6 free places to visit in Coventry
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Digital Media enthusiast Andreea studied Advertising and Marketing at Coventry University. She lived in Coventry has compiled a list of the best places in and around the city that you can go for a day out - and better yet, they won’t cost a penny. (Unless you count ice cream money!)
1. Coombe Abbey Country Park
Take afternoon tea in this beautiful stately home, or walk the grounds for free
Coombe Abbey Country Park is set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside and offers formal gardens, lakeside walks, a restaurant and gift shop.
It is a fun park to explore for wildlife enthusiasts as it has one of the largest heronries in the UK, in addition to cygnets and baby ducks. Overall, it is a very relaxed place, ideal for picnics or barbecues or just enjoying an ice-cream while getting some sunshine.
2. Coventry Transport Museum
So much history in one room.
The Coventry Transport Museum provides a fascinating account of the history of road transport in Britain. The museum takes visitors through the history of British car manufacturing. Collections of note include royal limousines, as well as numerous fun interactive educational displays. In addition, it has a simulator at the end of the route.
3. Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral is a peaceful place steeped in history. The cathedral area is composed of the ruins of the old cathedral and the elegant new cathedral.
The coffee shop situated in the new cathedral is a wonderful place for lunch, very cosy with lovely food and drink.
4. Fargo Village
A short walk from the city centre, Fargo Village is a hidden gem for a bite to eat, a look around the small indie shops, and has vintage clothes as well as the unique Phil Silvers Archival Museum. There is something for everyone: vintage, crafts, tea, sweets, books, scooters, even a brewery. It is worth a visit and do not forget to try the bubble tea!
5. Caludon Castle Park
Set in beautiful park, the Caludon Castle ruin is a unique ancient monument. It is a Grade-I listed building housing the city’s only castle remains from the 14th Century. The remaining wall includes two large tracery windows, decorated by red sandstone, which stand out against the grey. The park is a wonderful place to relax, where you can enjoy a treat from the ice-cream van and walk around the 14th century historic site.
6. Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
The Herbert Museum shows everything from Coventry’s history, through the manufacturing boom and into the modern era. The museum has a substantial number of collections and galleries that include fine paintings, historical artefacts and natural history specimens. The Herbert is a beautiful place to get to know Coventry’s history and grab a snack or drink from the ground floor café.