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A day out the whole family will...

Built on 150 years of passion A visit to Coventry Transport Museum whisks you away into stories of real people, real passions, and real hope. This is real Coventry – the breathtakingly vast Transport Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British road transport, most of which was designed, built and loved by the people of Coventry.

LOVE incredible journeys Get up close and personal with the actual vehicles that defined some of history’s most important moments.

LOVE stories Discover the real stories behind the people who made Coventry the centre of the world’s motor and cycle industries.

LOVE free admission The museum is FREE to visit and is open 10am to 5pm every day.*

LOVE inspiration Explore the pioneers who pushed the limits of speed and styling, and feel the force of the land speed record in our Thrust Simulator.

Coventry Transport Museum is at the heart of Coventry City Centre. Find us at Millennium Place, Coventry, CV1 1JD. Tel: 024 7623 4270

*Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Last admission 4.30pm


Welcome to Coventry and

Warwickshire - combining world famous history with a sense of the new to create a destination full of exciting experiences right at the heart of the UK! Welcome to a world rich in imagination and wonder; where colourful history, modern structures and tall tales combine to create breathtaking, exhilarating experiences perfect for a day out with family and friends, weekend breaks or long stay vacations. With world class attractions, flavoursome eateries, buzzing nightlife, adventurous accommodation and fascinating facts and stories from some of the UK’s most pioneering advancements in technologies and sciences; city life meets country life like never before in an inventive and innovative way.

CV One has taken great pride over the last nine years in producing destination marketing services and products for the city of Coventry. By the end of 2011 these services will transfer back into Coventry City Council and CV One will no longer be undertaking this role. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to say what an honour it has been to promote this destination and through this new 2012-2013 visitor guide, our last publication to be produced by the company, to say a final farewell and extend all our good wishes to the city of Coventry Coventry and Warwickshire Visitor Guide 2012-2013 Produced by CV One Registered in England and in Wales No. 4323910 Registered Office The Council House Earl Street Coventry CV1 5RR Guide Design Watermark Design Limited Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that all information was correct at time of press, the publisher accepts no responsibility for any errors, change to details or omissions; or any loss incurred due to any published inaccuracies. CV One Copyright 2011 ©

What you hold in your hands is the keys to this magical destination. With tips on what to see and do during your stay, advice on where’s best to eat and sleep and a fully indexed listing section, the official visitor guide for Coventry and Warwickshire will provide you with everything you will ever need to enjoy that perfect stay. Visit the official Coventry and Warwickshire website today for all the very latest regional event listings, latest news and travel information. 3

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Now that you have chosen your destination, why not try out the featured attractions, hotel and travel operator to help make the best of your stay?

COVENTRY CATHEDRAL If you’re planning to visit the historic city of Coventry during your visit to the region, make sure that you pay a visit to the famous 12th century ruins of Coventry Cathedral. Sitting majestically next to the modern church of St Michael, the ruins are a haunting, lasting reminder of a bygone era, when the city of Coventry endured several nights of bombing during the WWII blitz in November of 1940. Now a popular tourist site, the Cathedral sits tall and proud amongst the city’s skyline, and is a site of peace and reconciliation for many citizens and visitors alike. Turn to page 8 for more.

COVENTRY TRANSPORT MUSEUM Coventry is the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry and this free, fascinating and educational trip through time is an absolutely exhilarating experience the whole family will enjoy. With over 240 cars, commercial vehicles and buses, 100 motorcycles and over 200 cycles, plus millions of archive pieces, memorabilia and ephemera items; you really do have one nostalgic, inspirational and thrilling day out. Turn to page 8 for more.

KENILWORTH CASTLE Just on the outskirts of Coventry, Kenilworth Castle proudly sits atop a rural backdrop of rolling Warwickshire countryside. Tread the floors of kingdoms old, where kings and queens once stood. With something for the whole family to explore and discover, this authentic castle experience will take your breath away with its natural beauty, educational talks, walks and activities and plenty of things to see and do. Turn to page 9 for more.

THE ROYAL COURT HOTEL This beautiful Grade II listed Coventry Country House Hotel is set in landscaped gardens and parkland, approximately three miles from Coventry city centre. The original Manor House, built in 1894 by the car manufacturer William Hillman, has been tastefully extended over the years to become the largest hotel in Coventry. This stunning Coventry hotel offers 210 en-suite bedrooms in a peaceful and tranquil setting. The perfect location for an overnight stay during your travels. Turn to page 62.

TRAVEL DE COURCEY Committed to being the best bus and coach operator in the Warwickshire and West Midlands area, Travel De Courcey is a safe, friendly and flexible service that can cater for your every need. Not got access to a car, cycle or missed the train? Then why not try out some of the 80 buses that are constantly en route around the city of Coventry from their main base at Coventry Airport to hundreds of drop off points locally. Travel De Courcey can also be hired for coach trips and excursions. Turn to page 75.


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Coventry Cathedral

Youell House, 1 Hill Top, Coventry CV1 5AB


024 7652 1210 Designed by Sir Basil Spence and voted the nation’s favourite 20th century building, Coventry Cathedral is a fascinating and moving mix of the old and the new with an extraordinary history of three cathedrals in one setting. An icon of hope, the Cathedral is STONELEIGH ABBEY recognised internationally as a World Kenilworth CV8 2LF Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. It houses finest collection of 1950s art 01926the 858535 in Britain and monumental works of art, including: • Graham Sutherland’s Great Tapestry – one ofinthe largest world with the Sitting 690 acresinofthe parkland River Avon flowing through, Stoneleigh •Abbey Britain’s greatest collection modern is a beautiful place toofvisit. With stained glass more than 800 years of history the has many interesting tales to tell. •Abbey St Michael’s Tower – the third tallest in England Additional attractions include:

For Visitor lovers Centre of Jane- Austen, • New visit our Stoneleigh new • Events - Coventry Cathedral is an extraordinary space for you to create a exhibition, introductory offers thedisplays chanceand to walk in her unique and memorable event. With a film on the thousand-year history of footsteps and see portraits of her Coventry’s Cathedrals from ancestors.three Her fascination with the 11th wide range of meeting spaces - for up century to theispresent day to 2,000 delegates and exhibitions in our Stoneleigh revealed during the Jane 8,800sq ft Cathedral Nave, and a dozen Austen Tour. Stoneleigh a five minute • Blitz Experience Museum - is showcasing a break-out rooms for 10 to 120 guests, the drive fromtaste the of A46, minutes from fascinating lifeten in 1940s Coventry, Cathedral can provide any number of thecontemporary M40. with film footage and configurations for any meeting, exhibition room reconstructions or conference.

Open Daily: 09:00 – 17:00 Sunday: 12:00 – 16:00

• Tours - we offer a choice of four tour programmes for group bookings (General, Artist and Architecture, History and Reconciliation tours)

*Receive 12 months free entrance to the Cathedral if you “Gift Aid” your £7.00 admission ticket fee. Entry ticket will be valid for one year from the date of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.

Visit us in 2012 for our Golden Jubilee and join in our 50th anniversary celebrations and special events! Find out more at

Daily Guided Tours: 11:00 & 14:00 (available April – September) Admission Fees Standard Adult: £7.00* Concessions: £5.00 Children under 7 years Free



024 7623 4270

In the heart of Coventry city centre, this huge Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British road transport, and a visit whisks you away into a world of stories of real people, real passions and real hope.

the first bicycles, carriages and cars, explore the first car factories and gasp as you witness their wartime destruction in the Blitz Experience. The journey continues to bring you right up to the present day.

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Discover the stories behind the people who made Coventry the centre of the world’s motor and cycle industries, and get up close and personal with the actual vehicles that defined some of history’s most important moments. The Museum is laid out as a journey through time – wander 19th century streets and discover

Come face to face with Royal cars, military vehicles, and the current Land Speed Record holding vehicle, ThrustSSC. Marvel at this spectacular piece of British engineering, then experience for yourself what it’s like to travel through the sound barrier at over 760mph in the ThrustSSC simulator.

Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD


The Museum’s cafe serves a delicious range of fair-trade tea, coffee and soft drinks, as well as sandwiches, cakes and snacks.

A FREE day out the whole family will love.

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Kenilworth Castle & elizabethan garden

Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NE

01926 852078 kenilworth

Visit Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden and enjoy a fun and interactive day out in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained from exhibitions to our exciting events programme. Learn about the fascinating history of the Castle in our two intriguing and interactive exhibitions. The Stable Exhibition reveals the 900 year history of the castle whilst the Gatehouse Exhibition opens up a window on the royal love story between Robert Dudley and Elizabeth I.



Leathermills Lane, Hartshill, Nuneaton, CV10 0RX

01827 719852

You can learn even more about the castle and its beautiful grounds with our complimentary audio tour for adults and children. Having indulged in the history of the castle, why not relax and unwind in the beautiful castle grounds? Bring a picnic, sit back and relax whilst the children roam free to their heart’s content through the vast medieval ruins. Your visit to Kenilworth is not complete without wandering through the magnificent Elizabethan Garden. Soak up the scents, sounds and sights of this stunning masterpiece as Queen

Elizabeth I would have done more than 400 hundred years ago; a true paradise for garden lovers! Complete your day out with a visit to our delightful castle tearoom for a slice of delicious homemade cake and a refreshing cup of tea.


Ace Karting provides unique adventures for any occasion. There are a number of custom packages available from arrive and drive to tailor made events. Ideal for birthday parties, celebrations, corporate entertainment, team building events and stag/hen parties. You will be fitted with helmets, gloves, race suits and receive a printed certificate upon completion. Catering facilities available. Fully licensed, parking adjacent to main building.


Astley Lane, Soar End, Bedworth, CV12 0NE

024 7649 0235

Astley Book Farm is located 2 miles outside the North Warwickshire town of Bedworth, and just 8 miles from Coventry, 10 minutes from junction 3 of the M6 motorway. It is situated on the Arbury Estate, the birthplace of Victorian novelist George Eliot. We stock a range of her novels and related literature, with over 75,000 books in stock. We also have children’s Hayloft, Science Fiction and Fantasy Barn. Open everyday including bank holidays, 10:00 - 17:30. Coffee shop now open 10:00 - 17:00 everyday.


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Priory Place, Coventry CV1 5SQ

024 7655 1000


Located within the modern Priory Place development in Coventry city centre, the BBC’s media centre for Coventry and Warwickshire is open to the public. See how the BBC’s local radio station broadcasts live to the region, take part in a multitude of events all year round. Call to book a tour of the station.


Coombe Country Park

Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB

024 7645 3720 Home to 500 acres of beautiful woodlands, gardens and lakeside walks, Coombe Country Park is the perfect place for a day out with friends and family or a peaceful stroll exploring the parks exciting history.


Belgrade TheaTre

Belgrade Square, Coventry CV1 1GS

024 7655 3055 The Belgrade Theatre features an 850 seat air-conditioned main auditorium that plays host to a fantastic programme of acclaimed touring productions and shows throughout the year. A newly created second space, B2, can seat 250-300 guests

and allows the Belgrade to showcase some of the most original and groundbreaking touring companies in the country. With a recently established permanent exhibition space, on-site bar and conference facilities to cater for meetings from the small and intimate to 850, the Belgrade Theatre is the ultimate venue whether you’re visiting Coventry for business or pleasure. For more information visit our website.


There is plenty for the children to do from feeding the ducks to adventures on the climbing forest and from building camp fires with the education team to bug hunting. The park also has a Visitor Centre with a Café, Gift Shop, Discovery Centre and Woodturners workshop.

G Casino

Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE

024 7668 4747 Get ready to experience the thrill of G Casino Ricoh Arena Coventry. With incredible gaming, amazing entertainment, fantastic food and two great late bars to choose from, it’s more than a night out, it’s an event! So come and see and be seen at G Casino

Coventry, the hottest venue in town. We’re open from 00:00 to 06:00 every day of the week. Enjoy regular live entertainment in Lady G’s every Friday and Saturday night; dine in Mahir’s Experience restaurant for an authentic Indian experience, or simply chill out in our late night bar with some friends.

Herbert Art GAllery & MuseuM Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP

024 7629 4736 The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is an award winning venue, offering stylish, memorable events in a dynamic, creative environment located in the centre of the UK. In the heart of Coventry city centre, the Herbert has


eight permanent galleries displaying our collections & four temporary galleries showing international touring exhibitions. We offer a unique & stunning environment with a wide range of flexible modern spaces, perfect for hosting events & meetings. From the spectacular 400m2 glass Covered Court, to our more intimate meeting spaces. You can take a virtual tour of our facilities visiting us online at


Priory Visitor Centre and UnderCrofts

Priory Visitor Centre, Priory Row CV1 5EX

024 7655 2242 For hundreds of years the ruins of Coventry’s first Cathedral lay hidden beneath the city centre. Coventry’s Millennium project, gave archaeologists the opportunity to



Holy TriniTy CHurCH

5a Priory Row, Coventry CV1 5EX

024 7622 0418 Holy Trinity Church’s story goes back nearly 1000 years! Still a lively, active and welcoming church, this extraordinary building has survived fire, reformation and the blitz. The church houses many rare artefacts, perhaps the most exceptional being

the famous medieval wall painting of the Last Judgement which has recently undergone significant restoration and is on full display. The church welcomes visitors, free of charge, seven days a week. All are invited to the regular Sunday and midweek services, to spend time exploring the church’s fascinating history or to simply come and find peace in the heart of the city centre.


excavate this important site. Over several years the remains of many of the medieval buildings were uncovered. Some of the ruins have been reburied for their protection, but gardens have been designed over them to reflect the archaeology below. The garden built over the site of the cloister includes the Visitor Centre which not only houses some of the incredible finds from the excavations but also tells the story of this amazing part of Coventry’s history.

Ricoh ARenA

Phoenix Way, Coventry CV6 6GE

0844 873 6500 A visit to Coventry would not be complete without visiting the home of Coventry City Football Club, at the mightily impressive Ricoh Arena. This state of the art 32,000 seat stadium, set on a 40 acre site is unlike any other development of its kind anywhere in the UK. With onsite conference

facilities, banqueting, exhibition halls and a hotel. This multi-purpose complex has won several industry awards, with high levels of service and attention to detail. Easily accessible from all major arterial routes into and out of the city, the Ricoh Arena is a highly recommended attraction to visit during your stay.


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St Mary’S Guildhall

Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN

024 7683 3328 Discover more than six hundred years worth of history at the heart of the city, in one of Coventry’s most remarkable survivors of the medieval age. Arguably the finest medieval guildhall in the country, with original artworks, armour, period furniture


and ancient tapestries, housed within magnificent historic interiors. Oh, and don’t forget the ghosts! ADMISSION FREE. Great value snacks, lunches and refreshments are on offer in the popular Godiva’s café in the vaulted undercroft. Licensed venues available to hire for prestigious weddings, functions and corporate events.



Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4QU

0871 265 2000 Looking for a totally breathtaking day out with all of the family? Then look no further than Warwickshire’s ultimate attraction, Warwick Castle! Immerse yourself in a thousand years worth of history, where ancient myths and spell


Stoneleigh Abbey

Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LF

01926 858585

Sitting in 690 acres of parkland, and established in 1154 Stoneleigh Abbey has seen many changes. Jane Austen found the house and its family intriguing, Prince Charles marked the completion of its restoration by making a special visit. There is much to tell about the people who have lived here, about the lovely grounds and the stunning architecture – please come and experience over 800 years of history at Stoneleigh Abbey for yourself.


binding tales will set your imagination alight. Where princesses are pampered and maidens are wooed, experience the heat of battle as winners become heroes and losers are confined to the dank, dark dungeons, forgotten for all eternity. With tons to see and do, and set in some of the UK’s most splendid grounds, Warwick Castle will send shivers down your spine and electrify your senses.

WarWick racecourse

Hampton Street, Warwick CV34 6HN

0844 579 3013

Nestled next to Warwick Castle, Warwick Racecourse is one of the oldest in the country and races all year round with 22 fixtures under both codes of Flat and Jumps. With many of Warwick’s fixtures falling on weekends, Bank Holidays and evenings there are some great days and nights out to be had whether it is through business or with family and friends. For more information please visit our website.

Coventry & Warwickshire AlAn Higgs Centre

Allard Way, Binley, Coventry CV3 1HW


024 7630 8244

Allesley Hall Drive, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9AD

024 7667 6580

This state of the art centre boasts some of the best sports and recreational facilities in the city. The Alan Higgs Centre is located within 80 acres of land, offering an extensive range of facilities for sport, exercise and recreational participation. The Alan Higgs Centre also incorporates specialist facilities such as indoor and outdoor 3G pitches, a BMX track, skate park and natural play area.



This picturesque historic park offers a unique parkland experience with its rolling landscape and established tree stock providing year round colour and entertainment for all golfing enthusiasts. Visitors can marvel at the unspoilt green space while taking time out to walk around the park, enjoying stunning hillside views of Coventry and local villages. Families with children can also enjoy the picnic and play area.


The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW

Ardencote Spa is a luxuriously appointed addition to the Ardencote Manor Hotel & Country Club. The Manor’s former Victorian Coach House has been tastefully transformed with the combination of elegant English tradition and simplistic contemporary design. This is a sanctuary to relax and unwind, where your body and soul are in complete harmony. Ardencote Spa & Leisure Club also provides unrivalled sports and leisure facilities.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is a thatched farmhouse with stunning grounds and gardens, which overflow with beautiful blooms, and traditional shrubs. It is just over one mile from the town centre but can be accessed via a pleasant, well signposted footpath. See for yourself the many original items of family furniture, including the Hathaway bed and take in the charming cottage gardens.

Baddesley Clinton

Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire B93 0DQ

01564 783294 This atmospheric house dates from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. The house and interiors reflect its heyday in the Elizabethan era, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics – there are three priest’s holes. There is a delightful garden with stewponds and a romantic lake and nature walk.


