Make memories in a city filled with culture this summer

Coventry is a city rich in history and culture, perfect for those who want to explore and be inspired. If you’re planning on visiting this summer, you won’t want to miss these top attractions.

First on the list is The Wave, a water park that is perfect for all the family. You’ll find six epic slides that are precision-engineered to fill the thrill seekers with excitement, boasting everything from the disappearing floor of The Torrent, plunging in the pool at the end of The Cascade to the high-speed rollercoaster ride on The Rapids’. Younger thrill seekers will enjoy The Reef, a large splash pad at the heart of the waterpark with jets, sprays and slides.

St Mary’s Guildhall, a beautifully preserved medieval building, is another must-see attraction. It has played a significant role in the city’s history and hosts a variety of events and exhibitions celebrating Coventry’s rich cultural heritage. This summer, join St Mary’s Guildhall for music and merriment during the school summer holidays! Experience family fun activities, including children’s Jester School, and specially created immersive Tudor experiences celebrating music, dancing and merriment. 

For art enthusiasts, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is a must-visit destination. Here you’ll find an extensive collection of contemporary and historical art, as well as interactive exhibits and workshops that are informative and engaging. While you are at the museum, be sure to stop by and say hello to Dippy the Dinosaur, a life-size, plaster-of-paris replica of a Diplodocus carnegii skeleton who is visiting the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum from the Natural History Museum. This summer you can immerse yourself in the 175-million-year journey of the Herbert’s Ichthyosaur skull and experience the power of interactive storytelling with a brand new VR experience.

No trip to Coventry is complete without visiting the iconic Coventry Cathedral. This poignant building has been a beacon of hope since its construction in the 1960s and continues to inspire visitors with its stunning architecture and powerful message. For those who love history, The Blitz Museum is an excellent choice. It tells the story of Coventry’s wartime experience, from the devastating bombing raids of World War II to the city’s remarkable post-war recovery, providing a unique insight into the city’s past.

Finally, Coventry Transport Museum is perfect for those who have a passion for cars, bikes, and other modes of transportation. With a vast collection of vehicles from throughout history, as well as interactive exhibits and workshops, the museum is both fun and educational for visitors of all ages. If you are feeling peckish, why not stop by Baxter’s Baristas for a bite to eat? This café is dog-friendly and family- friendly, making it the perfect rest stop on your busy day out.

In summary, Coventry has something for everyone, whether you’re interested in art, history, or just having fun. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore our vibrant and exciting city.

Extend your stay

Extend your family visit to Coventry by indulging in a delightful stay at one of the Coventry and Warwickshire. For a modern touch, consider Ramada or Ibis, both providing contemporary amenities and convenient locations, ensuring a comfortable stay for the entire family.

Explore Coventry’s rich history and cultural attractions during the day before retreating to the serene Walton Hall, a stunning country estate offering elegant accommodations and ample space for family relaxation. Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa add a touch of old-world charm with its Tudor architecture, providing a unique and memorable experience for both parents and children. Coombe Abbey Hotel also offers a historical getaway, located in the centre of a country park, offering wonderful nature works, right on the hotel doorstep.

Travelling with small children? With everything under one roof to keep the kids (and the adults) entertained, you can’t beat Village Hotels for a family getaway! Their family-friendly hotel has an indoor pool with dedicated family swim times, a cool Pub & Grill serving delicious food for all the family …and more.

Each of these hotels contributes to an extended family stay in Coventry filled with comfort, exploration, and lasting memories.

Top Tip: Have a Go CV card? Coventry residents with a valid Go CV card are eligible for free and discounted entry to all the attractions above!