Coventry & Warwickshire
Places to visit, where to eat and how to travel and more. In our Coventry & Warwickshire area guide you’ll find hidden gems, ideas for days out, restaurants activities.
Just an hour from London and steeped in history, Coventry & Warwickshire is the vibrant heart of England. Home to medieval castles, family-friendly museums and the birthplace of Shakespeare himself, you won’t be short of things to do on your visit! In fact, you might find yourself staying for longer than planned…
Attractions & Days Out
Whether the sun is shining or not, a day out is a great way to spend time with your friends, family and loved ones. Coventry & Warwickshire has so much to offer in terms of activities it’s not a question of what to do, but a question of how much you can pack into your day out!
With over 900 animals and 150 different species set across 80 acres of land, Twycross Zoo in Atherstone, Coventry can be found on the Warwickshire / Leicestershire border, and is a great day out. Get out of the city and into the wilderness to see red-necked wallabies, snow leopards, giraffes and gorillas. Perfect for the whole family, the zoo is great for couples, too, with animal photography workshops and ‘Keeper for a Day’ experiences for two adults – the ideal birthday or anniversary present for the animal lover in your life!
Warwick Castle is not just a historical landmark, but a fun-filled and adventure-packed day out for the whole family. Descend into the creepy dungeons, walk the castle walls and watch an impressive birds of prey display in the castle gardens before settling down to a picnic or a hog roast sandwich from one of the numerous cafes and food stalls in the castle grounds. Summer events are tailored for everyone, with action-packed live jousting as well as glamping tents for a weekend away with your friends.
An award-winning museum situated in the heart of the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, experience life in all its Tudor glory at this popular attraction. The only museum dedicated entirely to the Tudors, Tudor World recreates what life would have been like in the time of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Recline in a Tudor four poster bed, find out the gruesome truth behind the plague or (for the adults) stay after dark and take one of the museum’s skin-crawling ghost tours. It’s just a 15 minute walk from Stratford-upon-Avon railway station.
Hatton Adventure World
Grab the kids and head to Hatton Adventure World to get up close and personal with farmyard animals, explore with a tractor safari or ride the fun fair rides in the indoor play areas. For younger children (up to aged 8) there’s also the Sheep Grand National (don’t worry, they’re not riding the sheep!) as well as shelter building workshops and assault courses. With a restaurant and snack bar on site, as well as plenty of space for picnics, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house and into the countryside. Make hay whilst the sun shines, and all that!
Food and Drink
Home to some stunning pubs, bars and restaurants you won’t be stuck when looking for somewhere to eat and drink in Coventry & Warwickshire. In fact, there are so many options, we struggled to narrow them down! Whether you’re looking for fine dining with a partner, a cosy pub for all your mates or something family friendly, you’ll find the perfect place in Coventry & Warwickshire.
The Saxon Mill
Located on Coventry Road in Warwick, this premium pub is famous for its friendly atmosphere and fantastic food. Not only this, but it has a fully functioning water mill slap bang in the middle of the property, overlooking the river with stunning views of Guy’s Cliffe. Perfect for sitting outside and nursing a beer on a sunny day, or cosying up with a some top-notch British gastropub fare indoors in the winter months, grab your friends or your partner and hop on the train to Warwick.
Oscar’s French Steakhouse and Bistro
A corner of France in the heart of Leamington Spa, this restaurant is Michelin recommended and won Best Restaurant in 2017. Owned by a family butchers, you’ll find only the finest cuts of meat on the menu at Oscar’s, whether that’s award-winning dry-aged steaks or delicious free-range chickens. Perfect for groups of friends or intimate celebrations, it’s just a 15 minute walk from Leamington Spa station.
The Rose and Crown
Named twice in the UK’s top ten pubs, this warm, inviting establishment also doubles as a B&B if you want to elongate your stay in Warwick. A gastropub with a lot of heart and an independent mindset, The Rose and Crown is open from 8am every day for breakfast and serves food right up until it closes, making it the perfect place to grab a quick pint, pause for lunch or have a full-blown dinner before hopping back to Warwick train station, which is just 15 minutes away on foot.
Located just over 15 minutes on foot from Leamington Spa railway station, Coffee Architects isn’t just a coffee shop. It’s a place to catch up with friends over generous portions of cake, freshly brewed coffee and a fresh, simple menu that’ll have you drooling. A young and dynamic team are behind the concept of Coffee Architects making it a great place for students to hang out, mums to catch up or families to grab a quick break in between exploring and going home.
There’s no such thing as too much shopping – ancient proverb. Coventry and Warwickshire has hundreds of shops within its town and city centres, as well as four dedicated shopping centres we’ve highlighted for you. So you can let go and let your shopping demons run wild on your weekend away!