The Cumsey, Lye Green Road, Claverdon, Warwick, CV35 8LT

01926 842000

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21 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW

01789 290969 Bombay Manor is now an old and slightly mouldering pile, located between Chipping Snodbury and Lower Chipping and is truly a sight to behold. After a spectacular sea battle in which Admiral Arachnibold Lupo Bombay lost an eye, Good Queen Bess awarded him the funds to restore the grand house at Bombay Manor. However the Admiral decided that it was kinder just to pull it down and level the site, burying all traces, he hoped, of his sinister past.


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Brandon Marsh nature Centre


Brandon Lane, Coventry CV3 3GW

Burton Dassett, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2AB

024 7663 9556

024 7630 5592

Looking for a relaxing walk in the country, surrounded by large pools with reedbeds, willow carr, grassland and woodland. Then look no further than the peacefully rewarding trails of one of Coventry’s leading wildlife reserves. Brandon Nature Reserve offers an educational Visitor Centre, seven bird hides plus excellent nature trail with full disabled access and parking.


CharleCote Park

Wellesbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire CV35 9ER

Unspoilt, rolling hills – that’s what you will discover at Burton Dassett Hills. Whether you are walking, flying a kite or just sitting in your car, the magnificent views from these hills are breathtaking. The site comprises a series of rugged hilltops affording spectacular views in all directions and Fox Covert, a small woodland with a surfaced footpath.


01926 410410

Charlecote Park has been home to the Lucy family since the 12th century. Their stories are told throughout the house by their portraits, the objects they collected from around the world and the design influence they had on the house and parkland. The gardens include a formal parterre and woodland walks offering picturesque views across the River Avon.

Chesterton Windmill is a famous feature of the Warwickshire landscape and can be seen from several miles away. It stands on a hilltop overlooking the Roman Fosse Way about five miles south-east of Warwick. The mill was built in the years 1632-1633 and remained in use until about 1910 when its machinery ceased to work. It was restored from 1965-1971 by Warwickshire County Council.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

01926 645500 Compton Verney is Warwickshire’s award-winning art gallery. Since its opening in 2004, it has continued to deliver an exciting international programme of exhibitions and events, alongside a diverse collection of art from around the world. It offers visitors the unique opportunity to view art in the setting of a Grade I listed Robert Adam mansion located in 120 acres of spectacular parkland.



Warwickshire County Council, Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4SA

01789 470277




Coughton Court

Throckmorton Estates, Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5JA

01789 400 777 Coughton Court has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. It holds a unique place in English history with its close connections to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The house stands in 25 acres of grounds containing some of the most breathtaking gardens in the country. It was Clare McLarenThrockmorton’s intention to create a garden that complements the beautiful house, and to give it the setting it deserves.

Coventry & Warwickshire COVENTRY CANAL BASIN

St Nicholas Street, Coventry, CV1 4LY


024 7678 2368

Brandon Stadium, Rugby Road, Brandon, Coventry CV8 3GJ

024 7654 2395

The basin was opened in 1769 and expanded in 1788. It is situated just north of Coventry city centre and just outside the city’s inner ring road. Many of the buildings and the site were restored between 1993 and 1995. The Canal Bridge, Canal House and the warehouses are grade II listed buildings. Five miles north of Coventry, at Hawkesbury Junction, a superbly preserved iron bridge crosses the start of the Oxford Canal.


Coventry SportS Centre

Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5GA An exhilarating evening’s entertainment that will thrill and delight at any age; pulses will race and crowds will cheer as British Speedway, the toughest leagues in the world, involve the very best racers from around the globe! With seven riders clashing in a series of 15 races, each lap will dazzle and excite, as you enjoy one of the cities leading weekend attractions. Parking on-site.


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024 7650 2916

As a ‘QUEST’ accredited site, the centre carries the UK quality kite mark standard for sports and leisure facilities. This unique facility in the city centre, offers an inexhaustible choice of opportunities to exercise, learn, keep fit and have fun and it is becoming increasingly popular for family members of all ages. The choices are endless so check out what is on offer: three swimming pools, badminton, squash, indoor football courts, bowls hall and ARENA health and fitness gym.

Creaky Cauldron

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 6QW

0844 824 8600 Do you scare easily? Do you have what it takes to wander through three floors of eerie room settings with a creepy Christmas twist in England’s most haunted museum and visitor experience? Are you prepared to deal with the ghostly presences that you might encounter? From the moment that you purchase your ticket until the moment you leave we can promise you a visit of unnerving theatricality set within the disorientating walls of a genuinely haunted building!

Coventry WatCh MuseuM

P.O. Box 1714, Coventry CV3 6ZS





Watchmaking was first recorded in Coventry during the 1680s, but it was not until the 18th century that Coventry emerged as one of the main centre’s of the watchmaking industry in England. The Watch Museum Project tries to preserve artefacts and buildings and to carry out historical research, where watches and tools can be displayed together with photographs of people, buildings and maps of the area.



Hockley Heath, Birmingham, B94 6SE

0844 477 5080 Delta Force Paintball Birmingham (also known as Delta Force Paintball Solihull at Beechwood) is located only a stone’s throw from the M42. Delta Force Paintball Solihull is the largest paintball centre in the Midlands area. Offering 10 action-packed game zones in 64 acres of mixed woodland, the Solihull Paintball centre provides customers with the ultimate day out. Trains, planes, giant stone pyramids, tanks... we have it all!


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Draycote Water

Kites Hardwick, Nr Rugby CV23 8AB


01788 811153

near Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 3TW

0844 472 1950

Draycote Water is a 650 acre reservoir set high in the rolling Warwickshire countryside. The club is open 364 days a year for dinghy sailing and windsurfing. Class racing is held on Sundays throughout the year and on Wednesday evenings through the summer. The clubhouse is large and well equipped, with lounge/bar, catered wet-bar, chandlery and changing rooms. After sailing, our members can relax in comfort with WiFi internet access and AV facilities in the lounge.


Foleshill sports Centre

Livingstone Road, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 5AR

Drayton Manor features some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around! Apocalypse is the world’s first stand up tower drop. Shockwave is Europe’s only stand up rollercoaster. Stormforce 10 is ‘the best water ride in the country’ whilst Maelstrom is the only gyro swing to make you face outwards! A great day out for family and friends with so much to see and do including a zoo.


This family orientated QUEST commended centre has recently undergone a major refurbishment and is once again offering a full complement of swimming, fitness and school holiday programmes. The fully equipped 40 station Arena Fitness Gym with the latest cardio-vascular and weights machines, provides excellent opportunities for personal fitness. In the heart of Foleshill, the centre offers a friendly atmosphere with a variety of exercise options.

Hatton Farm Village offers a wonderful family day out with a fun packed programme of farmyard animals, adventure play, fun fair rides, children’s shows, falconry displays and tractor rides. With a seasonally changing programme there is always something new to see and do from new born lambs at our February Frolics event, Easter Egg and Bunny Hunts, an A-maize-ing Maze in the summer, free pumpkins during our Pumpkin Week and Santa’s Grotto at Christmas.

Heart of england adventure Park

Meriden Road, Near Meriden, Warwickshire CV7 8DX

01676 540333 operations@ The Heart Country Park and Beach is set in 160 acres of rural Warwickshire. Determined to preserve the natural environment and limit development of the site to only that which is necessary to create an environment which can be accessed for leisure and educational purposes. Where else can you find a huge, life size beach with swimming lagoon and swan boats in the heart of England?


Hatton Country World

Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA

01926 843411

024 7666 7121


Drayton Manor theMe Park


Heritage Motor Centre

Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ

01926 641188 The Heritage Motor Centre motor museum in Gaydon is home to the world’s greatest collection of British cars! Discover the history of British motoring with the museums collection of over 180 exciting cars from the past century. Learn how a motor car really works with our museums interactive exhibits or perhaps take a turn on our Land Rover. Enjoy a family day out with our family fun museum activity days held throughout every Warwickshire school holiday.

Coventry & Warwickshire Jaguar Heritage trust MuseuM


024 7663 2730

Browns Lane, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9DR

024 7640 1291

Laser Quest is a game of wits, cunning, strategy and stealth. A game that almost seems like the real thing. Laser Quest is an indoor game where you can enter a fantasy world where you compete in a game of electronic tag as a team or individual in our pre built arena. Whether you’re six or 66 you’ll love the adrenaline-pumping exhilaration of stalking your opponents and unleashing a volley of laser fire in a battle zone from the 21st century.

More than 140 historic vehicles from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Collection. Many are original, just as they left the factory, and fully operational. In a controlled atmosphere, for maximum preservation, each vehicle on display is a living icon of a bygone era. Each symbolises a significant milestone in the continuing development and growth of Jaguar Cars and its associated companies.


Lord Leycester HospitaL

60 High Street, Warwick CV34 4BH


01926 491422 It’s A.D. 60; the Iceni of East Anglia led by the legendary Boudica have rebelled against Roman rule, and have just been defeated in a terrible battle fought somewhere in the Midlands.

The Hospital is an historic group of timber-framed buildings dating mainly from the late 14th century clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th century Chantry Chapel above it. For nearly 200 years it was the home of Warwick’s medieval Guilds. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I it became a place of retirement for old warriors and their wives. The hospital is open to the public and welcomes visitors from all over the world throughout the year.


The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW

01789 204016 Explore the house where Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, grew up and experience for yourself the daily routine, skills and crafts the young William would have known from visits to his grandparents in the 1570s. You will find all the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Tudor farm. Rare breed animals roam the grounds and visitors can explore the nature trails discovering abundant wildlife such as woodpeckers, rabbits and deer along the way.

Lunt Roman FoRt

Baginton CV8 3AJ

024 7678 6142



Watch Close, Coventry CV1 3LN



As a result the Romans are building a series of fortifications across the Midlands including the Lunt. Come and explore this partially-reconstructed timber fort, explore the exhibition in the granary and imagine yourself training horses in the gyrus, a feature not found anywhere else in the

Roman Empire.


Midland air MuseuM

Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AZ

024 7630 1033 Displays of civil and military aircraft spanning more than seventy years of aviation development. Exhibits range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber, through to more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military. Also on display are aero engines, a wide range of memorabilia and a collection of material relating to Sir Frank Whittle, the Coventry-born engineer who designed the jet engine which made modern high speed aircraft and economical air travel possible.


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Odeon, Skydome, Coventry CV1 3AZ


08712 244007

024 7663 0693

For a great spell of evening entertainment, why not try out the Coventry ODEON Skydome complex, with onsite cinema, restaurants, bars and night clubs. For the latest films and releases, wining and dining options and chilled out, relaxing and refreshing experiences, ODEON is the place to be any night of the week!



Nuneaton Rd, Mancetter, Nr Atherstone CV9 1RF

Home to the Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Team, the Planet Ice Arena near the Skydome Coventry is a sensational night out, full of thrills and spills on the ice and off! With skate hire options available, student nights, themed skate evenings, action packed weekends and family orientated sporting activities for all ages; Planet Ice is a chillingly good way to spend several hours in Coventry city centre!


For a fun-filled day out for all the family, take a fascinating journey of discovery through the living world of Plantasia & Mazeworld. Bring the world of plants to life with a tour of our interactive exhibition centre; explore the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, take a walk on the wild side with acres of natural trails and even a tree top walk. Plantasia is truly alive with the opportunity to visit the deer park, the pigs, the sheep and spot all kinds of birds, insects and other wildlife.

Whether it’s an action-packed day out for the whole family, a stunning venue at which to hold your corporate event or wedding, or somewhere tranquil to get lost in your own thoughts, Ragley has it all. With so much to see and do, visitors often begin with a tour of the delightful Palladian House designed by Robert Hooke in 1680. Ragley remains the family home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and manages to retain its family charm despite the thousands of people who visit each year.

Royal PumP Rooms

The Parade, Royal Leamington Spa CV32 4AA

01926 742700 The historic Royal Pump Rooms is a cultural complex packed full of things to see and do. The multi-million pound restoration houses the Art Gallery and Museum, Assembly Rooms, Tea Rooms, Tourist Information Centre and Library. Perfect if you’re passing through the area, this fascinating building will both delight and amaze with the sheer amount on offer.


Ragley Hall

Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5NJ

01789 762090

01827 713438


Planet Ice arena

Planet Ice Arena, Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ


Royal ShakeSpeaRe TheaTRe

The Courtyard Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB

0844 800 1110

Built in 1932, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is the RSC’s main performance space in Stratford-upon-Avon. The theatre recently completed a £112.8 million transformation to turn the main theatre into a modern day Shakespeare theatre. The renovations included a thrust stage auditorium, expanded and renovated public areas, including a new rooftop café and restaurant.

Coventry & Warwickshire RUGBY ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM


024 7630 3627

Little Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ

01788 533201

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s nationally known Rugby Collection of 20th century and contemporary British art was established in 1946 and now holds more than 170 important paintings, drawings, prints and video pieces.

The Secret Garden is a special haven for wildlife tucked away on the edge of a busy city. Amongst the animals you may see are roe deer, muntjac, badgers, foxes, weasels and rabbits. If you are very lucky you might be treated to a glimpse of a grass snake or common lizard, whilst the large population of great crested newts can be seen swimming in the pools and streams. The garden is open to all – young and old alike.


Ryton GaRden oRGanic

Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry CV8 3LG


024 7630 5592

Ten acres of beautifully landscaped grounds highlight the delights of organic gardening. Glorious arrays of flowers and shrubs are on show throughout the year. We recapture the beauty of a wildflower meadow and a cornfield. Blue seas of lavender and a host of different roses invigorate the senses. Organic gardens also provide a safe haven for wildlife.

ShakeSpeare’S houSeS and GardenS


Ryton Road, Bubbenhall, Coventry CV8 3BH

024 7630 3517



Mill Hill, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AG

The 100 acres of Ryton Pools Country Park are just waiting to be explored. The many different habitats are home to a wide range of birds and other wildlife. Come and have a picnic in the peace and quiet of the park, or enjoy refreshments at the Visitor Centre. We have a walks and events programme offering activities throughout the year.



Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW

Gielgud Way, Walsgrave, Coventry, CV2 2SZ

01789 204016

0871 220 1000

We are the world’s leading charity in promoting the works, life and times of William Shakespeare and offer a unique Shakespeare centered experience with outstanding archive and library collections, inspiring educational and literary event programmes and five wonderful houses all directly relating to Shakespeare. As an independent charity we receive no public subsidy or direct government funding.

Showing the very latest blockbuster movies in comfortable, fully air conditioned auditoriums, with concessionary stands, pick & mix stalls, a relaxing and chilled out atmosphere with a huge selection of films and comedy nights. Showcase Cinema offers customers a first class cinema experience, with the very latest in 3D technology!




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St John the BaptiSt ChurCh


Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY

Somers Road, Meriden, Coventry CV7 7PL

024 7655 2491

01676 522442 Stonebridge is a beautiful parkland golf course located in Meriden; just two miles from the NEC with easy access to the A45, M42 and M6. We also play host to the PGA Europro Tour. Facilities include a floodlit golf range, chipping area, fully stocked golf shop, Spike Bar, restaurant & extensive conference and banqueting facilities. The Bridge Restaurant has scenic views over the 18 hole golf course.

Situated on the very edge of Coventry’s medieval Spon Street, St John is a Grade I listed medieval masterpiece, carved from rose sandstone, and considered one of the most beautiful churches in England. During the Civil War, the church was used to imprison Scottish Royalists soldiers. There is so much to discover at this historical site, so make sure you stop by and take it all in.


Stratford Butterfly farm


Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7LS Enjoy the unique pleasure of watching hundreds of the world’s most spectacular and colourful butterflies flying all around. See them feeding and flying in a wonderful tropical environment. Observe their amazing lifecycles in the Caterpillar Room, observe the fascinating and strange in Insect City; where stick insects, leaf-cutting ants and many more remarkable creatures are to be found.

Talisman TheaTre and arTs CenTre

Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1EG


Take a Walk on The Dark SiDe 07788 437392

01789 299288


Stonebridge golf CourSe

Take A Walk On The Dark Side provides the best ghost and dark history tours in England. We specialise in walking tours around the most haunted towns of Warwickshire and Worcestershire featuring the most haunted locations, the scariest stories and most terrifying tales. Our tours run all year round. When you visit Warwick, Kenilworth or Stratford join us for a journey back in time to experience the dark past of Shakespeare’s England.



Crosspoint Business Park, Olivier Way, Coventry CV2 2SH

01926 856548

0871 873 2450

The Talisman Theatre is a member theatre of the Little Theatre Guild and is justly proud of the highest standards in all departments. The Company was founded in 1942. In 1969 we moved to our present theatre in Barrow Road, which seats 156 people, as well as accommodating a bar/foyer with regular art exhibitions, and a studio for rehearsal and small-scale productions. We are a registered charity and are completely run by volunteers.

Tenpin offers not just great bowling but also a great amusement arcade area too. Our sites have the latest state-of -the-art amusements and games where you can blast away and battle against your friends and families. Stalk your opponents through a futuristic Quasar/ Lazer landscape featuring ramps, gangways, strobe and UV lighting, swirling fog and music with the goal of shooting your opponents and destroying their base using state-of-theart laser gun equipment.

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40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6EE


01789 298070 Set in one of, if not the most historical properties in Stratford, Tudor World is the largest museum in Stratford. It is educational, fascinating and atmospheric experience both in the day or in the evening. The museum is suitable for all ages, and families are more than welcome, although some younger children of a nervous disposition may find the exhibits too atmospheric. With a museum, shop, nearby restaurant and café, picnic area and small theatre this is a fantastic day/night out!


