Named as UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry is a vibrant and diverse city championing history, culture, and accessibility. Home to an array of award-winning attractions, independent restaurants, and unique arts and events, Coventry is a city bursting with things to do, food to eat, and hidden gems to explore.

If Coventry isn’t already on your must-visit list when attending the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 – you are missing out! Our guide features the crème de la crème of what this beautiful city has to offer.

Events taking place in Coventry

  • Judo

  • Wrestling

  • Rugby Sevens

Things to see and do

Coventry Cathedral

Serving up a big old slice of Coventry culture and located in the heart of the city, Coventry Cathedral is the perfect place to learn about the rich history engrained in the cathedral walls.

Despite the name, Coventry Cathedral is two buildings, the preserved ruins of the old cathedral destroyed by enemy air attack in the Second World War and the iconic new cathedral consecrated in 1962 by Her Majesty the Queen.

Climb the 14th Century Tower and take in the magnificent views of Coventry and the surrounding area and explore some of the finest artworks from the 1950s and ‘60s, which sit alongside a wide and impressive range of stained glass.

FARGO Village

Home to over 40 independent businesses, including a craft brewery, artisan food, a vegan shop and a street food hall, FARGO Village is a must on any visit to the city. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to experience one of FARGO’s regular events ranging from Vegan Markets to Peace Forums, and Cheese Festivals to Vintage Home shows.

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Herbert Art Gallery is the perfect place to delve into Coventry’s history and engage with art and culture. In addition to the art gallery’s ever-changing displays, which are often created in partnership with national museums, the Herbert offers a wide range of detailed talks, fantastic events and inventive workshops for adults and families. The Herbert Art Gallery encourages creativity, exploration and fun.

Transport Museum

Go full-speed ahead as you visit Coventry Transport Museums’ 14 fully accessible galleries, which are home to the fastest vehicle in the world, pioneering bicycles, transport champions and many of the most innovative, memorable and luxurious vehicles of the last 200 years. For those adventure seekers, take a walk through The Blitz experience or enjoy a ride in one of three 4D simulator rides.

Coombe Abbey Park and GO APE Coventry

Soak up the sun as you relax at the beautiful Coombe Abbey Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy over 500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland, lakeside walks, and bird watching.

Test your nerve as you trek through the trees at GO APE Coventry. With several high-ropes courses suitable for all abilities and ages, you can also challenge yourself to have a go at the Tarzan Swing and dual zip wires.

Not a fan of heights? Try your hand at Axe Throwing, which is also located at GO APE and is the ultimate test of accuracy and strength.

Belgrade Theatre

Take your seats at the Belgrade Theatre for an evening of inspiring live performance, soaking up the atmosphere of the 64-year building. A landmark building in Coventry, it was the first civic theatre to be built after the Second World War bombing, nearly destroying the city.

Places to eat & drink

Places to stay