost of drink: Tea from £1.95  

Where to drink

The Establishment Bar & Grill, The Old County Hall, Bayley Lane

Not everyone will leave these premises sober as a judge, but at least they won’t be served a sentence! Built in 1783 and used as Coventry’s main court until the mid-80s, the Old County Hall is now a bar and restaurant. The original judge’s seat, viewing gallery and dock are still intact.  

Hot tip: Dine in the former cells, linked to the old court by heavy iron doors.  

Cost of food: Mains around £11  

Where to shop

West Orchards, Ring Road J9

More than 40 high street brands and independent stores are housed within this well designed shopping complex, which also has baby changing and baby food heating facilities. Coffee shops, sandwich stores and fast food outlets can be found in the food court.  

Hot tip: Struggling to keep kids entertained while you shop? Download activity sheets from the shopping centre’s website.