Twycross Zoo

Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX

Whilst experiencing Coventry for all its historic stories and lasting legacies, why not take time out to explore one of the cities most prominent and artful additions in the form of the Two-Tone Trail, based at Coventry Universities Student Union. With an educational tour including fun facts and musical trivia of the global sensations TwoTone and their musical movement, as well as a personal tour around some of the cities famous landmarks and the original band members origin stories and personal effects.


The War Memorial Park is a large park of about 48.5 hectares situated in southern Coventry. The park was opened in July 1921 as a tribute to the 2,587 Coventrians who died between 1914 and 1918 fighting in the First World War. The park’s features include football pitches, bowling greens, a small golf course, tennis courts, a paddling pool, an aviary for small birds, and a skate board area, but it mainly comprises large open green areas with many trees and shrubberies.

Twycross Zoo is now in its 47th year of business, over the last six years, visitors to our Zoo will have noticed our immersion exhibits: these give visitors the opportunity to experience different parts of the world and see the animals in their natural habitat. In 2010, ‘Himalaya’ opened its doors to the public with a new 300 seater all day restaurant with views of two spectacular snow leopards.

WarWick arts centre

University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL

024 7652 4524 Warwick Arts Centre is the largest arts centre in the Midlands, attracting 280,000 visitors a year to individual events embracing music, drama, comedy, literature, film and visual art. Warwick Arts Centre is situated at the heart of the University of Warwick in Coventry and is integral to the cultural life of the University who owns the Art Centre.

War MeMorial Park

Kenilworth Road, Coventry CV3 6PT

024 7678 5763

0844 474 1777



Coventry University Students Union, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FJ





5 - 6 St Matthews Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 3BY

01788 567777 The Rugby Football Museum is housed opposite Rugby School in the original building where James Gilbert, boot and shoemaker, made the first rugby footballs in 1842. The collection is privately owned and currently on loan to Rugby Borough Council. The Museum is open to the public Monday to Saturday from 9:00 - 17:00. It is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.


Image Credits: Left - NTPL Robert Morris. Right - Matt Sugars.

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Great days out in Rural Warwickshire Enjoy charming, historic market towns, scenic walks, real ales and lots of luscious local food. Indulge



Time your visit for March 2012 and catch The Edible Garden Show, Stoneleigh Park. Indulge in artisan goodies at Alcester & Forest of Arden Food Festival in May. Share a late summer toast or two at Harbury Beer Festival.

Or explore Henley-in-Arden with its alluring mile-long High Street of 12th–18th century buildings and irresistible 16th-century ice cream parlour. There’s divine drinking at The Bluebell, where they’ve researched the ‘perfect serve’ of more than 130 tipples.

Another day, combine canals and culture on a seven-mile circular route from picturesque Lapworth, past National Trust Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton. Relax at The Navigation Inn or The Boot Inn. Good food, great ales, superb days out.

Savour the flavours of true beer-lovers’ country on a tour of Church End Brewery or North Cotswold Brewery, Stretton on Fosse. Purity Brewing Company, Great Alne, is famed for environmentally friendly beer-making, and The Griffin Inn at Shustoke brews in the barn – lunch and a light pint of Gorgeous George, anyone?

Also make the perfect getaway to pretty market towns and villages – amble the quaint Tudormeets-Victorian streetscape of Alcester and lunch at the 17th-century Holly Bush. Then discover the Gunpowder Plot secrets of nearby Coughton Court and quirky sculpture trail at Ragley Hall.

Refresh the parts that even beer can’t reach, walking in quintessential English countryside. Ramble Ilmington Down on the Cotswold fringe for lofty panoramic views, then stay in the 400-year-old Howard Arms beside Ilmington’s village green, or The Bell gastropub at Alderminster.

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Opening Times Open Daily : 9am – 4.30pm Sunday :12pm – 4pm Daily Guided Tours 11am & 2pm (available April – September) Standard Adult : £7.00* Concessions : £5.00 Passport to Leisure : £1.50

*Gift Aid your £7.00 admission ticket to receive 12 months free entrance to the Cathedral.



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2012 is going to be a fantastic year! Amongst other things Coventry Cathedral celebrates its Golden Jubilee – a landmark occasion for a landmark building, recognising 50 years since the opening of the new Cathedral in 1962.



The ruined shell of the 14th century Cathedral remains, speaking powerfully of the need to reach out in friendship Coventry Cathedral is also a place of beauty and creativity, housing one of Britain’s best rather than war. During 2012, the eyes of the world will focus on Britain. Never collections of 20th century art. During 2012, and true to our tradition over the last 50 has Coventry Cathedral’s message been so relevant. As a world centre for years, we are planning a cultural programme of art, music, theatre, poetry and worship that reconciliation, and with Coventry’s mission as a city of peace and reconciliation, the will inspire everyone. Cathedral closely connects with the core Olympic values: the celebration of sport in This will include – amongst others – a newly sharing understanding between nations. commissioned piece by James MacMillan, involving local children, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and top soloist, Ian Bostridge; musical events featuring top artists and performers; key multicultural events; theatrical performances and exhibitions; a week-long Flower Festival in partnership with the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies, which will see the launch of a new rose named Coventry Cathedral. We will share in the Olympic celebrations and Godiva will sleep in the Cathedral ruins before setting off for London! Further programme announcements will be made throughout the year. Please visit for further details.

COVENTRY CATHEDRAL 1 Hill Top, Coventry, CV1 5AB, United Kingdom Tel +44 (0) 24 7652 1210 Fax +44 (0) 24 7652 1220


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Coventry & Warwickshire SHOPPING




Newdegate Street, Nuneaton CV11 4EL

024 7637 1800

Broadgate Square features one of the country’s largest Primark stores along with other big name shopping outlets including Game, JD Sports and Claire’s Accessories. The iconic Lady Godiva statue serves as a fantastic point of interest and Coventry’s famous clock featuring Peeping Tom draws in the crowds every hour as they wait for Lady Godiva herself to make an appearance. With regular events and activities, Broadgate provides a fantastic and exciting events space. The Abbey Gate Shopping Centre provides a unique shopping experience, right in the heart of Nuneaton. With well known national stores accompanied by independent retailers, every retail need is catered for here, all under cover. With excellent transport links and car parking facilities, access to the centre is straightforward and easy for the entire family. If you tire of shopping, kick back and relax in some of the nearby cafés and restaurants.


Cathedral lanes shopping Centre


19 Market Mall, Rugby CV21 2JR

024 7663 2532

01788 572630

Cathedral Lanes, situated adjacent to Broadgate Square offers a great area to shop for life’s necessities. The great Wilkinson’s store, sports wear shop and game workshop are all located centrally in Coventry and all under cover. The café provides a lovely place to stop and relax during your visit to the city centre so make sure you pay this charming shopping centre a visit whilst you’re here.

Both Rugby high street and the Clock Towers Shopping Centre have a whole host of quality independent shops, niche retailers and national favourites offering the finest goods, food and high quality customer service. Soak up the atmosphere of Rugby’s open market, held next to the Clock Tower. The market is held every Monday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 - 16:00.

Coventry Farmer’s market

Market Way, West Midlands, Coventry CV1 3HT

The market in Coventry offers a variety of fresh, locally sourced seasonal produce and is always very popular with the public. A vast range of products are on offer from the farmers, including; organic foods, a variety of flavoured breads, croissants, cheese, hearty homemade soups and pies. Coventry’s Farmer’s Market takes place in Market Way, Coventry on the second Thursday of every month.



Broadgate, Coventry CV1 1LL



Broadgate, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1NF


Coventry Market

Retail Market, Queen Victoria Road, Coventry CV1 3HT

024 7622 4927 Coventry’s indoor retail market is jammed packed with small independent retailers – perfect for those shopping for something a little bit different or special. Open six days a week, the indoor market offers a wide variety of fresh and sometimes exotic food produce, including a comprehensive fresh fish market. Shopping Centre’s come and go, Coventry Market has been providing shoppers in Coventry with choice and value for over 50 years and still continues today!



0845 355 2150

City Arcade, Greyfriars Walk, Coventry CV1 3HW

024 7622 7272

IKEA’s first ever city centre store in the UK, the Coventry super centre is spread over seven floors. Built using environmentally sustainable building materials, providing shoppers with iconic IKEA products in a unique urban setting. Easily accessible from both the city centre and surrounding areas, this huge multi-floor store has everything from home furnishings, lighting, kitchenware, bathroom suites and bedroom displays, as well as an on-site cafe and restaurant. The retailers of City Arcade, Market Square, Bull Yard and Shelton Square have come together to create Greyfriars Walk, a newly re-branded retail quarter on the south side of the city centre. Greyfriars Walk is host to a diverse range of reputable independent retailers as well as some nationally recognised names. Retailers include the Gadget Shop, Silver Glade Jewellery and Garb. Other retailers include cake decorators, furniture suppliers and costume hire.



Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3AW



Birmingham Road, Stratford-upon -Avon, Warwickshire CV37 0HZ Creating and adding to the community in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Maybird Shopping Park provides a superb outdoor shopping experience to the local area. Featuring top brands such as New Look, Argos and Matalan, the site which features fantastic outdoor parking provides a relaxing retail experience for the whole family. With several eateries also available, a visit here can last all day.

Lower Precinct ShoPPing centre

Lower Precinct, Coventry CV1 1NQ

024 7663 4710

Royal Leamington Spa is a mediumsized town in Warwickshire, in the heart of the English countryside. It has a fine Georgian town centre and a spa in the Royal Pump Rooms. Leamington Spa also has one of the finest local shopping centres. The Parade (Leamington Spa’s high street) also includes several high street shops and department stores. The side-streets from The Parade feature plenty of specialist shops, gift stores, and art shops along with many well known restaurants and lovely cafés to kick back and relax in.


ikea coventry

2 Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ


B4 Home to some of the city’s most exciting retailers, cafés and restaurants, offering something that will appeal to everyone, within a modern, clean and relaxing environment. With famous franchises and brands, independent units, unique products and fashionable outlets, as well as bright, sophisticated and spacious surroundings, Lower Precinct is a great addition to the city centre.


Medieval Spon Street

Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BB

Spon Street shopping is home to more than 24 shops and businesses occupying a range of historic renovated medieval buildings. As long ago as the 12th century Spon Street played an important role in the prosperity of the city. Better known as ‘Medieval Spon Street’, this street contains a unique selection of quality and niche shops including hair and beauty salons, boutiques, eateries and nightclubs.


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MillenniuM Place/ Priory Place


Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD

The Parade, Royal Priors, Leamington Spa CV32 4XT

Nestled amongst the famous Millennium Place are several, smaller boutique stores surrounded by some of Coventry’s favourite attractions, including the Coventry Transport Museum. Take a look whilst you’re in the area at some of the city’s most unique and fashionable retailers offering great deals on the latest trends. With Coventry’s bus station near by, this location is a hub of activity with superb public transport links and the only location of Coventry’s Live Site big screen.

01926 450150

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON SHOPPING Spoil yourself with some retail therapy from the great selection of stores available at the Royal Priors. From high street fashion to beautiful boutiques offering bespoke designs, you are guaranteed to find that special gift. Relax in the comfort of the bright, open atriums and indulge in a little light refreshment at any of the delightful cafés.


1 Wood Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6JE

WARWICK SHOPPING The streets of Warwick are great for browsing a large selection of antique, china and gift shops. There is also a wide variety of small specialised shops located around the Market Square, Swan Street and Smith Street. Combined with its rich history and famous collections of quirky, independent retailers plus bigger branded stores, Warwick is a fantastic place to both visit and shop.


UPPER PRECINCT SHOPPING Upper Precinct, Town Centre, Coventry CV1 1DD

Shopaholics rejoice - Coventry’s upper precinct has so much on offer; big high street names, and much more besides - they’re all here. Whether you are looking for modern fashion outlets and boutiques, branded shops or small, independent traders, Coventry is the perfect spot for some serious retail therapy. The city offers many secure parking opportunities with excellent shop mobility services and easy access by car, bus or train. This area of the city is well worth a visit during your shopping trip!

Stratford District is about so much more than Shakespeare, so don’t miss out on some of the other great shopping attractions in and around the area. From big name stores to unique, individual shops, Stratford-upon-Avon has something for everyone. You’ll be spoilt for choice by the diverse array of shops, whether you’re treating yourself to something new or buying a gift for someone special, you can be sure to find it here. The town centre is compact and easily walk able.


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West Orchards shOpping centre

Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1QX

024 7623 1133 If you are looking for fashion fresh off the cat walk, quality furnishings to complete that designer look or a distinctive gift for someone special, then this is the place to start. Here you will find top store names and exclusive retailers all gathered under one roof and for a welcome break the Terrace food court. Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and Thornton’s are all on offer plus many more to tingle your retail taste buds!

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AgrA PAlAce

12 Abbey Green, Nuneaton CV11 5DR


024 7635 0515

024 7622 2213

With a contemporary surrounding, warm friendly atmosphere, helpful front of house staff and award winning cuisine it’s no surprise that Agra Palace is Nuneaton’s premier Indian restaurant. Nuneaton’s oldest established restaurant brings you an innovative selection of dishes created by award winning chefs with fresh, quality ingredients to tantalise your taste buds.


AquA Food And Mood Coventry

Akbars contemporary Indian cuisine is a fully licensed bar and restaurant. Akbars Indian Cuisine boasts a spacious, beautifully decorated dining area dressed with fresh flowers to create the perfect dining experience for that extra special meal. There are also private booths and dining areas on request. Fully air-conditioned, open 7 days a week, including bank holidays.


024 7622 9551

Quoted as one of the best designed restaurants in the area, Aqua Food and Mood is proud to provide a unique Italian and Lebanese restaurant and lounge, which emphasises healthy eating along with excellent service & ambience. The restaurant is now fully licensed with an exciting champagne & cocktail lounge on the 1st floor. East meets West with authentic flavours, and a new menu all set in beautiful surroundings.

The Art Kitchen is a chic, fine dining restaurant located in Warwick. The 72 cover restaurant offers a modern take on Thai cuisine within the stimulating environment of an ever changing art gallery. Inspired by travels through Asia and Europe, the restaurant has a lively and friendly tapas bar ambience. In warm weather, the entire front of the restaurant opens up, with private dining available.

ASK LeAmington

1A Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa CV32 5QU

01926 889006 We opened our first ASK restaurant back in 1992 with a simple ambition; to offer really good Italian food in a stylish, contemporary setting. We wanted customers to feel that they had been somewhere a bit different, somewhere just a bit special. ASK in Leamington Spa offers simple, delicious ingredients, mouth watering flavours and a full range of pastas, pizzas, meats and salads, all cooked with pride and passion. Every restaurant offers a refreshing, relaxed, modern environment, full of character and flavour.



7 Swan Street, Warwick CV34 4BJ

01926 494303

117 Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DL



7-9 The Butts (Queens Road), Earlsdon, Coventry CV1 3GJ (opposite Ramada Hotel)


Baraset Barn stratford

Pimlico Lane, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7RJ

01789 295510 Baraset Barn will provide an unforgettable dining experience. Granite, pewter and oak are used to dramatic effect within the restaurant, which comfortably seats around 100 people. The original flagstones remind diners of the barn’s 200-year history, while the on-view glass-fronted kitchen adds state of the art restaurant practices and visual appeal. The wide-ranging menu features prime steaks, classic salads and succulent seafood.

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4 Belgrade Plaza, Upper Well Street, Coventry City Centre CV1 4BF

01926 330565

024 7622 6811 Looking for that ideal venue for a party, celebration or family treat? Then look no further than this delightfully charming Italian style restaurant in Coventry, serving authentic, freshly produced food in a relaxing, warm and friendly atmosphere. With speciality pizzas, pastas and salads, as well as warm breads, dips, novel starters and sumptuous desserts. Situated in the contemporary Belgrade Plaza in Coventry city centre.



11-13 St Johns, Warwick CV34 4NE

With a combination of delicious food, fabulous wines, excellent coffee and tasty treats, Café Rouge is exquisitely placed in one of Leamington Spa’s oldest streets. With its sophisticated ambience, French dining experiences and a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a general chat with friends, business meeting or light lunch with the family, it offers an extensive menu of French classics, Steak Frites, Boeuf Bourguignon and Sole Limande to name a few.


01926 493007

China ExprEss CovEntry

1 Priory Place, Coventry city centre CV1 5SQ


6 Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW

01926 498930

The best Indian and Balti cuisine in the heart of Warwick, serving a multitude of delicious spiced dishes, sizzling starters, ultimate specials and create your own dish options. With house specials, English alternatives, a selection of fresh sides and add-ons plus the option to bring your own drinks, means this is a great night out for friends and family, nestled in the middle of old Warwick town.


Café Rouge Leamington

95-99 Regent Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4NT



Catalan is a fabulous casual dining experience offering great tapas and a delicious dinner menu, located in the heart of historic Warwick. Established in 2004, we are proud to have built up a loyal following of customers and friends over the years, who keep coming back for the friendly welcome, great food and personal service. Why not come and see what all the fuss is about for yourself?


China Red CoventRy

58 Hertford St, Coventry city centre CV1 1LB

024 7655 9988

024 7622 9333

The first China Express restaurant to open in the UK, with several highly successful chains around the world, offering a wide selection of popular oriental snacks, meals, buffet treats and traditional Asian dishes. The Coventry venue can seat up to 100 people at any one time, and provides a welcoming experience with friendly staff, modern premises and a distinct, fresh and sumptuous dining experience. China Express is located in Coventry’s contemporary Priory Place.

At China Red, we specialise in “A’ La Carte Buffet’”, that is, on a similar concept basis as an All You Can Eat Buffet. However rather than having to pick your dishes from a buffet table, which usually only caters for a selection of around 20 dishes, here at China Red, we offer you a full waiter service, menu and choice of over 50 starters and over 150 main dishes and side orders. Why not order different dishes and share between your family and friends for the ultimate dining experience?


