For a small city, there’s no shortage of things to do. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, Coventry has something to suit everyone, from a leisurely tour of the city to a high-octane day of action.
The UK’s leading paintballing company has found their home in Coventry. Rally your fellow sharpshooters, suit up and ready yourself to take on friends and family in six exciting game zones at Delta Force Paintball. It’s one of the most hi-tech paintballing centres in the UK, where you’ll be met with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, a bevy of safety gear and a bucketload of ammunition. The centre welcomes players aged eight and upwards, and offers adults- and kids-only days.
For a unique perspective on Coventry, take to the skies in a hot air balloon. Virgin Balloon Flights take you soaring over the stunning parkland of Coombe Abbey Country Park and beyond, depending on which way the wind is blowing. You may be treated to a bird’s-eye view of Coventry city, which pairs its medieval heritage with modern monuments like Millennium Place, Kenilworth Castle and Gardens, or the sprawling Draycote Water Reservoir and Nature Reserve. While your exact route might be at the mercy of the weather, a champagne toast is guaranteed.
Set in 150 acres of Warwickshire countryside, less than 10 minutes’ drive from our East (M6 J2) and East (Ansty) hotels, Ansty Golf Centre is an idyllic spot to tee off. Whatever your skill level, the centre welcomes all abilities with something for everyone. In addition to the 18-hole course, the shorter nine-hole Academy Course is an ideal test for novices wanting to sharpen their skills, while a driving range helps you perfect your swing. If you want to feel like you’ve graduated to the big league, you can play one of five world-renowned courses on Ansty’s indoor simulator.
If your head’s in the clouds but you prefer your feet firmly on the ground, Flight Simulators Midlands will give you an experience like no other. It’s Europe’s largest simulator centre, where you can choose from three options – Boeing 737 and 747, and an Airbus A320 – to put yourself in the driving seat of some of the world’s most popular commercial aeroplanes. You can even choose ‘The Sully Experience’, which recreates the flight path of the A320 that ended up landing in New York’s Hudson River. You’ll find Flight Simulators at Coventry Airport, just a seven-minute drive from Premier Inn Coventry South (A45).
Right in the heart of the city, in Ironmonger Row, The Ballroom Climbing Centre challenges visitors across a number of bouldering walls of varying difficulty. Novices can book an introductory lesson to learn the basics before tackling more challenging routes and technical walls. Climbing shoes are available to hire and comfortable clothing is recommended. There’s a café and plenty of snack options for pre- or post-climb refreshments, and changing rooms available on site.
Equally assured to get pulses racing are Planet Ice and Laser Quest Coventry. Just a six-minute walk from our City Centre (Earlsdon Park) hotel, Planet Ice skating rink hosts events throughout the year, inviting visitors to get their skates on or watch the pros do it instead at one of Coventry Blaze’s home games.
Strap on your laser pack and grab your gun at Laser Quest, where up to 40 players at a time can pit their wits against each other and ‘tag’ their opponents to win points for their team. Games are played across two levels in a sci-fi themed battlezone, with twists and turns and plenty of places to hide. Dark clothes are recommended to help you remain in stealth mode.
If you’re looking to catch the latest silver screen offering, the Odeon cinema is just a six-minute walk from our City Centre (Belgrade Plaza) hotel; a perfect end to a long day before rolling into bed. Premier seats are on offer to upgrade across the cinema’s nine screens, and a Harvester and Wetherspoons are on its doorstep in the SkyDome complex.
Perfect your poker face for the Grosvenor Casino, located in the Ricoh Arena. Open 24-hours at weekends and until 6am on weekdays, the casino is a round-the-clock destination offering slots and table games, as well as a delectable restaurant menu and well-stocked bar for when you need a bit of liquid courage.
If you’ve got a head for speed – and the legs for some serious pedal power – give Coventry Cycle Speedway a try. Club nights are held on Wednesdays through Spring and Autumn, where visitors can give it a go with no experience required. Bikes are provided but if you have your own helmet and gloves, bring those along as there are only limited numbers available to rent. Just a 20-minute walk from our Earlsdon Park hotel – or four minutes by car – you’re not too far from a hot shower to ease your achy muscles.
Discover Coventry’s city centre with the help of Curious About Coventry. Two self-guided walks are included in the booklet, which you can purchase from their website and have sent out to you or download as a PDF. Handily, the second walk begins where the first leaves off, so you can keep exploring or save it for another day. A blended city, the guides weave through Coventry’s medieval heritage and modern cityscape, taking in the city’s theatre, cathedrals, Transport Museum and more. Give yourself around one hour 30 mins for the first walk and just under an hour for the second, but because it’s self-guided, you can take it as leisurely or as quick as you wish.
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