Introduction to Coventry

Coventry is a student city with a wide range of different cultures and ethnic groups giving it a lively, friendly atmosphere. And our University is right in the heart of the city centre, meaning you want have to travel far before everything is right on your doorstep.

The city is growing everyday with the city’s history standing side-by-side with brand-new developments for shopping, restaurants and cultural entertainment. This is all here for our students to enjoy and take advantage of!

Let’s find out some more…

Section 1 - History

Section 2 - Theatre and the Arts

Section 3 - Sport

Section 4 - Shopping and Restaurants

Section 5 - Surrounding Areas

History

According to history, a place can only be considered a city if there is a Cathedral in the area, so we’re extra special we have two! When we talk about our Coventry Cathedral, we’re actually talking about two buildings: the old and the new.

You can visit the old Cathedral ruins, as St Michael’s Spire is still standing proud in the city centre, as the last reminder of the Blitz of November 1940. A new Cathedral was created as a symbol for peace and reconciliation. This sacred spot is also the dramatic backdrop for our students’ graduations, as they make their own history.

Coventry is the birthplace of the British motor industry so it makes sense that the world’s largest collection of British road transport is exhibited in our city. From Penny-farthing bicycles to the World Land Speed Record Breaker Thrust SSC, the collections show Coventry’s significant contribution to the industry.

In the legend, Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry in protest against her husband’s tax. You can spot reminders of the tales around the city centre with the clock in Broadgate showing the ride and Peeping Tom, and who can resist a selfie with the statue outside Cathedral Lanes. How many other references can you find?

Coventry-Cathedral

Godiva-Clock

Coventry Transport Museum

Theatre and the Arts

We’re backing the bid for Coventry to become UK City of Culture in 2021, and it’s no surprise as the city is so diverse and is becoming more vibrant by the day.

The Belgrade Theatre hosts an exciting mix of experiences ranging from locally produced performances, comedy shows, and touring West End shows. There is always something on that’ll you’ll be interested in and students get discounted tickets too.

Coventry’s tradition of multiculturalism couldn’t be more evident than in its music! The Coventry Music Museum showcases everything from 2-Tone to Bhangra, chart toppers to the local ‘Band/Artist of the Month’. And once you’ve explored the musical history, you can visit plenty of great live music venues across the city including The Tin, The Empire, Kasbah and the Ricoh Arena.

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is award-winning for celebrating the city’s culture and history, and the best part is that it’s right next to TheHub. There are always different exhibitions running, and in the past, have included LEGO builds, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the story of Children’s Television.

One of the best events in the city happens every summer and is called Coventry Godiva Festival. It is the UK’s biggest free family music festival and is based in the historic War Memorial Park every year. It always has a line-up filled with live music, entertainment, and craft stalls.

Herbert Art Gallery

Coventry Godiva Festival

Coventry Transport Museum

Sport

Being in the middle of the country is fantastic when it comes to support as many local rivalries have been created in all directions over the years.

The Ricoh Arena is the home of Rugby Union and Football in Coventry. Both Wasps RFC and Coventry City FC call this 32,000-seater stadium their home ground, and you’ll be able to watch both in action.

Two of the city’s most popular sports are actually a bit different to what you might expect: Ice Hockey and Speedway. You can watch Coventry Blaze in action at the SkyDome Arena where they compete in the British Elite Ice Hockey League. Coventry Bees have competed every season as a motorcycle speedway team since 1948 – and they’re not too bad at it!

Wasps RFC at Ricoh

Ricoh Arena

Coventry Blaze

Shopping and Restaurants

Coventry is in a great location for easy access to other major cities such as London and Birmingham, but where is good to go in the city?

You can find major high-street shops at West Orchards and the Lower Precinct Shopping Centre with many offering student discounts.

Coventry Market has a rich history and is one of the most successful in the country. It is open 6-days per week for you to get your hands on locally-sourced fresh food and other great bargains.

Fargo Village is home to independent shopping and tasty street food. In this one-stop creative village, some of the shops you might come across include a bubble tea house, vintage clothing, record shop, American diner, Caribbean restaurant and more!

Cathedral Lanes is being redeveloped as the gateway to the Cathedral Quarter, and currently has restaurants serving South-American and Asian inspired cuisines.

If you want to explore somewhere new, a 20-minute walk from the centre of campus brings you to Earlsdon. This area of Coventry is lively, particularly at the weekends, with independent restaurants and shops.

Surrounding Areas

The urban city of Coventry is surrounded by beautiful countryside filled with historical towns and villages.

In the heart of Warwickshire, you’ll find Kenilworth which is famous for its castle. Kenilworth Castle was once a medieval fortress and Elizabethan palace, where you can explore the ruined towers and gardens.

In the centre of Royal Leamington Spa, you can find the Royal Pump Room and Baths where natural springs were found in the 18th Century. The spa town is now also known for its great shopping facilities.

No visit to Warwick would be complete without seeing Warwick Castle, which is one of the best decorated in the country. You’re also able to climb the towers and go down into the dungeons. The Market Town has many traditional tea rooms and antique shops.

We’re also nearby to the birthplace of William Shakespeare: Stratford-Upon-Avon. The world famous Royal Shakespeare Company runs performances throughout the year and you can also visit preserved Tudor homes.

We’re also very close to the big cities of Birmingham and London! You travel to both easily by train from Coventry station with Birmingham only 20 minutes away and London in 1 hour. As soon as you visit these cities, you’ll be in the centre of the shopping and business districts where you can explore the sights.

Kenilworth Castle

Warwick

Royal Shakespeare Company