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CoConut Lagoon

149 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HY


01926 864500

024 7655 3366

The Coconut Lagoon brings to you the truly outstanding and varied cuisines of Kerala, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh under one roof. Prepare for a most memorable journey through Southern Indian cuisine and feast yourselves on high quality food of inimitable flavour, aroma and originality in the vibrant setting of The Coconut Lagoon, a superb South Indian Restaurant.

Let your taste buds be educated in the true authentic flavours, aromas and textures of Eastern cooking. With recipes spanning nine countries there are over 120 dishes always available and freshly prepared by expert chefs. Subtle combinations of spices, flavours, traditional cooking techniques, aromatic scents and the sizzle of fresh ingredients cooked in front of you creates the perfect place to enjoy a variety of foods from around the world.





07836 769499

A unique experience awaits you in the historic town of Stratford-uponAvon. The Countess of Evesham is a popular, well established family run 70ft restaurant cruiser. Enjoy the peace, tranquility and enchanting views whilst aboard the restaurant boat cruising some of the most delightful stretches of the gently flowing River Avon. The Countess of Evesham is the ideal place to relax and wine and dine in comfortable surroundings.

Crossed KhuKris gurKha

115 Abbey Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5BX

024 7634 4488 Proudly serving Nuneaton and Bedworth since 1998, and deserved winners of several lifestyle and business awards over the past five years, Crossed Khukris provides a welcoming, family run restaurant with mouth watering food. There’s a little piece of Nepal in the flavours and presentation of the dishes with traditional meals and vegetarian specials served with a charming, warming smile.



Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YY

01789 404600



36-42 Corporation Street, Coventry City Centre CV1 1GF

Set around a converted timber yard on the River Avon waterfront Cox’s Yard hosts a family pub, English tea shop and Continental coffee shop. You’ll find it at the end of the Tramway Bridge between the Butterfly Farm and Bancroft Gardens. Cox’s Yard is also famous for its live entertainment; ranging from live stand-up comedy to travelling theatre.



The Encore Bridge Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6AB

01789 269462 Riverside pub and dining in style! Encore provides a delicious menu which changes with the seasons and is modern British, comfortably interwoven with some Mediterranean influences. It ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas and pastas with the chef’s daily specials showcasing the finest market fresh ingredients. There’s something for everyone and for all occasions too.

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Coventry Transport Museum, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD

024 7622 3183

024 7625 7300

Established for 30 years Etna is a proudly run family restaurant inspired by Italian and Sicilian cuisine passed down from generation to generation. In keeping with true family tradition, every dish is freshly prepared using only quality ingredients. Serving delicious daily specials, fresh fish dishes, a la carte menus and hot and cold beverages.

Esquires’ menu features all the classic favourites, such as hot espressos, lattes and cappuccinos as well as delicious frozen frappes. We have a complete range of beverages to satisfy every taste, from exotic chai lattes and a selection of hot chocolate drinks, to flavoured steamed milk, to blended Italian milkshakes and freshly prepared real fruit smoothies.


Five RiveRs

20-22 Victoria Terrace, Leamington Spa CV31 3AB


024 7660 4900

The inspiration behind Five Rivers is to bring something new, fresh and vibrant on to the British Indian dining scene. In order to achieve this revolution, we went back to the roots of Indian cuisine. Studying all aspects of Indian food in the different regions of India, we have created a truly authentic experience. You won’t find anywhere else that provides such a sensational dining experience.


15 Smith Street, Warwick CV34 4JA

01926 494 904 A family run Italian restaurant serving traditional, fresh food in a welcoming and tranquil atmosphere. Giovanni’s was established in Warwick over 25 years ago and has been run by the same family ever since. Many of the herbs and vegetables are homegrown and used for the benefit of the visitors to this Italian restaurant in Warwick. It is always advisable to book this popular restaurant in advance, especially at weekends. Giovanni’s are also happy to accommodate parties.

Frankie and Benny’s Coventry

Cross Point Business Park, Gielgud Way, Coventry CV2 2SZ

01926 431999



55-57 Hertford Street, Coventry CV1 1LB



With 200 restaurants nationwide, your nearest Frankie and Benny’s is never far away. With flavoursome burgers made with the finest beef, a tasty range of sandwiches, succulent BBQ ribs and the freshly made pizza cooked to order on a light and crispy base. Frankie and Benny’s is the only place to be for a relaxing, warm, family dining experience.



42 Castle Hill, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1NB

01926 852074 Situated in a picturesque bow fronted cottage opposite Kenilworth Castle, Harringtons on the Hill is the ideal place for a memorable dining experience. With the finest and freshest ingredients, prepared with the utmost care and attention and served with a friendly smile, coupled with exceptional culinary skills with the warm and friendly atmosphere of a small, almost rustic restaurant and you have Harringtons On The Hill.


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16 Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BA


024 7622 1392

01788 565756

Located in the beautifully historic Spon Street, Kakooti offers an intimate dining experience with traditional Italian cuisine. This restaurant prides itself on trading on an ethical, organic or fair trade basis to produce its fantastic range of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Your taste buds will be tingling after trying lemon sole, kiln roasted salmon or marsala.



12 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EF

LA CASA LOCO is a privately owned restaurant in the heart of the town of Rugby. It offers fine home-cooked Mexican and Cajun cuisine. Since its opening in October 1993 it has earned itself a reputation second to none in the area for serving quality food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Make LA CASA LOCO your first stop when you visit the area.


01789 264804

A stylish but cosy restaurant, Lambs’ stunning ambience is the talk of the town. This incredible building lends itself beautifully to the role it now plays. With its original features and open beamed ceilings it looks as impressive now as it must have in its sixteenth century heyday. Serving great food, great wine and a selection of real ales and beers seven days a week.

Located on the banks of the river Avon within the Swan’s Nest Hotel, our fifth Bistrot restaurant is just five minutes walk from the town centre and main attractions like the Royal Shakespeare Company. The restaurant is full of French sparkle; relaxed and elegant in its look and enjoying picturesque river views from its outside terrace, it’s become a favourite of locals, tourists and actors alike. Customers can also make their dining experience extra special by dining in private in our intimate Clopton Room.


The Clarendon House, High Street, Kenilworth CV8 1LZ

01926 515450 Join us at our beautiful new restaurant in the picturesque high street of Kenilworth. Dating back to the 1500s, the restaurant is full of charm and character, providing an inviting, welcoming and friendly atmosphere where both diners and non-diners can enjoy fine wines and our cask beers. For an incredible à la carte menu filled with fantastic fresh and seasonal seafood dishes, you need look no further than Loch Fyne.



Swan’s Nest, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LT

01789 292554


La Casa LoCo

Churchside Arcade, Little Church Street Rugby CV21 3AW


Mahir’s restaurant

G Casino, Ricoh Arena 71 Phoenix Way, Coventry CV6 6GE

0845 390 8000 Mahir’s restaurant is a company that brings a wealth of experience from the Indian catering industry and combines the true authentic nature of Indian cuisine. Our head chef has prepared dishes that have been passed down generations whilst keeping their true nature intact for our guests to experience. The restaurant also has some of the finest transport links in the country.

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Serving food from 8am Monday to Saturday from 10am Sunday Last Service 5:30pm Monday to Saturday 4pm Sunday

terrace West Orchards Coventry



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Swan Street, Warwick CV34 4BJ

024 7661 2406

01926 403 833

So many tastes so little time! Our great value family food and drinks menu features steaks to salad and the Super Horse kids menu. There’s something for everyone! Alongside the extensive main menu kids can build their own meal at Hungry Horse with our fun kids pick & mix menu. If you need a little more on your plate, try the larger meals. All kids get a free activity pack.

Serving great local food (cooked with flair and a full flavour of Britishness), a global selection of wines and beers, unrivalled cocktail creativity, unusual and original events, unrivalled service and an exquisite location, Merchants provides a sensational night or day out with family and friends. The bar-brasserie delivers quality food, drink and service that the folk of Warwickshire deserve.


NaNdo’s CoveNtry

1-6 Ribbon Factory, Coventry City Centre CV1 1FE


024 7646 6174

Whether you are eating in our restaurants with friends or family, having a boys/girls night out or getting a take-away, the very taste of our famous PERi-PERi-chicken and the warmth and pride with which we deliver it, are proof of our passion. Every chicken is grilled to order over an open flame, which also reduces fat content, and basted to your taste to control the spiciness.

Fine dining is the order of the day at the award winning Oak Room Restaurant, our delightful dining room at Nailcote Hall. The food is truly exceptional and the atmosphere is both welcoming and intimate. The hotel has been termed ‘one of the most romantic hotels in England’ by the AA and the Oak Room is certainly the place for a special occasion meal.

Old Mill iNN BagiNtON

Old Mill Inn, Mill Hill, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AH


Old Orleans COventry

Skydome, Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

024 7630 2241

024 7663 1760

The Old Mill Inn is a converted watermill whose origins stretch back to the Domesday book. It is set in an attractive riverside location by the River Sowe and today it is a traditional and charming pub restaurant which also offers clean, comfortable and competitively priced accommodation with recently refurbished rooms in Baginton. With parking for over 150 cars we are ideally situated to meet your needs.

Old Orleans is a unique dining experience, offering an authentic taste of the deep south. The fantastic culinary heritage of Louisiana and the South is reflected in our food and drink menus and our décor is inspired by classic Crescent City style. Our menu features classic Louisiana and Cajun recipes such as Jambalaya and Gumbo as well as more well known Southern dishes. Our chefs create occasional surprises and varying menus for people to try. _Mill



Nailcote Hall, Nailcote Lane, Berkswell, Warwickshire CV7 7DE

024 7663 4992


Mount Pleasant

Hinckley Road, Walsgrave, Coventry, Warwickshire CV2 2EU

Coventry & Warwickshire Oscars LeamingtOn

39 Chandos Street, Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV32 4RL


01926 452807

01926 864567 A corner of France in the heart of Leamington Spa. Our style, the food, the atmosphere, the wine, is unashamedly French. The menu is an authentic reflection of simple French dishes from the saucisson and olive nibbles, to the award winning steak frites and a French cheese board to rival any. A warm provencale welcome by Pascal, the patron, will ensure that you will want for nothing.


Piccolino’s leamington

7-9 Spencer Street, Leamington Spa CV31 3NE

We pride ourselves on providing excellent food in a relaxed and friendly individual environment in a unique setting. Our seasonal menus have been developed by our Head Chef Chris Gregory and Executive Chef Patrick Robiquet who take great pride in creating dishes made from the finest ingredients. Our private function room and state of the art conference facility is a stylish and elegant venue ideal for wedding receptions, business meetings and private parties.


01926 422988


Petit Gourmand

101-103 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HL

Pizza ExPrEss COVENTrY

Units 3/4, Belgrade Plaza, Coventry CV1 4AJ and 10A Hay Lane, Coventry CV1 5RF

024 7655 0026 /024 7663 3156

Italian family run restaurant since 1979, serving a wide variety of pizzas and speciality dishes that will get your mouth watering in an instant. Perfect for any pizza enthusiast looking for unique flavours and a mixture of fine wine and beers.

All restaurants claim to be passionate about service, but at Pizza Express we really mean it. We only recruit ‘people people’ for our front-of-house teams and work hard to give our customers the warm welcome and attentive service they deserve. Serving delicious, freshly prepared pizzas and pastas everyday, delicacy breads, cooling drinks, sumptuous starters and nibbles, naughty desserts and an extensive wine list, it’s the perfect place to spend the odd lunch hour or two.

Pizza Hut

Lower Precinct, Coventry CV1 1DX

024 7655 5523 Over 40 years and billions of pizzas later, we like to think we know how to do GREAT FOOD! With fantastic levels of service, mouth watering dishes, free unlimited fresh salads, healthy alternatives, pastas, juicy starters and chocolate desserts, you really will be spoilt for choice in any one of our hundreds of restaurants in the UK. With a brand new look and a healthier menu, more pizzas than ever before, new alternatives, fantastic offers and perfect family feasts, Pizza Hut is number one for celebratory occasions!




Playwrights Bar

4-6 Hay Lane, Cathedral Quarter, Coventry CV1 5RF

024 7623 1441 Playwrights is an independently owned cafe bar and bistro which has been established for more than ten years. Ideally located in the heart of Coventry’s historic Cathedral Quarter, Playwrights can accommodate your every requirement from an intimate dining experience, to business lunches, after work drinks, events and private parties.


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23 Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5AA


Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB

01926 422422

01789 403449

Restaurant 23 has become renowned for its exceptional quality dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Set in the beautiful regency town of Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and located opposite the band stand at the bottom of the parade, head chef and owner Peter Knibb creates unique menus showcasing the finest seasonal and local produce which consists of classic and innovative dishes.



337 Tile Hill Lane, Tile Hill, Coventry CV4 9DU On the third floor of Royal Shakespeare Company’s newly transformed theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar supports and promotes the very best of British cooking using produce from Warwickshire, the West Midlands and around the UK. The dining room boasts stunning panoramic views of Shakespeare’s home town.


024 7642 2500

Traditional Indian cuisine with a perfect combination of cooling beers, wines and spirits. With such a sumptuous menu on offer, serving spicy starters, mouth watering and flavoursome mains and cooling desserts, our Eastern utopia will provide a relaxing, oriental experience for the discerning diner and provides a welcoming break for busy shoppers.

Rupali is a UK renowned restaurant in the heart of the Midlands, situated just on the outskirts of Coventry. Serving delicious Indian food, from spicy classics to a hint of the unusual, all set within beautiful seated interiors and clean, award winning dining spaces, creating a magical five star atmosphere. Open seven days a week 17:00 - 23:00, with advanced bookings for lunch periods also available, Rupali can cater for every requirement.

Saxon Mill WarWick

Coventry Road, Guys Cliffe, Warwick CV34 5YN

01926 492255 We know you’ll love the open plan, stylish interior, featuring open kitchen’s, stone fired ovens and log burning fires, offset by beautifully landscaped decking for alfresco dining. Our menu changes with the seasons and is modern British, comfortably interwoven with some Mediterranean influences. It ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas and pastas with the chef’s daily specials showcasing the finest market fresh ingredients.


Saffron Balti

25 Cross Cheaping, Town Centre, Coventry CV1 1HF

024 7622 2397





115 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4QZ

01926 424340 Seasons is a relaxing, family run restaurant serving up some of the finest traditional and modern cuisine in Warwickshire. Set within a fully air conditioned, spacious and light interior, Seasons offers a wealth of meat, vegetarian, salad and starter courses, all infused with sublime flavours and mouth watering sauces, spices and herbs. Easily accessible at the heart of Leamington Spa, Seasons is the perfect place for a bite to eat.

Coventry & Warwickshire TGI FrIdays CovenTry

Rugby Road, Binley Woods, Coventry CV3 2TA


0844 692 0235

01789 297733 In addition to the highest possible quality of cuisine served, the success of our restaurants owes much to the meticulous authenticity of the total overall dining experience. With a vast array of delicious Thai dishes, magnificent Thai Buffets at lunchtimes, A La Carte Menus, a wide choice of vegetarian meals and tempting homecooked desserts, Thai Boathouse is an exceptional experience.

The first TGI store opened over 25 years ago, and remains to this day the ultimate night out for a party with friends and family. A fantastic American style dining experience, serving sumptuous, spicy, mouth wateringly tasty burgers, spare ribs, fajitas, salads, chicken sizzlers and Jack Daniel steaks, all located within a lively, buzzing, friendly and welcoming diner experience.


Thai ElEphanT

20 Regent Street, Leamington Spa CV32 5HQ


The Almanack is a modern British gastropub in the heart of Kenilworth, between Abbey Fields and the High Street. We serve high quality fresh seasonal food and great beers, wines and spirits all at pub prices. Open all day, seven days a week, serving breakfast, coffee and cake, lunch, drinks and dinner, we aim to be Kenilworth’s favourite “local”. Head chef Corin Earland dishes up seasonal menus filled with the best ingredients available.

With over 20 years of family experience in the restaurant business, the Thai Elephant restaurant of Leamington Spa always strives to provide the finest culinary experience. Using only the freshest traditional ingredients combined with our chef’s exceptional cooking skills, you can be sure that the taste of our food is always second to none.


16 Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HB

01789 262222 Food is very important to us here at The Church Street Townhouse and whether it’s a boozy lunch, an indulgent afternoon tea or a tasty bar snack we aim to serve top quality food with a smile. Our head chef, Nick Rowberry and his team have sourced the tastiest ingredients from as many local suppliers as possible to create a seasonal menu catering to all tastes.


Abbey End North, Kenilworth CV8 1QJ

01926 353637

01926 886882


Thai BoaThouse

Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS





16 New Street, Kenilworth CV8 2EZ

01926 853840 Serving a selection of fine wine and fine foods all year round, with A La Carte menus, daily specials and Sunday lunch for that extra special treat. Set in rural Kenilworth, The Cross offers outstanding cuisine, perfect for any palette, and provides a varying mix of world food and English fayre. With its broad menu of starters, mains and desserts, extra side dishes, fruity cocktails and fine wines.


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Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9QB

01788 810305 theduncowdunchurch

01926 330214

The Dun Cow in Dunchurch is a country pub and restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar. Book a table online, or make the best of the British weather by relaxing over a refreshing drink in our pretty beer garden.

The Dining Room at Mallory is a beautiful, oak panelled restaurant, boasting a number of accolades and awards for Simon Haigh’s refined cuisine, including 3 AA Rosettes. With stunning views from its terrace over the gardens and the Warwickshire countryside beyond, Mallory Court’s winning Dining Room is the region’s most celebrated restaurant.