West Orchards Shopping Centre
Located in Coventry City Centre, West Orchards Shopping Centre has over 40 retail stores as well as independent brands and a brand new restaurant, CANTEEN to keep you on your feet. As well as being the biggest shopping destination in the region it’s also home to a student hub and The Loft, which is an accessible student lounge.
Warwickshire Shopping Park
For retail enthusiasts, Warwickshire Shopping Park is a must-go. On the outer edge of Coventry and a short bus ride from Coventry railway station, this retail mall is home to a number of high street shops, a tanning salon, a gym and a supermarket, great for stocking up if you’re staying for the weekend in the county or for doing a spot of light shopping as part of your day out.
Central Six Retail Park
Just six minutes from Coventry railway station (perhaps that’s where it got its name?) Central Six retail park is a small park with a number of big high-street brands such as Boots, Hobbycraft, TK Maxx and Next. Open until 8pm weekdays, 6pm on Saturdays and 5pm on Sundays, why not finish off your day out in Coventry with a bit of retail therapy?
Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre
Cathedral Lanes is located in the heart of the city, just over 10 minutes from Coventry Railway station. A more intimate shopping experience, Cathedral Lanes lets you enjoy the art of window shopping without being inundated with fellow shoppers, giving you breathing space to browse at will.
History & Heritage
The home of Shakespeare, the bedrock of some serious Tudor architecture and some of the most stunning Gothic revival architecture in existence, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to historic and heritage days out in Coventry & Warwickshire!
Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden
One of the biggest historical attractions in the West Midlands, follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth and explore these spectacular castle ruins with your friends, your loved one or the whole family. With regular services from London Euston to Coventry with connecting services to Kenilworth, the home of Robert Dudley, close friend of the Queen of England, is at your fingertips. Kenilworth Castle was built in 1575 to impress his Queen and was restored in 1937 after around 300 years of neglect. Now you can take a guided tour, relax and watch one of the Castle’s summer theatre productions or enrol the kids in one of the Castle’s summer events. Perfect for couples, groups of friends or the family.
Compton Verney is a historic house, garden and art gallery that was home to the Verney family for nearly 500 years. The gallery is set into 120 acres of Grade II listed parkland, featuring an ornamental lake, chapel and even an ice house that was restored in 2011. Wander around the stunning park, have a mooch at the impressive permanent collections or simply marvel at the beautiful architecture of this historic home. Your nearest railway stations are Leamington Spa, Stratford-Upon-Avon or Banbury.
The birthplace of Shakespeare, this market town has over 800 years of history with buildings and streets that have survived since the Elizabethan era. Grab your partner or your family and hop on the train to Stratford-upon-Avon and see the house where Shakespeare was born, where his wife Anne Hathaway lived and where he spent the last chapter of his life. Filled with plenty of Tudor-inspired pubs, bars and gastropubs you can sip a pint and watch the world sail by on the River Avon, too. What more could you ask for on a day out?
A historic house that wouldn’t be out of place in a period drama, the stunning Arbury Hall and Estate is located in Nuneaton, just 1 hour 14 minutes from London by train. The beautiful Elizabethan mansion house was transformed into the Gothic style in the 18th century and inside you’ll find complete examples of early Gothic Revival architecture. Originally built on the 12th century ruins of an Augustinian Priory, the house is surrounded by over 100 acres of parkland lakes, making it the perfect day-out destination with a bag full of sarnies.
Camden Town has a new home in Coventry with FarGo Village. FarGo Village is Coventry’s creative hub, designed for independent businesses and is fast becoming a must-visit for anyone travelling to Coventry. Filled with unique retailers, creative workspaces, craft workshops, artist’s studios, markets and entertainment space, FarGo isn’t merely a shopping destination, it’s the beating heart of creativity in Coventry. Perfect for students, couples and families, the venue hosts events throughout the year, including cheese festivals and vintage home shows. Take a train from London Euston and arrive at FarGo Village in under two hours!
A hidden gem in the heart of Coventry with an artdeco theatre dating back to 1919, this stunning venue has recently reopened and now hosts a variety of live shows, comedy nights and tribute acts. Featuring hit Broadway musicals, family-friendly performances such as Roald Dahl’s The Twits and ballroom dancing performances, there’s something for everyone at the Albany Theatre, located just 10 minutes from Coventry railway station.
Coventry Transport Museum
Home to the fastest car in the world and dedicated to Coventry’s history at the centre of the world’s motor and cycle industries, this fascinating museum hosts the UK’s biggest collection of road transport vehicles. Just 15 minutes from Coventry railway station, the Coventry Transport Museum is the perfect day out with the children, who can join in fun Engineer Challenge workshops and get to grips with things like woodworking, scientific experimentation and inventing!
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, just 10 minutes from Coventry railway station, tells the story of Coventry from medieval times to the modern day, with a special section dedicated to the much-loved story of Godiva. With regular events, such as An Exploration of Toys and From 8-Bit to Xbox One, there’s something here for every interest and every age.
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