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Coventry Sights and Landmarks Guide, United Kingdom

The original Christ Church building was destroyed during air raids in World War II.  All that remains of it is a medieval spire and memories of Queen Isobel and the ever-beloved Black Prince.  The new building is located in Cheylesmore and was built in 1958.  It features 1950’s sculptures and stained glass.

Medieval Spire and Church Site: New Union Street

Phone: 024 7652 1200 

New Church Address: 11 Frankpledge Road, Cheylesmore

Phone: 024 7650 2770 

The Priory Visitor’s Center was built on the site of the original Benedictine St. Mary’s Priory.  Inside the visitor’s center, learn the story of the founding of the original Coventry Cathedral in the 1000’s by Lady Godiva and her husband Earl Leofric.

Address: Priory Row

Phone: 024 7655 2242 

The Herbert is Coventry’s art and history museum.  It is in the final phase of a major redevelopment that should be complete by the end of 2008.  Once it is complete, it will once again be a major art, media, and history museum.  During construction, two galleries are open to the public and these contain paintings, sculpture, and history displays.  The upstairs contains a major comprehensive art reference library.

Address: Jordan Well

Phone: 024 7683 2386 

Holy Trinity dates back to the 12th century and features 14th century misericords and stained glass windows.  It is a Parish Church that sits in the center of Coventry.  The Medieval “Doom” painting has been restored and is on display at the church.

Address: Broadgate

Phone: 024 7622 0418 

Coventry is the birthplace of British transportation technology.  The Coventry Transport Museum is the home of many exhibits that display the biggest collection anywhere of British road transports ranging from bicycles to speed record cars.

Address: Millennium Place, Hales Street

Phone: 024 7623 4270 

St. Michael’s Coventry Cathedral was built near the ruins of the original medieval cathedral which was destroyed by air raids in World War II.  The new cathedral features 1950’s architecture and art work.  There is a Visitor’s Center in the tower and a Blitz museum on the site.

Address: 1 Hill Top

Phone:  024 7652 1257 

The Lunt is a partial reconstruction of a 1st century A.D. Roman fort.  The fort was attacked during an uprising by Queen Boudica and the Iceni tribe.  It was used for cavalry training and is the only lasting fort in the UK with a horse training ring.  There is also a museum featuring displays of Roman life.

Address: Coventry Road, Baginton

Phone: 024 7630 3567 

The Mead Gallery is a major visual arts center featuring paintings, sculpture, design, photography, and craft exhibits.  It is also the home of many drama, music, comedy, dance, film, and literature events. 

Address: Warwick Arts Centre, Gibbet Hill Road

Phone: 024 7652 4524 

The Midland Air Museum displays seventy years of civil and military aircraft and aviation development.

Address: Coventry Airport, Baginton

Phone: 024 7630 1033 

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