Coventry Road, Nuneaton CV10 7PJ


024 7634 3584

The Beefeater Grill range of restaurants, owned by the well established firm of Whitbread has transformed over time into what is now predominantly a cooking platform for chargrill. This Nuneaton restaurant offers a warm, modern and stylish presentation, with low lighting and contemporary artwork. A comfortable, cosy, mainly booth layout offers guests their own space with no feeling of being hurried at any point.

The Old SmiThy PUB

Green Lane, Church Lawford, nr. Rugby Warwickshire CV23 9EF

024 7654 2333 A warm welcome awaits you at The Old Smithy. If you asked most people to draw their idyllic ‘roses round the door’ village pub, they would probably draw The Old Smithy at Church Lawford. It really is a very cosy pub and has a great atmosphere. There’s a garden and a patio area for those long summer nights and a huge log fire for those cold winter days.



10 Theatre Street, Warwick CV34 4DP

08451 200 666



The Green, Dunchurch, Rugby CV22 6NJ

Imagine an urban oasis – a Warwick town centre hotel just steps from the towns renowned Castle and much more. Inspired by its rural and unique setting, The Lazy Cow Hotel and Steak & Ale House offers comfort with creativity, service with style and function with discerning form for leisure guests and business travellers alike. We at The Lazy Cow restaurant are famous for our regional and internationally influenced dishes.


The Orange Tree

Warwick Road, Chadwick End, Warwickshire B93 0BN

01564 785364 We know you’ll love the interior, featuring open kitchen’s, stone fired ovens and log burning fires, offset by beautifully landscaped gardens for alfresco dining. The menu is simple but up-to-the-minute, with lots of comfort appeal, with homely things like pizza, steaks and pasta as well as contemporary, global touches to keep things lively.

Coventry & Warwickshire The PaPrika Club

22 Regent Street, Leamington Spa CV32 5EH


01926 499307

01926 428272

Set in the small, historic town of Warwick and situated next to the famous castle, this beautiful old building was the home of Thomas Oken in the early sixteenth century, making it around 500 years old. Today, this delightful Tudor building has been restored to its original magnificence as a traditional English tearoom. On the ground floor you will find two cosy tea rooms and our specialist shop.

Modern Bangladeshi & Indian Cuisine. Paprika Club offers a relaxed atmosphere to celebrate with you whatever the occasion. We welcome you into relaxed and comfortable surroundings tempted by an unrivalled range of authentic and imaginative fusion and traditional dishes. Our aim is to bring you the very highest standard of Bangladeshi cooking.


Turmeric Gold

166 Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BB


024 7622 6603

WILDE’S is an independent, family business which has occupied the same Regency basement since 1976. We remain true to our founding principles: good wines, with over 60 different varieties; good food, under the direction of Christophe Charpentier and his French and modern English flavours and good company, with friendly and helpful staff. A pretty simple recipe really, which creates a fantastic night out with friends and family. You can experience it for yourself between midday and midnight, Monday to Saturday.

Coventry’s most exclusive, award winning Indian restaurant. Turmeric Gold offers a taste of the exotic with recipes including specialist dishes, herbs, oils, colourings and salts to help bring out the flavour. Each dish is carefully prepared to ensure that the maximum taste is exposed. Mouth watering variety and seasonal spices create a heated night out for any diner.

Wing Wah Chinese RestauRant

583 Fletchamstead Highway, Coventry CV4 9EL

024 7669 1818

Wing Wah offers genuine, authentic flavours of China and the Far East Asian territories with masterful dishes and flavoursome buffet banquets. Excelling in high catering service, cleanliness, delicious food and friendly staff, Wing Wah is a good value for money experience. With an all you can eat buffet serving hundreds of different dishes; from chicken and noodles, shredded beef, crispy duck and seaweed.


7 Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4DG

01926 336 732



20 Castle Street, Warwick CV34 4BP





The Old Iron Yard, 64-66 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SD

01926 490448 Commended award winner in 2007 within the Best Café/Tearoom category at the Coventry & Warwickshire Food and Drink Awards. The building dates from the 16th century, with many original features. Sit in the kitchen with the original range and water pump, or the parlour with the original fireplace. Serving delicious hand made cakes and cream teas, to sumptuous light lunches and delightful delicacies.


Warwickshire’s Warmest Welcome

County of Castles, Culture and Countryside

Our ancient county town of Warwick is nestled alongside the magnificent Warwick Castle, where you can step back in time on a big adventure and discover the area’s rich history. Explore our undulating rural countryside or the splendour of Royal Leamington Spa and don’t miss Kenilworth’s spectacular Castle ruins and Gardens.

Photographer Cheryl Doshi

Stay, relax and enjoy our hospitality in one of our Chic Hotels, Historic Inns, Quaint Bed and Breakfasts or Cosy Cottages, we have a special place for you.

Visit Art Galleries and Museums with treasures and collections that will help you to enjoy our rich history, be inspired and discover our great heritage.

Shop ‘til you drop... Royal Leamington Spa offers indoor shopping at the Royal Priors, a vast range of independent retailers throughout the town, including the exclusivity of Regency Court, alongside your favourite high street brands.

Walk or cycle along our riversides and canals, forest and towpaths, recharging your energies and invigorating you to discover more.

Kenilworth and Warwick have an array of independent and popular high street shops and weekly markets all set within walking distance of the Castles.

Discover our beautiful gardens – Elizabethan, Victorian, medieval and more, situated within the spectacular surroundings of historic architecture and within walking distance of the towns.

Eating out – Warwick and beyond has a wide range of award winning cafes, restaurants and bars waiting for you to savour, fine dining, quaint tea rooms, wholesome pub food, cafes and restaurants with menus that will give you a taste of our region.

Planning your visit Ensure a memorable stay; our knowledgeable and friendly teams are ready to help you to make the most of your visit. Our Information Centres arrange accommodation bookings and are packed full of free information about the area. A wide range of guides, maps, timetables, gifts, souvenirs, ticket sales and books are on sale. Warwick TIC specialises in Great British Heritage Passes and has an online accommodation booking service.

Contact us now to receive a copy of our latest Visitor Guide ‘Warwick and beyond’ Warwick Tourist Information Centre 01926 492212 Kenilworth Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01926 852595

Entertainment, performances and events to suit everyone’s cultural tastes from classical concerts, pantomimes, serious drama, rock concerts, food and literary festivals to live band concerts in the parks and castles there is something for all to enjoy whatever your interests. Perfection is made up of lots of things and our area is packed full of charm, character, culture, history, retail therapy, excellent selection of places to eat and drink, plus much more, this is what makes our area special, come and see for yourself ...

See you soon...

Leamington Visitor Information Centre 01926 742762

You will find Warwick and beyond an experience beyond all others, inspiring you to remember and return for more.

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Coventry & Warwickshire COVENTRY FUTURE

London 2012 is coming to Coventry... Be part of our Moment to Shine Coventry is set to take its place on the world stage as a host for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2012, the eyes of the world will be watching as Coventry becomes the first English city to stage Olympic action on the 25 July, two days before the opening ceremony in London. London 2012 provides our region with the chance to showcase our city to the world, celebrating our vast sporting and cultural heritage and promoting our world-class, iconic tourism attractions. As well as hosting 12 games of Olympic football, welcoming the Olympic Torch Relay to the city, showcasing events on our new, interactive big screen in the city centre, the local community will also be taking part through staging their own 2012 inspired Community Games, generating huge pride in Coventry and this once in a life time opportunity. To kick start the ongoing regeneration of the city centre, 2012 will also see a multimillion pound revamp of the historic heart of the city with Broadgate, the central setting for our historic Lady Godiva statue, and other key central areas improved. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, this will not only create a wonderful city for when the eyes of the world are focussed on Coventry, but leave a lasting legacy for its people. Next year will also see our wonderful Cathedral celebrate its Golden Jubilee, a landmark year recognising 50 years of


service to the city of Coventry. As part of the Cultural Olympiad, the Golden Jubilee will be a celebration of the cathedral as a centre of cultural and creative excellence for Coventry and the nation, with a dynamic artistic programme of events. There will also be exhibitions on the extraordinary art and artists that created this modern architectural masterpiece, on 20th century cathedrals in Great Britain and on the role of Peace and Reconciliation in the Olympics which is very apt given Coventry’s worldwide reputation as such a city. The Cathedral will be one of many venues, organisations and communities within the Coventry, and wider Warwickshire area, who will be showcasing their talent and venues to visitors not only during 2012 but beyond to encourage people to revisit the region in future years as well. In July 2012, one such project, Godiva Awakes, a 21st century Lady Godiva will awake to a spectacular performance involving dancers, actors, aerialists, musicians, pyrotechnicians, carnivalists and 220 young people in a procession marking the unveiling of this Godiva for the modern age. Powered by 50 cyclists, Godiva will then journey to London to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 2012 provides a wonderful opportunity to build on the unique qualities of Coventry people, their warmth, friendliness, sense of community and a passion for sport, so visitors receive the best possible experience when coming to the city.

We look forward to welcoming you to Coventry during 2012 and beyond and you’ll see that being ‘Sent to Coventry’ is a rewarding experience. To keep up-to-date on how Coventry is engaging and involved in London 2012 please visit :

Coventry & Warwickshire NIGHTLIFE



Coventry & Warwickshire NIGHTLIFE


1450 Café Bar

21 Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BA


024 7622 9274

024 7623 9306

Formerly known as Dogma, Baby Buddha in the Priory Place complex opposite Pool Meadow bus station is newly refurbished and offers the very best freshly prepared, locally sourced food served daily, fine wines, cocktails and a fantastic selection of beers.

1450 Cafe Bar is situated on medieval Spon Street in Coventry‘s city centre, ideally located near the Skydome, with access to all the city’s amenities and just a short walk from the Belgrade Theatre. This superb nightlife spot invites you to savour a la carte dishes along with beers and wines from all over the world. Stop by for a drink after work, a pre-theatre meal, or join us for an evening meal and drinks, sit back and relax.


Bank sTREET BaR anD REsTaURanT

D4 Browns is a family owned and run bar with a laid back, bohemian atmosphere. There is an extensive range of meat, fish, poultry and vegetarian meals on offer at Browns with at least three vegan options a day. Meals are prepared in house using fresh ingredients. The menu at Browns is constantly changing although there are a few favourites always available. At 21:00 the lights go down and the weekend springs into life. Browns takes you on a journey through hip hop, americana, indie, breakbeat, indietronica and many more!

01788 536317 Bank Street bar and restaurant is the site of a former run-down old cinema in the 1920s, re-invented and transformed, into a unique eating, drinking and live entertainment venue. During the day, we serve the best fresh food from an extensive and diverse menu, designed to cater to all tastes and needs. By night, the Bank is the best venue for quality live entertainment.


Common Lane, Corley Moor, Coventry CV7 8AQ

01676 540241 If you’re looking for a small and quaint village pub, set in the heart of the countryside, but easily accessible and serving great quality food at reasonable prices, then look no further. The Bull & Butcher in Corley Moor offer a delightful range of home cooked meals and speciality dishes fresh from the kitchen. Set in an old country farmhouse, with antique hangings, ornaments and picture covered walls, as well as an oak bar, plenty of drafts, beers and spirits; it’s a great night out for family and friends.


Browns Café Bar

Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RU

024 7622 1100

12 Bank Street, Rugby CV21 2QE



Priory Place, Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5RZ


Carey’s NightClub

Hertford Place, Coventry CV1 3JZ

024 7622 7397 Carey’s is one of Coventry’s premier nightclubs proving hugely popular with everyone from fresh faced students to the children of the 80s. Enjoy great live bands each and every Friday and Saturday night, with great people, in comfortable surroundings. The bands are personally sourced from all over the Midlands and are exclusive to Carey’s in the city. Without a doubt, this venue has always set the tone for clubbing in Coventry; there is something for everyone ranging from regular comedy nights, student nights, 80s nights and big weekenders!

Coventry & Warwickshire CAZBAR GENTLEMAN’S CLUB

7-9 Union Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QT


01789 290050

01827 713080 Cas Carrington, the pioneer of central England’s most glamorous entertainment introduces a gentlemen’s club unlike any other, in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Our restaurant serves sumptuous tapas daily from 18:00 until late, ideal for a quick afternoon bite, relaxing dinner, or even a cheeky midnight feast! Then, from 21:00 daily, Cazbar showcases the ultimate in adult entertainment. Perfect for a boys’ night out, corporate entertaining or stag parties, you will be treated like VIPs.


Club Heat

7 City Arcade, Coventry CV1 3HX Church End Brewery started life in an old coffin workshop behind the Griffin Inn, Shustoke, Warwickshire. Its goal was to be a ‘hands on’ craft brewery making a wide range of cask conditioned beers. The brewery philosophy only allows the use of good quality raw materials , such as floor malted barley and whole hops; definitely no processed sugars! Continuing to serve the very best produce in the region, as well as fresh, local foods such as cheeses and meats, this is a delightful little brewery in the heart of an industrial town.


024 7622 7751 Cox’s Yard serves as a superb entertainment complex in the very centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, offering live music, theatre, business meetings and conferences, food, drink and shopping. Entertainment is offered throughout the week at Cox’s Yard. The Attic theatre provides workshops and performs plays for young children. Relaxing jazz and acoustic sounds will be played “live” regularly at the Riverside Patio.

Coventry’s only gentleman’s club promises two floors of scorching excitement and offers visitors the very best in adult entertainment. With a relaxing, chilled out atmosphere, surrounded by stunning dancers, Club Heat is the only place to visit for a sizzling hot night out. The ground floor lounge area offers waitress service, dancing entertainment, one to one dance facilities, VIP rooms and stage shows.

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18 High Street, Coventry CV1 5RE

024 7643 3990 This Lloyd’s No.1 pub takes its name from Leofric, Earl of Mercia, who founded St Mary’s Priory, Coventry’s first Cathedral. A larger-than-life statue of Leofric and his wife, Countess Godiva, can be seen above the main entrance to the council house, just opposite the pub. The Wetherspoon brand has established itself at the forefront of outstanding value for money, offering customers a huge selection of beers, wines and sprits and exceptionally low prices.


Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6YY

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EdEn Bar

1 – 3 Ryley Street, Coventry CV1 4AJ

024 7655 1234 This stylish and relaxing café bar offers a great range of wine, spirits, cocktails, continental beers and champagnes. The café bar still features the original open fire places, oak beams and wooden floors, with comfortable seating and a relaxing atmosphere. With live music on weekends, and a tapas menu offering sumptuous food freshly cooked, served until 22:00 during weekends, Eden Bar is truly a classic place to spend an evening’s entertainment.


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Flying Standard Coventry


024 7625 6769

2-10 Trinity Street, Coventry CV1 1FL

024 7655 5723

The Gatehouse Tavern, in the heart of Coventry, is a traditional family pub, with the best beer garden in the city. Come to the Gatehouse for a drink from the wide selection of beers and ciders and why not try out the delicious hot meals from the extensive traditional pub menu? Inside the air conditioned pub you will find two televisions and a massive six foot screen showing all the major sporting events from rugby to speedway. The lush green garden with its retractable awning, is the perfect haven to spend the afternoon and evening. The name of this Wetherspoon pub recalls the fondly remembered motor car, part of the range of models made in Coventry, from 1903 until the 1960s. Standard’s first car, the Motor Victoria, was built by Reginald Maudslay, in Much Park Street, in 1903. The ‘Flying Standard’ was launched in 1936. This popular pub is always busy and has a great selection of international beers, a comprehensive food menu and fantastic offers.


Golden Cross Coventry

Hay Lane, Coventry CV1 5RF


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InspIre Café Bar

Christchurch Spire, New Union Street, Coventry CV1 2PS

024 7655 3355 This stunning city centre venue prides itself on its wide range of continental and rare beers, housed within a bohemian, laid back stone walled church spire. Coventry’s Inspire Cafe Bar has been recently recognised in the Independent newspaper’s Top 50 Bars for 2011 alongside a host of the UK’s most exclusive venues. Inspire, which has leased Christ Church Spire from Coventry City Council for ten years, came 28th on the list.



Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BA

07849 089 293

The Golden Cross is one of the oldest pubs in Coventry and one of the longest alcohol-serving venues in England. Built around 1583, the Golden Cross is located in Hay Lane, near the Cathedral and is one of the oldest surviving medieval timber framed buildings in Coventry. The pub hosts regular gigs featuring some of the best local bands from Coventry and Warwickshire. Many of the gigs that take place at the Cross have free entry, so they draw decent crowds. This makes it an ideal place to play for young up and coming bands.


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46 Hill St, Coventry CV1 4AN

Iglu Nightclub is one of the latest trendy, hip and happening nightclubs in town, with a mixture of music played throughout the night provided by top DJs from around the West Midlands. Iglu provides two bar areas, upstairs balcony and downstairs smoking/ outside seating area. Each night has varied drinks offers and a variety of music played through one of the best sounds systems provided by any club/ bar in Coventry!


JJ’s Coventry

Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

024 7655 5913 JJ’s is a multi regional award winning club, good fun with a fabulous atmosphere and numerous chances to embarrass yourself by dancing or singing along with the events which regularly take place. Throughout the week JJ’s misbehave with games on stage, and create that party atmosphere for you until the early hours. JJ’s is the ultimate party experience! Open five nights a week with each night bringing something totally different.

Coventry & Warwickshire Kasbah

Primrose Hill Street, Coventry CV1 5LY


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The Litten Tree is renowned for being an expert chameleon pub. During the day, the Litten Tree acts as a bar and restaurant, selling a large variety of food, from all day breakfasts to pasta dishes and has something to suit all tastes! Come nightfall, the Litten Tree becomes a popular hotspot where many a social drinker venture and dance the night away with friends. The array of plasma screen televisions ensures that if you’re at the bar, sat down or in the beer garden, you won’t miss out on the current sports event.

