Things to do in Coventry

From its medieval roots to its wartime past and its evolution as a modern city with plenty going on, a walk around the centre is to trace the landmark moments of the city we see today. And with so many wonderful attractions and activities to indulge in, you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Coventry. Entrench yourself in the historic Cathedral Quarter, grab a pint in one of the many high-quality alehouses, put the world to rights over a coffee, visit one of the city’s fascinating museums and enjoy a stay in our excellent Coventry hotels.


Museums

Time flies when you’re having fun and that’s guaranteed at Coventry’s wonderfully eclectic museums, which cover topics as wide-ranging as watches, aviation and transport, as well as giving an insight into Coventry’s historical past.

Shopping

With markets, malls, retail parks and even a shopping village, there’s plenty of choices when it comes to indulging in a spot of retail therapy, with stores offering everything from high street shopping to one-of-a-kind finds.

Attractions

Blending the old with the new, and lush green parks with a cutely compact city centre, Coventry is full of unexpected treats, whether you’re marvelling at the historic buildings or exploring nature’s bounty.


Activities

There’s plenty to keep the kids – and the big kids – entertained, thanks to Coventry’s exciting array of indoor and outdoor activities that are sure to get the blood pumping and adrenaline racing.

Theatre

Coventry’s creative community knows how to put on a show and welcomes theatre enthusiasts to enjoy everything from drama to comedy played out across four city centre theatres.

Culture

Discover the best of Coventry’s cultural scene, including a lively roster of annual music, cheese and beer festivals, a charming art gallery and an array of fascinating museums.


Entertainment

A bevy of touring theatre shows, musical acts, comedy names and sports teams command the attention of Coventry’s entertainment seekers across a variety of host venues, both large and intimate.

Ricoh Arena

Home to Coventry City FC, Wasps netball and Wasps rugby clubs, the Ricoh is the city’s major sporting hub. It comes alive on match days, as well as hosting big names in entertainment and music.


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Places to eat

Uncover cosy British bistros, welcoming restaurants serving mouth-watering cuisines and alluring cafés tucked away in the foot of a church spire and in the vaults of St. Mary’s Guildhall right in the heart of Coventry.

Nightlife

Watch as day turns into night – and back again – over a pint in one of the city’s historic pubs, sipping mojitos in a lively cocktail lounge or dancing into the early hours in Coventry’s best-loved nightclub, Kasbah.


Pubs

Home to one of the oldest pubs in the Midlands – The Golden Cross – Coventry merrily crosses the line between ‘good old-fashioned’ and ‘medieval’ boozers’, making it a fine spot to grab a pint of local real ale.

Getting around

Thanks to its compact size and location, Coventry is a breeze to travel to and get around. Exploring the city on foot takes no time, while a well-connected train network provides handy links to Birmingham and London.


Our Coventry map


Looking for a hotel in Coventry?

We have a wide range of Coventry hotels for you to choose from if you're visiting the city's fascinating attractions, including Coventry Transport Museum and Coventry Cathedral.