The city of Coventry is rich with history, hidden gems and a whole host of fantastic attractions to see when living as a student in Coventry!
This West Midlands town was recently named the UK City of Culture for 2021 and it comes as no surprise, home to a vast array of music venues, delicious eateries and stunning theatre venues.
Coventry was one of the worst-hit cities during the Blitz, including the destruction of Coventry Cathedral in 1940.
As this city is brimming with history, a visit to the old cathedral is essential when studying here as well as The War Memorial Park, which is perfect for a relaxing picnic with your flat mates.
We’ve compiled a list of 8 unmissable things to see in Coventry whilst studying here, to give you a head start on all the fun!
1. Coventry Cathedral
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Coventry Cathedral is absolutely free to enter and offers some of the best views in Coventry if you’re brave enough to climb the tower!
Formally known as the Cathedral Church of St Michael, Coventry Cathedral is one of the main attractions the city is known for.
In the past 1000 years, Coventry has had three cathedrals, the first was St Mary’s, the second was St Michael’s, and now the current cathedral The Cathedral Church of St Michael shines in all its glory.
The ruins of the old Cathedral have been preserved as a memorial space for the city, and is worth visiting whilst studying here.
Consecrated in 1962, the current cathedral had a unique modern design that caused controversy at first, but was eventually embraced as a symbol of reconciliation and peace.
2. Warwick Castle
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We’d highly recommend you visit Warwick Castle whilst studying in this colourful city, with over 1100 years of history to unravel!
Only 20-minutes away from your cosy accommodation, Warwick Castle was developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror during 1068.
The castles opening hours are 10-4pm where you can visit plenty of fun packed shows like “The Bowman Show” with the resident archer, or “The Falconer’s Quest” with acrobatics from unique bird species.
In terms of food, there’s plenty of yummy options available, whether you’d prefer an all you can eat buffet at The Undercroft, succulent burgers at The Burger Kitchen or indulgent afternoon tea at The Conservatory Tea House.
The castle is placed on a bend of the River Avon, during the 12th century, the original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in strong, sturdy stone.
There are different types of tickets suited for everyone, but we’d recommend the ‘Castle, Grounds & Gardens’ ticket, as it lets you explore the stunning 60 acres of rolling grounds and gardens with a rainy-day guarantee.
If you’re feeling brave, why not venture up to the heights of the Conqueror’s Fortress for some gorgeous views of the midlands countryside.
3. Spon Street
Fancy a stroll? We’d urge you to take a walk down the historic Spon Street, filled with stunning medieval buildings.
The street in central Coventry is one of the oldest areas in the city and was once its own independent community with its own fields, wood, mill and waste.
Although each gorgeous building has been transformed into shops and businesses, Spon Street still gives an accurate picture of what Coventry looked like before the bombing raids of 1940 and 1941.
Just a 10-minute walk from your accommodation, the street once formed part of a major route between Birmingham and Gosford.
4. West Orchards Shopping Centre
Since its opening in 1991, West Orchards Shopping Centre has been the heart of city centre shopping, offering a wide range of major high street names as well as independent outlets.
The popular shopping centre is only a 15-minute walk from your accommodation, but there’s also a handy bus stop right outside your accommodation that only takes 8-minutes!
Whether you fancy treating yourself to some perfume from The Perfume Shop or a new pair of shoes from Footasylum, this shopping centre has it all.
There’s also a nice range of eateries here, perfect for a quick bite whilst on your shopping spree.
5. Coventry Transport Museum
If you live in the city, you can get free admission to the Coventry Transport Museum, just a short distance away from your cosy accommodation.
The museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and is perfect to visit on a rainy day.
Don’t worry though, this museum isn’t just for transport lovers! It’s ideal for anyone who wants to get lost in the culture and history of some of the most luxurious vehicles of the last 150 years.
6. Coombe Country Park
If you feel like having a picnic with your flat mates, Coombe Country Park is only 4.5 miles east of Coventry city centre!
Developed from the grounds of an old Cistercian abbey, part of the park building has now been converted into a hotel.
With plenty of BBQ facilities available, this place is perfect to visit on a hot summery day for a burger or two with your university pals!
The park itself is only a short bus ride away from Coventry city centre, which is especially handy when your perfectly located accommodation is a stone’s throw away from the centre too.
There’s over 500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland, lakeside walks and plenty of bird watching spots ideal for wildlife enthusiasts and to those just looking for a quiet stroll to relax.
7. Belgrade Theatre
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This stunning theatre venue on Belgrade Square was the first civic theatre to be built after the Second World War in Britain.
The theatre played a key role in securing Coventry as UK City of Culture 2021, in 2019 Corey Campbell, Balisha Karra and Justine Themen were appointed Co-Artistic directors to direct the produced work for the title.
With plenty of fabulous shows on offer for you to enjoy, from silly musicals to intense dramas, this theatre has it all.
Just a 13-minute stroll from your accommodation, this theatre is perfect for a night of entertainment and giggles!
8. Craven Street Crawl
This famous street in the Chapelfields area is home to plenty of great pubs, and is a classic route for Coventry’s drinkers, just watch out for the hill after you’ve had a few drinks.
Why not visit The Four Provinces Irish pub for a Guinness or two? The best news is, Craven Street is only a 15-minute stroll (or stagger) from your accommodation, so the dreaded walk home with your kebab won’t be too lengthy!