After well over a decade of providing the best and most exciting club nights and best live music acts from all over the globe, the Kasbah has cemented itself as one the best independent nightclubs in the UK. Having played host to the hottest new acts from around the world to current number one selling artists which include the Klaxons, Calvin Harris, La Roux, Arctic Monkeys, N-Dubz, Babyshambles and many, many more, there is always something on offer to suit everyone’s music taste!



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Priory Place, Coventry CV1 5SQ

Litten tree

1 Warwick Row, Coventry CV1 1EX


Oak Inn

119 Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DL

024 7655 5557

024 7699 7427

Manhattan style nightlife comes to Coventry! An elegant, decadent space with real hipster appeal, this stylish lounge with bespoke French armchairs and crystal chandeliers merges late night sophistication with current and trend breaking entertainment. Offering cocktails to die for and oven baked pizzas, Maison Bar is chilled by day and buzzing by night! Winning the ‘Best Bar’ award at the regions prestigious, ‘Godiva Awards’ in 2010, Maison Bar continues to go from strength to strength offering Coventry party goers a superb space to dance, mingle and have fun with friends.

Records suggest that The Oak Inn has existed on this site since around 1800. Renovations which we carried out in 1995 revealed remains of a medieval timber framed building, with sandstone cellars and paving leading to the yard which dated back to the mid 14th century. This is around the time that the adjoining White Friars Monastery was built. Below the paving in the yard there is further evidence of 12th century occupation of the site. Open until 03:00 and with a large heated outdoor area for you to enjoy.

Old Windmill

22-23 Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BA


Phoenix PUB

122 Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DL

024 7625 2183

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One of the oldest pubs in Coventry, at the heart of medieval Spon Street; the original bar has been converted into a small snug room. A room at the back known as the brew house still retains the old brewing vessel as a main feature. The flagstone floor between the bar and the toilets is all that remains of an old courtyard. The Old Windmill serves food seven days a week from 12:00 - 14:30 with a traditional roast dinner being served on a Sunday.

If you’re looking for a pub in Coventry to chill out with friends and enjoy some fantastic, alternative music then The Phoenix is the place to go. Offering great pub food, a selection of beers, wines and spirits and a pool table, this laid back and welcoming venue has it all. As part of the ‘Scream’ chain, The Phoenix is a very student orientated venue with weekly promotional offers taking place, an upstairs bar and a dance floor.


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Red Lion HunningHam

Main Street, Hunningham, Leamington Spa CV33 9DY


Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DL

01926 632715

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Rosie Malone’s is the official pre-club bar for the popular Kasbah. This great venue offers a reward card system to customers which gives them free entry to the Kasbah on regular club nights. There are often live bands and artists performing, many of which are local to Coventry and Warwickshire. The downstairs cellar has a capacity of 200 and is the perfect place to start your night out in Coventry. The bar serves good food and snacks throughout the day and has regular drinks promotions and offers.

The Red Lion is a lovely country pub in rural Warwickshire between Leamington, Rugby and Coventry. It’s light and airy with stunning views of green pastures and local farmland and a flowing riverside backdrop. Serving locally sourced food, cooked simply and honestly with around fifty wines on offer, most of which are available by the glass, well kept cask ales and over 30 single malts.



Old Fire Station, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JA


07875 348358


9 Tavistock Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5PJ

01926 422223 Having just been nominated in this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, the refit of Royal Leamington Spa’s infamous Smack nightclub has already caused as much of a stir as the name change, but attracts several high quality bands and artists including Chase & Status, Pendulum and Bombay Bicycle Club. Looking for a nightclub that offers something different, try SMACK.


ScholarS Nightclub

147 Far Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DY

024 7663 3101 A number of factors need to be considered as to why Scholars boasts such a strong regular client base. The intimate atmosphere, friendly door staff (voted Coventry’s friendliest doormen), regular drink promotions and discounted entry for students, are all possible answers. A place to party with a variety of alcohol and with the dance floor pulsing to indie classics from the Stone Roses to the Stereophonics with a bit of Abba and the like thrown in for good measure.

Brand new Coventry nightclub, ‘S7VEN’ is destined to set pulses racing with its great venue, great music and a great atmosphere. Located right next to Coventry’s busy bus station in the bustling Millennium Place, this fantastic new club is well worth checking out. Not far from other great nightlife spots like Coventry’s Kasbah and Baby Buddha, you’ll be well connected for a great night out with friends here.


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The SkyDome, Coventry CV1 3AZ

024 7662 7300 Coventry’s latest Wetherspoon’s addition comes in the form of the Spongate, based at the lively and active SkyDome in Coventry city centre. Described as the ultimate party venue, bargain booze and great music all adds to the exciting nature of this great bar. The Spongate is a relaxed and comfortable pub by day before transforming into a lively and exciting club by night so whether you’re looking for a tasty pub lunch, a glass of wine or a place to hang out with your friends, this place has it all.

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Abbey End North, Kenilworth CV8 1QJ


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The Almanack is a modern British gastropub in the heart of Kenilworth, serving high quality fresh seasonal food, great beers, wines and spirits all at pub prices. The look may be fresh but the service is old-fashioned. Described as ‘hip, elegant but surprisingly down to earth’, the Almanack offers a comfortable bar and lounge furnished with vintage armchairs and sofas.



7 Little Park Street, Coventry CV1 2UR

The Assembly is a stunning, art-deco, multi-function venue in the heart of Leamington Spa. It opened its doors in the summer of 2008 after a multi-million pound redevelopment designed by Lawrence LlewellynBowen. The venue won the highly coveted Music Week Award for ‘Best Live Music Venue’ in 2010 after winning the award for ‘Best Live Entertainment Venue’ at the 2009 Godiva Awards.


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Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3NF


Sutton Stop, Longford, Coventry CV6 6DF

024 7636 3046

The Castle is a genuine pub with an emphasis on first class service standards to match the high quality surroundings. Sumptuous leather seating and mellow colour schemes all combine to make an authentic pub experience. An award-winning menu complemented by an extensive range of beers and specially selected wine make a visit even more worthwhile. At night The Castle becomes the ideal spot for an after work wind down, a meal with friends and family or simply to have a great night out.

The Greyhound Inn is a very traditional canal side venue dating from early 1800s, it is packed full of character, warmth and friendliness which is probably why its been voted best Pub in Coventry & Warwickshire four times and is currently the Local CAMRA branch pub of the Year. Our Focus is on maintaining high standards in everything we do especially with regards to customer care and the quality of our freshly prepared food and various drinks and beverages on offer.


61 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1HN

01926 779 473 The Kenilworth is an 11 bedroom boutique hotel and cocktail lounge where guests are able to discover a uniquely luxurious experience. A throw-back to the classic era of Martinis before dinner and service tableside, The Kenilworth has scooped numerous awards for outstanding contribution to the bar trade. Using premium liquors and the freshest ingredients, you will be truly wowed by this stunning venue, perfect for a sophisticated evening out in Warwickshire.





Church Road, Shilton, Coventry, West Midlands CV7 9HX

024 7661 2607 If you’re looking for a friendly, professionally run, clean and pleasant country pub serving the very best local flavours, home cooked meats, steaks and fish dishes, then look no more. The Shilton Arms is one of Coventry’s best kept secrets, although it has a very strong following of loyal customers. With a diverse and extensive menu serving some of the finest meals in town, not to mention a fantastic choice of beers and wines you will have no excuse not to discover its hidden delights.


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THE SquirrEl


Greyfriars Lane, Coventry CV1 2GY

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The Squirrel is the only one of its kind within the city centre of Coventry. With stylish decor and new arrangement, The Squirrel is now somewhere to relax and wine and dine whatever day of the week. With a new look food and wine menu that’s ever evolving, be sure to try the new creations and specials. The suntrap outside area to the front and rear of the pub is comfortable and heated whatever the weather and is complimented with colour and greenery.

Formerly known as the Glasshouse in the Bull Yard shopping area of Coventry city centre, this newly refurbished bar continues to provide a relaxing, chilled out outdoor and indoor location right at the heart of the city, with cooling beers and drafts, sprits and assortment of wines and hot drinks.

Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1PB



11-12 Bull Yard, Town Centre, Coventry CV1 1LH

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0871 951 1000

Bond Street, Coventry CV1 4AH

This large and friendly city centre pub is renowned for its great food and comfortable atmosphere. Serving as a great stop off point on your way to the popular SkyDome Arena, this great venue is perfect for catching up with friends whilst being easily accessible by train, bus or car. Located right next to Ikea and popular shopping precincts, the Town Crier is a great place to be.

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Whitefriars Old ale hOuse COventry

114-115 Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DL

024 7625 1655 Whitefriars is a real ale pub in the centre of Coventry serving a wide selection of ales, bitters, continental lagers, wines and soft drinks. Pub food is available at lunchtimes throughout the week (11:00 - 15:00) and on Sundays a traditional roast lunch is available. In the winter months there is a real fire and in summer you can use the beer garden – one of the few in the city centre. This great venue is located in the centre of Coventry on Gosford Street, surrounded by Coventry University.


C4 Escape from the hustle and bustle of Coventry city centre into a haven of good old fashioned charm, genuine, caring service, excellent real ales and possibly the best pub food in town! Tucked away in Bond Street, the Town Wall Tavern is located in close proximity to the Belgrade Theatre and the SkyDome Arena. One of the pubs key attractions is its unique ‘Snug’ or ‘Donkey Box’ which is reputedly the smallest room with its own servery in Britain, definitely standing room only!



7, The Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4DG

01926 336732 Wilde’s is an independent, family business which has occupied the same Regency basement since 1976. Wherever possible, staff deal with like-minded, local suppliers who share their determination to provide good food; and go out of their way to source free-range and organic produce. The seasonal à la carte menu is complemented and supplemented by daily specials, which change frequently according to market availability.

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Relax and unwind in Coventry and Warwickshire Over the next thirteen pages, we provide an outstanding array of superb quality hotel, guest house and self catering venues perfect for your stay. With stately homes, manors and mansions, regal castles and country estates; farmland and citylife apartments, budget hotels in central locations and big name chains we have it covered. All accommodation is listed with a handy map reference icon for ease of use, enabling you to find where the property is in question, whether that is Coventry, Warwick, Stratford or surrounding areas. See pages 76 and 77 for details.

Grading made easy All of the accommodation listed in this guide has been assessed by one or both of the national assessment bodies, AA or Visit Britain. Each scheme awards stars (1-5) to give a clear indication of the accommodation standard, taking into account the cleanliness, ambience, hospitality, service and food. The ratings provide visitors with the reassurance they need to help them choose their accommodation. Generally, the more stars, the higher the quality of accommodation.


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One Star – Simple and comfortable with no frills Two Stars – Well presented and well run Three Stars – Good level of quality and comfort Four Stars – Excellent standards throughout Five Stars – Exceptional degree of luxury

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Nailcote Hall

Nailcote Lane, Berkswell, Nr Coventry CV7 7DE

024 7646 6174 Nailcote Hall is a small English stately home, built in 1640 just before the start of the English Civil War. Offering a range of forty luxury rooms and suites which are all beautifully decorated in keeping with the old English charm of the 17th century building, many enjoy


breathtaking views of the gardens and woodland on the estate, and are named to reflect their individual décor. ‘Mulberry’, ‘Magnolia’, ‘Holly’ and ‘Cherry’ are among the rooms available. We offer a four poster in the ‘Baswich Suite’. Our family room accommodates up to four people, with two rooms joined by a connecting door.


Coombe Abbey Hotel

Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB

024 7645 0450 Originally a 12th century Cistercian Abbey nestling in England’s historic heartland in Warwickshire, Coombe Abbey Hotel has been restored to its former glory, set within 500 acres of breathtaking parkland. We invite you to experience Coombe Abbey



Ramada Hotel and SuiteS

The Butts, Earlsdon, Coventry CV1 3GG

024 7623 8110 With great panoramic views of Coventry and Warwickshire and 166 contemporary bedrooms including 44 one bedroom apartment suites, Ramada is the perfect hotel destination. Featuring on-site Stresa Italian

Restaurant and Deli Bar open to the public and hotel residents for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Private dinner options for celebrations and client events are available. 250 secure covered car parking spaces on site and right on our doorstep we have historic Coventry city centre, Coventry Rail Station, Central Six Retail Park, Ikea, Coventry Transport Museum and West Orchards Shopping Mall. And within easy travelling distance the Ricoh Arena, Warwick Castle, Birmingham Airport and Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC).


Hotel, a unique and inspirational venue; perfect for weddings, as a conference venue, corporate seminars, an impressive venue for celebrations, dining and leisure breaks to discover the Midlands. Each of our bedrooms is filled with historical artifacts and special touches, where you may even find a bathroom hidden behind a bookcase. We have 119 rooms, including feature and grand feature rooms. Our crown rooms are elegantly designed and very comfortable, or you can treat yourself with one of our feature rooms, many of which have four poster beds.


Ansty, nr Coventry, Warwickshire CV7 9HZ

0844 879 9031 Award-winning customer service and Georgian period surroundings await you at the four-star Macdonald Ansty Hall Hotel in Warwickshire. Set next to idyllic farmland and thatched cottages, this is an oasis of peace close to major

motorways and airport links. Join us in Shakespeare Country for gourmet food and drink, luxurious accommodation and superb meeting and events venues. Hold a truly romantic wedding near Coventry in an authentic English country house setting. Relax in eight acres of landscaped gardens, presided over by our centuries-old cedar tree, against the backdrop of Ansty’s parish church. Our secluded setting makes Ansty the perfect base for teams and performers appearing at the nearby Ricoh Arena.


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THE Royal CouRT

Tamworth Road, Keresley, Coventry CV7 8JG

024 7633 4171 The Royal Court Hotel is a 211-bedroom property, approximately three miles north of Coventry city centre. The original manor house, built in 1894 by the car manufacturer William Hillman, has been added to over the past century to become the largest hotel

in Coventry. The Royal Court is ideally located in the centre of the country. With major road and rail connections on the doorstep, guests will find it easy to travel to. Birmingham International Airport is situated just 10 miles away so international guests can easily access the area. The Birmingham NEC, the ICC, Symphony Hall and National Indoor Arena are also within easy reach. The Royal Court Hotel has established itself as one of the premier conference venues of the Midlands and our team of dedicated Conference & Banqueting


Holiday inn M6 Junction 2

Hinckley Road, Walsgrave, Coventry CV2 2HP

0871 942 9021 Choose the welcoming Holiday Inn Coventry M6, Jct. 2 hotel, with a dedicated conference centre and good transport links. Holiday Inn Coventry is 15 minutes’ drive


Account Managers will look to create a package that leaves no detail overlooked, ensuring that your function will be a success. For meetings you may plan in Coventry for two to 600 persons, the Royal Court Hotel offers attractive and pleasant surroundings and a first rate central location. At 550sqm the Britannia Suite is one of the largest in Coventry. It divides into four and offers great flexibility should your conference fluctuate in size.

For small business meetings the hotel offers five smaller rooms varying in size from 1-1 interviews to 100 people. Our Leisure Club has an 18 metre heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, sun showers and a gymnasium. Spindles’ Beauty Salon also offers a wide selection of beauty treatments. There are two relaxing bars, each ideal for meeting colleagues, enjoying a pre dinner cocktail overlooking the pool, or an after-dinner liqueur in the refined surroundings of the restaurant bar overlooking the lawns.


from Birmingham Airport. Holiday Inn Coventry is located beside the Walsgrave Triangle business park, and you can get to meetings at Ansty and Middlemarch business parks in 10 minutes. You’re 15 minutes’ drive from your events at the Ricoh Arena and Birmingham NEC. Let yourself unwind in Holiday Inn Coventry’s Spirit Health Club, with an indoor pool, mini-gym and sauna. Tuck into hot breakfasts in the cosy Traders Restaurant, and order meals using the 24-hour room service.

Novotel CoveNtry M6 JuNCtioN 3

Wilson’s Lane, Longford, Coventry CV6 6HL

024 7636 5000

Novotel Coventry M6 J3 hotel is a 3-star hotel, 10 minutes by car from Coventry city centre. Your hotel booking puts you within easy access of the M6 and the Ricoh Arena.

The hotel has 98 contemporary guest rooms, each with wireless internet and TVs; spacious, contemporary in design, and adaptable, the Novotel room is truly a place for living, perfect for all your needs. Elements Restaurant serves international favourites, while the bar has a relaxing atmosphere. There are eight fully-equipped meeting rooms, able to accommodate up to 200 guests, perfect for presentations or weddings. The Warwick suite welcomes up to 200 guests in a theatre style. The hotel is less than 1 km from the Ricoh Arena, and just 9 km from Coventry railway station.

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Quality Hotel

Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9BA

024 7640 3835 The Quality Hotel Coventry is situated in a peaceful, rural district on the cusp of Coventry city centre. The hotel’s location is convenient for Birmingham International Airport, the NEC and of course, central Coventry. The Quality Hotel Coventry is a hotel known for its


warm welcome and superior customer care. A member of staff is present at reception 24 hours a day, ready to offer local information or assist with your enquiries. The 80 guest rooms at Quality Hotel Coventry are a mixture of classic comfort and contemporary style. All rooms are en-suite with complimentary hot drinks and Wi-Fi internet access provided for your convenience. Guests can choose to dine in the elegant Regency Dining Room or the laid-back Bistro 55 which serves great food and has a well-stocked bar.


IbIs Coventry Centre

Mile Lane, Coventry CV1 2LN

024 7625 0500 Ibis Coventry Centre hotel is a budget hotel located in the centre of Coventry. Book the hotel to be minutes from the shopping and nightlife of central Coventry and a five minute walk from Coventry railway station.



