Coventry is one of those cities in the UK that many people have heard of, but few have actually visited or even considered going to visit. However, Coventry will be designated the UK City of Culture in May 2021, making it a must-see location if you love culturally significant and historic parts of the country. Coventry will be celebrating with lots of unique shows and experiences, but it’s never too early to book a little weekend break over in Coventry if you’re looking for a place to explore.
So in this post, we’ll be exploring four compelling reasons why you might want to give Coventry a visit and why it was announced as the UK’s City of Culture.
To visit Coventry cathedral
One of the most iconic landmarks in all of Coventry has to be the Coventry cathedral. It was devastated during the Blitz in November 1940 and was ultimately destroyed. However, the ruins of the cathedral have been left as a visitor site and a reminder of the bombings that took place. It’s currently next to a newer cathedral designed by Sir Basil Spence. The new cathedral is a wonderful comparison to the medieval ruins and is dripping with history and cultural significance. We highly recommend a visit to Coventry if you have a soft spot for exploring these magnificent buildings.
It’s convenient to get to and stay in
Coventry isn’t some rural destination with a couple of scattered Airbnbs. You can find a Coventry hotel on almost every major street, making it one of the easiest places to stay in. You’ll have easy access to the rest of the city no matter where you stay thanks to public transportation as well. It’s also very easy to reach Coventry thanks to its major transport links. It’s only an hour from London, making it a fantastic place to visit for a day trip or weekend.
Countless unique museums for you to explore
Two of the most interesting museums in Coventry are the Coventry Transport Museum and the Coventry Music Museum. As the birthplace of Two Tone music, Coventry has an entire museum dedicated to celebrating the genre that somehow fused punk rock and ska music. There’s also the transport museum that shows an impressive collection of cars, motorcycles and even bicycles. Most people don’t know that Coventry was the birthplace of the modern bicycle and the museum has plenty of interesting exhibitions to showcase this!
It’s not just about the culture and history either
While much of Coventry’s appeal is in culture, history and arts, it also doesn’t shy away from nightlife and modern attractions. Coventry is one of the top UK cities for a great night out, but there’s a huge benefit here compared to areas such as London or Manchester; the prices. Big cities will burn through your money quickly, but Coventry is surprisingly inexpensive and a great option for anyone looking for a budget holiday break.