IbIs Coventry south

Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry CV3 4LF

024 7663 9922 Ibis Coventry South hotel is a budget hotel located to the south of Coventry city centre. The hotel is situated in Whitley Village, next to the Jaguar Engineering Centre and has good transport links into the city centre.

The 51 modern guest rooms all have wireless internet, TVs and are situated across from the main reception area. You can enjoy breakfast or a light meal at the café, or a nightcap in the friendly bar. Snacks are served 24/7. The meeting room can welcome up to 20 guests, and has audio-visual equipment. There is ample free parking.


The hotel has 89 contemporary guest bedrooms and each has wireless internet access, multimedia package, air cooling and satellite TV. The café has a menu of light meals and snacks while the bar offers guests a range of wines, beers and spirits. There is an ample amount of private onsite car parking.


Belgrade Plaza, Bond Street, Coventry CV1 4AH

024 7623 7060

Coventry city centre Premier Inn has everything you’d expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room, tea and coffee facilities and an integrated restaurant serving a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes. We are in walking distance to all the shops and local attractions. We have a chargeable car park on our complex.


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Rugby Road, Binley Woods, Coventry CV3 2TA

024 7663 6585 Ideally situated for both business and leisure guests. For business this hotel is near to Binley Business Park and Binley Industrial Estate and for leisure this hotel is just 10 miles from


Warwick Castle and Stoneleigh Park is just six miles away. The hotel is also close to shops and local amenities, Coventry city centre is only four miles away and Birmingham Airport and NEC is just a 20 minute drive away. Coventry (Binley/A46) Premier Inn has everything you’d expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room at great rates and an onsite restaurant TGI Fridays.

Ricoh Arena, 71 Phoenix Way, Coventry CV6 6GE

0844 873 6500 ricoh-arena With 80 en-suite rooms including 46 with views of the pitch, TV with Sky channels, hair dryer, WiFi and tea and coffee tray plus 54 meeting rooms


Dolomite Avenue, Coventry Business Park, Coventry CV4 9GZ

024 7671 9000 Welcome to a new kind of hotel where cutting-edge style meets everyday affordability. VILLAGE has 25 hotels across the UK – with relaxing bedrooms, state-of-the-art health and fitness clubs,

and buzzing bars and restaurants. You’ll find nifty little touches like FREE WiFi, flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations*, in-room comfort cooling* plus stylish furnishings. Join us at our local Coventry hotel, where the British motor industry was born and the legendary Lady Godiva paraded completely naked through its streets. Now a multi-million pound city centre redevelopment is making England’s eighth largest city a major centre for leisure and shopping. *selected hotels only




Village Hotel and leisure Club

with the majority offering natural daylight and air conditioning and a maximum capacity of 6,000 it’s an excellent choice whether you’re here for business or for leisure. There is also a state of the art fitness suite including a dedicated youth gym for eight - 16 year olds, sauna, steam room, trim trail and G Casino, plus Singers Bar and Bistro, Internet access throughout (chargeable), LCD, plasma and audiovisual equipment and over 2000 parking places.

Britannia Coventry Hill

Rye Hill, Birmingham Road, Coventry CV5 9PH

0871 222 0094 coventry-hill The Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel is a modern hotel offering a spacious reception area, fantastic restaurant and comfortable rooms situated close to the A45 that connects Coventry and Birmingham. The Coventry Hill Hotel’s 192 en-suite bedrooms all have modern

additions including TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and tea & coffee facilities. This Coventry hotel has a bright and spacious Seasons restaurant, offering the Big Britannia Breakfast and carvery dining. Try the Windmill Bar, a smaller more informal place to have a quiet drink or two. If you are looking for Coventry city centre conference facilities then look no further. There are eight conference, meeting and banqueting rooms with first class facilities and rooms can hold from one to 120 people.

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Windmill village hotel golf and leisure club

Birmingham Road, Coventry CV5 9AL

024 7640 4040 The family managed Windmill Village Hotel is within easy reach of all the local attractions in the Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and NEC areas. Offering comfortable accommodation and top of the range facilities that you expect from luxury hotels. From bed


and breakfast, weekend breaks and fine dining to an 18 hole golf course in Coventry, you are sure to have an enjoyable stay whether for business or pleasure. Awarded Best Hotel in 2010 at the prestigious Godiva Awards, Windmill Village also offers a superb range of conference venues, providing your business with enough space and seating to accommodate large numbers of people, whether it is for a seminar or charity event looking for meeting room hire.


Hilton Coventry

Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle Coventry CV2 2ST

024 7660 3000 The hotel is located just 25 minutes drive from Birmingham Airport with excellent road links to the M1 and M40 motorways. Plan an event in one of 13 meeting rooms for two - 600, hold a function in the impressive, newly



Days Inn Corley (neC)

Welcome Break Services (Northbound), M6 Junction 3-4, Coventry CV7 8NR

01676 543800 The Days Inn hotel is located a few minutes from Birmingham Airport and from the NEC situated on the M6 at Corley Services, offering accommodation for commuters on both the M6 and the M6 Toll. The hotel offers the perfect location for travellers to and from Birmingham Airport. The

hotels location is only a few minutes drive from the NEC and Coventry’s Ricoh Arena making it ideal for exhibitors and concert goers. Local towns include Atherstone, Corley, Nuneaton and Solihull. Nearby cities include Coventry and Birmingham. Adjacent to the site is a modern service’s offering a Starbucks Coffee Shop, Burger King, KFC, Waitrose, Eat In Food Outlet and WH Smiths. Facilities include cash machine, mobile phone shop and petrol forecourt. DIGITAL Freeview flat screen TV with 60 plus channels in every room. FREE WiFi THROUGHOUT.


refurbished Minster Suite or catch up on e-mails in the business centre. All Hilton Coventry hotel rooms have high-speed internet access and Sony PlayStations. Upgrade from a Hilton Guest Room to a Deluxe Room or a Deluxe Room Plus. Sip cocktails at Hemingway’s Bar or enjoy a traditional British Sunday lunch at Voyageurs Restaurant. Enjoy the cinema and bowling alley at the nearby leisure centre, or play a round of golf at one of two nearby courses.


Broadgate, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1LZ

0871 984 6385 Offering great value quality budget hotel accommodation right in the centre of Coventry. Travelodge Coventry has 21 family rooms (sleeping up to two adults and two children under 16; or three adults) and 97 double rooms (sleeping two adults).

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, remote-control TV, tea and coffee making facilities and comfortable king sized beds. Bar Café is also available on site, serving breakfast, evening meals and drinks. Travelodge makes booking and staying easy. All Travelodge hotels have staff on site 24/7 to ensure your stay is as pleasant as can be. Bookings and payment are made in advance so check-in is quick and efficient. And when checking out, there’s no need to queue up to pay, just drop your key off and wave goodbye. It’s all designed to make your life easier.


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The Cumsey, Lye Green Road, Claverdon, Warwick CV35 8LT

01926 488000

01926 843111

Ashorne Hill is a Grade II listed country house set in 35 acres of Warwickshire countryside. The manor house has seen many phases of development and now boasts 110 double bedrooms, excellent dining and bar facilities, fitness suite, tennis courts and croquet lawn. Also a dedicated on-site conference centre; all 41 meeting rooms offer broadband connectivity, as well as WiFi wireless technology, which is available throughout the whole site.

The Ardencote Manor Hotel Country Club & Spa, combines traditional elegance and the comforts of a modern luxury hotel with the emphasis on relaxation. Why not experience the Ardencote’s lakeside building, with their natural, traditional tones and a country club atmosphere, or the modern tranquility of the courtyard building?




Alcester, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire B49 6NF Sitting in 65 acres of beautiful countryside, this country house hotel is just seven miles from Stratford-uponAvon and Warwick, and 10 minutes from the M40. Barceló Walton Hall dates back to the 14th century when the Mordaunt family built the hall as their ancestral home. Whilst the hall was lovingly restored in a contemporary style, many traditional features were retained such as crystal chandeliers, antiques and open fireplaces. A luxury country house hotel, 4 star Premium Barceló Billesley Manor Hotel is perfect for holidays and short breaks in Warwickshire. The hotel offers 72 rooms which have been styled to reflect the history and elegance of the Manor. You can dine in the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Stuart Restaurant or relax in the bar. To complement your stay, why not try the beauty rooms which offer a range of spa and beauty treatments?


Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6YT

01789 269213 The Best Western Grosvenor Hotel is a real gem and one of Stratford’s best-kept secrets! The Grosvenor is a Grade II listed Georgian building steeped in its own history and close to 180 years old, offering intimate lounges and individually decorated modern bedrooms. Fresh, local produce is paramount to the quality on offer throughout the hotel and makes the Best Western Grosvenor stand out from the crowd.



Walton, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire CV35 9HU

01789 842424

01789 279 955



Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9QW



Tamworth Lane, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5RA

01564 794551 The BEST WESTERN Henley Hotel enjoys a wonderful location at the heart of Shakespeare Country, yet only one mile from Jct 16 of the M40 and 15 minutes away from the NEC and Birmingham Airport. This good value, friendly hotel is well situated for visiting Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, Drayton Manor, Cadbury World, and the NIA – you’ll enjoy convenience, comfort and good value accommodation for the whole of your stay.



Abbots Salford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire WR11 8UT

Castle Road, Studley, Warwickshire B80 7AJ

01386 871300

01527 853111 Deep in the Warwickshire countryside set in the tranquil surroundings of its own 28-acre estate, Best Western Studley Castle is a place of great character, charm and contrasts. With over 30 years’ experience, whatever your event, the friendly, caring and professional staff are absolutely committed to ensuring that your stay will be enjoyable, fulfilling and above all truly memorable.

Tudor, yet timeless, the romantic BEST WESTERN Salford Hall Hotel is a delightful manor house that opens up the gateway to Shakespeare country and the Cotswold’s. Good food and even better company can be found in the friendly award-winning restaurant, and staff on hand will do everything possible during your break to make it an unforgettable one. From the Bard’s plays to the region’s stunning countryside, you’ll have plenty to entertain you!




16 Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6HB

The Days Hotel Coventry is the perfect location for both business and leisure guests. Situated on the main Coventry to Birmingham road, it is easily accessible from the M6, M42, M40 and A45. Located just ten minutes walk away from the historical city of Coventry; we can direct you to the famous landmarks and attractions that Coventry has to offer.

The Church Street Townhouse is located in the heart of Stratford-upon -Avon. A 400 year old Grade II Listed building and located directly opposite Shakespeare’s school, it is the perfect base to soak up the history, culture and entertainment that our wonderful town offers. The 12 luxury en-suite bedrooms offer super king sized beds, great showers, ipod docks, TV/DVD player and Wi-Fi.


J12/13 M40 Banbury Road, Ashorne, Warwickshire CV35 OAA

01926 651681 This modern hotel is on the northbound side of the M40 motorway, between junctions 12 and 13. It offers free parking, free Wi-Fi and good value en-suite rooms with power showers and Freeview TV. The Days Inn Warwick was refurbished in 2007 and has a 24-hour reception desk, modern rooms and an express check-out facility.


80–90 Holyhead Road, Coventry CV1 3AS

024 7625 8585

01789 262222







Banbury Road, Ettington, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7NZ

0118 971 4700 Ettington Chase Hotel is a beautiful property settled close to Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. Guests will be able to have lunch and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, offering extensive menus and dishes made with the freshest local produce. Ettington Chase Hotel has 25 meeting rooms and a capacity of 200 delegates. The meeting rooms are equipped with audio visual technology.


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Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8BU


0845 072 7454

01926 499555 ettington-park-hotel Just a 20 minute drive from Birmingham Airport to the modern Hilton Warwick / Stratford-upon-Avon hotel, located on junction 15 of the M40. Work out in the health club and pool or relax in the sauna. Travel two miles to Warwick attractions like Warwick Racecourse, Adventure Sports or five miles to the Golf Course.

This luxury 4-star gothic mansion hotel is set within 40 acres of lush parkland, with the River Stour running through, offering luxuriously furnished rooms, award-winning dining, and leisure facilities. Locally sourced, seasonal produce is used to provide unique, modern British cuisine. Guests at the Ettington can also make use of an indoor heated swimming pool, steam room, and sauna.



Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HA

C4 The Legacy Falcon Hotel comprises a quintessential 16th century residence featuring decorative half-timbering and original slanted windows totally encapsulating Tudor charm whilst harmonising with the contemporary bedrooms and stunning reception areas. Relax in front of real open fires during the autumn and winter or sample a traditional afternoon tea or delicious Icecream in the beautiful courtyard garden in the spring and summer.


Harbury Lane, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9QB

01926 330214 Located on the outskirts of Royal Leamington Spa in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, Mallory Court is one of the Midland’s finest luxury hotels and conference venues. A stunning manor house set in 10 acres of grounds, with accolades for the hotel itself and for the award-winning cuisine of Simon Haigh, Mallory is the epitome of a quintessential English Country House Hotel. Mallory Court Hotel is proud to have been a member of Relais & Chateaux since 1983.



Clopton Bridge, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7HP

0844 411 9005



Junction 15, M40, A429 Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE

0844 879 9138 alvestonmanor Set in the heart of Shakespeare country, and bordering the beautiful Cotswolds, the historic Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel and spa sits in peaceful private grounds just five minutes’ walk from Stratford-upon-Avon. Whether you come to Stratford on business or a family celebration, for the theatre, shopping, spa treatments or hundreds of local activities on offer, we’ll make sure you have a great time.



Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 0NR

01789 295252 The Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club in Stratford-upon-Avon stands in 157 acres of beautiful grounds. This luxury Stratford-upon-Avon hotel offers some of the finest leisure facilities in the heart of England; the outstanding 18 hole championship golf course; the all weather tennis courts and the luxurious spa, with its impressive indoor swimming pool, external vitality pool and range of thermal experience rooms and treatment rooms.



Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6ER

0121 378 2442 new-hall-hotel At 800 years old, New Hall Hotel & Spa in the West Midlands has a long history of providing discerning guests fine hospitality. This tradition continues with Hand Picked Hotels’ unique blend of modern and luxury British hospitality. Offering 60 bedrooms, set within 26 acres of elegant grounds this luxury hotel in Sutton Coldfield is widely reputed to be the oldest inhabited, moated manor house in England.

01789 294997 Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel is a 4 star hotel. Book the hotel to put yourself in the heart of Shakespeare country. Othello’s Bar and Brasserie offers a relaxing atmosphere for informal dining, while the Quill Bar and Lounge serves drinks and afternoon tea. The six fully-equipped function rooms can welcome up to 100 guests for meetings or wedding parties.



Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 0PY


01789 731173 The Belfry offers five diverse dining experiences and a luxury hotel comprising of 324 bedrooms, some with stunning views of the courses, others with picture-book panoramas of the hotel grounds. The hotel’s leisure club features state-of-the-art equipment by TECA, spa pools, a sauna and an unforgettable AquaSpa journey; or that along with world-class golf, the hotel offers squash and tennis courts and a heated swimming pool.

Feel the peace and serenity of the countryside at the Stratford Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon. Set in 21 acres of landscaped grounds, the quintessentially English scenery is there for your enjoyment, far from the madding crowds. The leisure club at Stratford Manor marries energetic workouts in the pool, gym and tennis courts with relaxing chill outs in the sauna and steam room.


High Street, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4AJ


Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B76 9PR

01675 470301



Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B76 1QX



Church Street, Barford, Warwickshire CV35 8BS

01608 661453

01926 624218

The George is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Shipston-on-Stour. With spacious refurbished rooms and free Wi-Fi, the hotel features a stylish restaurant and lounge bar. The elegant dining rooms at The George Hotel serve a creative menu using seasonal, British produce. The Lounge Bar offers casual meals, morning coffee and afternoon tea with homemade cakes.

The Glebe at Barford near Warwick, Warwickshire was built in the 1820s as a rectory to the church of St. Peter, which stands adjacent to the hotel’s grounds. The house remained private until 1948, when it was turned into a small country house hotel. The hotel consists of 39 bedrooms, conference and wedding facilities for up to 110 people, free car parking and the Glebe Leisure Club




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Barnacle Hall

Shilton Lane, Shilton, Nr Coventry CV7 9LH

024 7661 2629 A 16th century top quality farmhouse bed and breakfast offers a warm, friendly welcome. Set in a relaxing rural location just 15 minutes from Coventry city centre and within easy reach of the motorway network.


All bedrooms are spacious doubles with king, super-king or twin beds, fresh flowers and a comprehensive hospitality tray. Double en-suite rooms are available at £80 per night including breakfast. Single and family room rates on request. Discounts for stays longer than one night. Visit England 5 Star graded, Gold Award and Breakfast Award.


Ashdowns Guest house

12 Regent Street, Coventry CV1 3EP

024 7622 9280 Comfortable, family-run guest house located close to the heart of Coventry’s city centre. Clean, well maintained ensuite rooms offering all the comforts expected by visitors. Breakfast included in room charge. Own private parking for guests. All the amenities and attractions of the city centre are within ten minutes walking distance, making


BuBBenhall house

Paget’s Lane, Bubbenhall CV8 3BJ

024 7630 2409

wharrison@bubbenhallhouse. Restored hunting lodge set within four acres of gardens and woodland, tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. In addition to the beautiful woodland setting, Bubbenhall House offers

a championship surface hard tennis court and parking for plenty of vehicles. Located between Leamington Spa and Coventry, we are an ideal venue to visit Warwick, Kenilworth, NEC, Stoneleigh Park and NPIA. Please contact us for latest room rates and availability.


Ashdowns Guest House the ideal location for both business and leisure visitors. Located on Regent Street, Ashdowns is only minutes away from Coventry’s main line station, providing easy access to other major cities both in and beyond the West Midlands. Birmingham and the NEC are only 15 minutes away by train.

Ashleigh guest house

17 Park Road, Coventry CV1 2LE

024 7622 3804

Experience a warm welcome from friendly helpful staff. Well maintained and equipped en-suite guest accommodation, we are located just a short walk from the train station and Coventry’s city centre. With 10 en-suite rooms in total. Single Room Double / Twin Room Family Room

£27 - £37 £40 - £50 £45 - £60

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Bede Guest House

250 Radford Road, Radford, Coventry CV6 3BU

024 7659 7837 Bede Guest House is based near the city centre. All rooms have en-suite facilities, including TV’s and tea and coffee services. All rooms are changed on a daily basis and the guests have added peace of mind of secure parking. Bede Guest House is a quality


assured guest house having been awarded three stars. It is a clean and friendly environment with welcoming hosts. Checking in time is until 22:00. We have full compatible wireless Internet access and Freeview channels, plus CCTV for extra security. Bede Guest House is less than two miles from Coventry’s main train station, providing easy access to other major cities. Birmingham Airport and the NEC are 15 minutes away by train. Contact us for latest prices and availability.


HigHcroft guest House

65 Barras Lane, Coundon, Coventry CV1 4AQ

024 7622 8157



Cambridge Villa Hotel

20A Emscote Road, Warwick CV34 4PP

01926 491169 A well-kept Victorian house, recently refurbished with comfortable en-suite rooms. All rooms have colour TV and hot drinking facilities. Your host, Bruna and family look forward to welcoming you into their home. Choice of English, continental, vegetarian and special diet breakfasts. Home cooked evening meals available on request.

Licensed bar. Free car parking. Use of patio for guests. We also offer complimentary car service for bus/ train stations nearby. Also available is a double en-suite four poster bedroom, possibly suitable as honeymoon suite, charming décor with hand carved furniture.


Family run business with individual charm and style, offering high standard accommodation and excellent value. All the amenities and attractions of the city centre are within 10 minute walking distance, making Highcroft perfect for your stay. With easy access to the main train station and bus depot, and with Birmingham Airport and the NEC just 15 minutes away by train, we really are easily accessible. Secure onsite parking available if required.

Merlyn Guest House

105 Holyhead Road, Coundon, Coventry CV1 3AD

024 7622 2800 Merlyn Guest House in Coventry offers competitively priced, comfortable 3 star accommodation and is situated in the heart of the city. Featuring eight rooms each offering further choices of either en-suite or standard, depending on budget. A super double room with

double jacuzzi is also available. This room also features comfortable sofas and an open fireplace. A must if you like to treat yourself for any special occasion. All rooms include flat screen TV’s and Wi-Fi is present along with lots of extras to make your stay more comfortable. The Merlyn Guest House also provides an excellent breakfast service that includes three courses to set you up for the day. Within reach of the M6, M42, M1, NEC, NAC, Train Station, Ricoh Arena and Birmingham International.


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Mount Guest House

9 Coundon Road, Coventry CV1 4AR

024 7622 5998 We offer 3 star accommodation on a budget and are only a walking distance away from Coventry city centre, its historic Cathedrals, Sky Dome complex, Belgrade Plaza and shopping districts, restaurants and local pubs. Our guest house is a short


car journey to the Ricoh Arena, NAC (National Agricultural Centre) also known as The Royal Show Ground, NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Coventry Airport and Birmingham Airport. Of course we are also central to many tourist attractions such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Warwick. Our guest house also has Wi-Fi availability. Prices range from £25 up to £60.

Spire View

36 Park Road, Coventry CV1 2LD

024 7625 1602 As listed in the ‘Lonely Planet Guide’, Spire View Guest House offers a friendly welcome and international standards of service. Your hosts, Carlene and Andy, have created a clean, comfortable establishment, situated in a quiet and peaceful area,

yet within a short walk away from the centre of Coventry. Within five minutes of Coventry Train Station, travel to Birmingham Airport just 10 minutes away, London Euston in 60 minutes and Olympic venues and historic areas of interest all easily accessible. Wi-Fi is available throughout, credit cards accepted. See the regeneration of Coventry yourself, join us today.


The BaginTon oaK

Coventry Road, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AU

024 7651 8855 The Baginton Oak is a traditional village pub situated on the outskirts of Coventry, very close to Coventry Airport. AA 3 Star accredited accommodation. We offer a warm and welcoming environment with log fires, table service, traditional ales and good quality home cooked food.


Our facilities include large bar area with comfy leather sofas and wing backed chairs for drinkers, and a dining area with seating for up to 50 people. We have 13 rooms available, all with full en-suite facilities. Some rooms have disabled access and all are dog friendly. Each room also has a colour TV, clock radio, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities. We accept booking enquiries through email, however booking needs to be followed up by phone or official fax confirmation. We operate a 24 hours cancellation policy. All cards are accepted including Amex

Home from Home Accom. services 0845 472 7975

HOME-STAYS. Private House B&B’s. Self-Cater or Evening Meals. Good quality, low-cost town and country accommodation for long stays of 4+ weeks. Suitable for tourists, company trainees, people relocating or on contract work. Accommodation provided across Coventry and Warwickshire. Weekly rates: £85 - £140

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The Saddlery

Manor Farm Barns, Brooks Close, Willoughby, Rugby CV23 8BY

01788 890256 The Saddlery is a self-catering apartment in a quiet rural position on our working farm in the lovely village of Willoughby, near Rugby. Close to major road networks on the Warwickshire / Northamptonshire




borders, we are within easy reach of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa, the Cotswolds, Althorpe and Silverstone, making The Saddlery an ideal central base within the Heart of England for business or pleasure for your self-catering (holiday let) holiday. The accommodation sleeps four - six. The whole property is complemented by a pleasant courtyard/garden setting, with hay mangers and original troughs. Patio furniture and barbecue equipment are provided.


Case Lane, Mousley End, Rowington CV35 7JE

01926 484577 Charming Grade II, two bedrooms listed cottages in a classic rural setting with open views. There are several quality walks, fishing pools, canals and cycle rides nearby. Pub one mile, farm

shops are one -three miles. Exquisitely converted, exposing ancient beams and brick walls in Viola Cottage; the pretty cottages are warm, comfortable, relaxing, tastefully furnished, electrically heated and fully equipped. Colour TVs/ DVD/CD players in the lounges. Fitted kitchens, fully equipped; bathrooms with showers over the bath, WC and hand basin. Washing machine and tumble dryer available on site. Paved patios with pretty flowers, have tables, chairs, umbrellas and lawns. Secure parking. Near Warwick, Stratford-uponAvon and Coventry.


Home from Home Self Catering ServiCe

Head Office, The Old Granary, Fillongley, Nr Coventry CV7 8PB

01676 541896 Self Catering Apartments, Cottages, Barn Conversions, Granny Flats and Suites, all privately owned and fully furnished. ‘Home From Home’ provides a business booking service

for stays of 4+ weeks. Shorter stays are organised last minute. Please visit our web site for more details and pictures: EXAMPLES: Coventry: Canal Side Apartment from £215 week / three bedroom houses from £390 week / Suites from £130 per week / Nuneaton: One bedroom apartments from £148 per week / Barn Conversions in CORLEY, FILLONGLEY, BAXTERLEY, BRINKLOW, BIRDINGBURY etc.


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Coventry & Warwickshire The area of Coventry and Warwickshire is one of the most accessible locations in all of the UK. Situated right at the heart of the country, you can effortlessly arrive at any of your destinations either by car, bus, coach, plane or train. We have made it even easier by providing some very useful numbers below to fully enjoy your trip.

Travelling by car

Travelling by bus/coach

There are five major national motorway links which service this region, including the M6, M42, M40, M69 and the M1. As well as these there are also several popular A roads such as the A45, A46 and A5 serving as main arterial routes around north Warwickshire, Coventry and south Warwickshire. Looking to travel by car, then take a look at our regional map on page 77. If you’re looking for a taxi service or to hire a vehicle we have selected a few main numbers below.

National Express operates regular services to the region from across the country. Timetables and local bus services, including the popular park and ride facilities in operation for Coventry, can be found at the main bus terminal in Coventry city centre, Pool Meadow, as well as from the Tourist Information Centre at the Cathedral Tower.

National Car Rental: 024 7667 7042 Allen’s Taxis: 024 7655 5555 Central Taxis: 024 7633 3333 City Cabs: 024 7622 2222 Lewis Taxis: 024 7666 6666 Castle Cars: 01926 494 989 Warwick Taxis: 01926 429 799 Argent Taxis: 01789 294 436

Travelling by train Coventry Station is just a five minute walk from the centre of Coventry, and is served by three of the main train operators including Virgin Trains, London Midland and Cross Country Trains. There are onsite facilities including Fast Ticket machines, ATM’s, shops, cafes, free Wi-Fi and a first class departure lounge.

National Express: 0870 580 8080 Traveline: 0870 608 2608 Stagecoach: 01788 535 555 Harry Shaw: 024 7645 5544 Travel de Courcey: 024 7630 2656 Pool Meadow: 024 7655 3948

Travelling by plane Birmingham Airport is just 11 miles from Coventry city centre, it’s the closest passenger terminal in the area. With its own Air-Rail link and train station, public parking, vehicle hire facilities and onsite hotels, it’s easily accessible and can accommodate for all situations. Birmingham Airport: 0844 576 6000

Travel de Courcey


Travel Services

Rowley Drive Coventry CV3 4FG 024 7630 2656 We are committed to being the best bus and coach operator in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. We are committed to ensuring a safe, friendly and flexible service in an environmentally efficient manner, and dedicated to meeting the needs of all of our customers and employees, all year round. Travel de Courcey has the largest and most modern fleet of coaches in the Coventry area and is still a family business with family values. We intend to provide a service second to none. Safety, comfort, reliability and a high level of service are our benchmarks. We also operate over 80 buses & coaches from our purpose built depot near Coventry Airport. Book with us today and you won’t be disappointed.

National Rail Enquiries: 0845 748 4950 Virgin Trains: 08719 774 222 London Midland: 0800 092 4260 Chiltern Railways: 08456 005 165


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Coventry & Warwickshire Cycling Guide Life is so much better when you feel fit, healthy and ready to get active! Just half an hour cycling each day could make a real difference, so why not use these hints and tips to discover the wonderful network of cycle tracks in Coventry and Warwickshire? Coventry Canal Greenway

Cycling in Warwickshire

Coventry’s Canal Greenway is ideal for cycling and the National Cycle Network route 52 follows the path between Leicester Causeway and Hawkesbury Junction. As well as providing great opportunities for walking and cycling, the Greenway also offers a safe and healthy alternative to using cars for getting to work or school. The route includes numerous information panels to tell you a little about the canal’s fascinating industry, wildlife and people.

Why not venture out of the city and explore the wild and beautiful Warwickshire countryside, with numerous cycle routes available – you’ll be spoilt for choice? From Stratford District, to Southam and Kenilworth plus many more, these unique and charming locations allow you to break free of the traffic jams and get closer to nature whilst keeping fit and investigating these stunning surroundings.

If you need further information for cycling in the Coventry area please call 024 7683 1342 or e-mail

For cycle maps of Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Leamington Spa, please call 01926 412527 or visit

Advice for Cyclists · Be assertive, riding well away from the kerb, looking around and signalling before you pull off · Keep your bike in good condition; check your tyres and brakes regularly · Obey traffic and cycle signals and signs · Always use front and rear lights in darkness and poor light · It is advisable to wear a kite marked cycle helmet A map of all the National Cycle routes can be downloaded from the Sustrans website


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Nothing beats a good old fashioned walk to help you stretch your legs and discover the sights and sounds of Coventry and Warwickshire’s rural landscape, and here are some useful contacts and tips to help you get on your way. Coventry Guided Walking and Coach Tour Explore Coventry by taking part in an educational, interesting and historic guided walking tour, or a part guided coach/walking tour where there really is so much to see and experience! Tours are also available for Stratford-uponAvon, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Rugby, Birmingham, Oxford, the Cotswolds and other parts of the Heart of England. Plus conference support, meet & greet, employee familiarisation and transfers from airports. E-mail: Call: 024 7669 1212 for more information.

The Stratford Town Walk

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Make the most of your visit to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon by joining the award winning guided walk with local professional guides – 365 days a year – yes even Christmas Day! Lively, entertaining and interesting, the guided town walk is a great way to explore Stratford and discover its beauty and charm. It is wheelchair friendly and dogs are welcome!

For all the latest walks in Warwickshire and to download maps for free, all the inside information, hints and advice can be found at

E-mail: Call: 01789 292478 for more information.


Walking Tours

For a more challenging walk, Coventry Ramblers offer the perfect opportunity to explore the extensive natural beauty we have here in the region. Varying in length, all walks offer the opportunity to get out and about with others who share a passion for walking. For further information, please visit


Coventry & Warwickshire TOURIST INFORMATION

Coventry Tourist Information Centre St Michael’s Tower, Cathedral Ruins, – off Cuckoo Lane/Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN 024 7622 5616/1413

Coventry’s Tourist Information Centre is located within the city’s breathtaking Cathedral ruins and offers visitors the chance to climb the 181 steps to the top of the Cathedral Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city below. If heights aren’t your strong point, then keep your feet firmly on the floor whilst the friendly, knowledgeable and informative staff help you with any enquiry or piece of advice that you may need, along with some helpful tips on what to see and do in the area. Why not try out:

· Free accommodation booking service · Ticket sales for major events · Sightseeing trips and city maps · Gifts and souvenirs · Wide range of local, regional and national literature

Official Tour Operators Roger Bailey (Blue Badge Guided Tours) 024 7669 1212 Roger Bailey is the only regional Blue Badge and Coventry Green Badge Tourist Guide and offers guided walk and coach tours, daytime or evening. Available for 1.5 hours, half a day or a full day. An extensive range of Coventry tours include World War II, the three cathedrals, a Time Team site, links to the War of the Roses, English Civil War, Lady Godiva, George Eliot and William Shakespeare. Guided tours are also available for Stratford-uponAvon (cradle to grave), Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick and the rest of the Heart of England. Plus conference support, meet & greet and employee familiarisation.


Pru Porretta MA MBE (Godiva Associates) Godiva Associates, Spring House, Radford Road, Coventry, CV6 3BU 024 7659 8901/7051 Coventry’s official Lady Godiva, Pru Porretta MA MBE, offers a range of tailored talks and tours. She enlivens historical knowledge of Coventry with fascinating personal insight into the Godiva legend, the only woman to re-enact the ride multiple times. Pru offers Heritage and Ghost Tours, meet and greet, individual talks, educational workshops and conference support. Awarded the Queen’s Membership of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to Tourism and Community Cohesion and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Honorary MA conferred by Coventry University. Sustained Tourism Award Winner. Equity member. Qualified Faith Guide. Institute of Tour Guides Green Badge Guide.

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Coventry Coventry Cathedral was opened to the public in May 1962 and it celebrates its 50th Anniversary in May 2012. Considered the most iconic building of the 20th century, it’s the third cathedral for the city. It has so much to offer the visitor, including work by Jacob Epstein, John Piper, John Hutton and Graham Sutherland. The first Coventry Cathedral existed from the 1100s to 1539, being destroyed under the dissolution of the monastries, being attached to a Benedictine Priory. Both are visible today, with a Visitors Centre to explain the site. It was featured on the Time Team programme. Holy Trinity is one of the largest medieval churches in England. With a spire of 72 metres (237 feet) and length of 59 metres (194 feet) it is almost cathedral size. It has changed greatly through its 900 year history: practically destroyed by fire in 1257, it was rebuilt. Things to see include the 1430s Doom painting and the links to the writer George Eliot. Coventry Transport Museum is located in the birthplace of Britain’s car and cycle industry.

The city had over 300 cycle makers, 120 motorcycle makers and 130 car and commercial vehicle builders, coach makers and component manufacturers. It houses the most extensive collection of British-made road transport in the world. The collection has more than 240 cars and commercial vehicles, 100 motorcycles and 200 bicycles. The most notable exhibits in the museum are Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC, the British jet cars which broke the land speed record in 1983 and 1997 respectively. St. Mary’s Guildhall is considered to be one of the finest surviving medieval guildhalls in England. First built in the 1340s for the merchant guild of St. Mary, it was enlarged between 1394 and 1414 and extensively embellished at the end of the 15th century. It was a temporary prison to Mary, Queen of Scots. William Shakespeare is thought to have staged his plays here and the writer George Eliot, who knew the hall well, features it in a scene from one of her novels. It also contains a rare tapestry dating from the 1490s, depicting Henry VI who stayed in the city many times and held a parliament in Coventry.

Stratford-upon-Avon The Royal Shakespeare Theatre has recently been refurbished for the sum of £112.8 million. Holy Trinity Church, where William Shakespeare is buried and where he was christened, celebrated its 800th birthday in 2010.

later marrying him when she was 26 and he was only 18, due to her getting pregnant. Also Mary Arden’s House, where his mother grew up. All five houses are owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


Fascinating Facts

The Birthplace is where William Shakespeare was born in 1564, we believe on the 23rd April, the same day he died in 1616 at the grand old age of 52. Not far away is Halls Croft where his daughter lived with Doctor John Hall. Also close is Nash’s House, where his grandaughter lived. Out of the town are Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where his future wife grew up,

Warwick Warwick Castle is one of the great castles of England, involved with all the conflicts of English history including the War of the Roses and the English Civil War. With Danish invaders threatening, Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, orders the building of a ‘burh’ or an earthen rampart to protect the small hill top settlement of Warwick. After the Norman conquest, William the Conqueror establishes a motte and bailey fort, consisting of a large earth mound with a timber stockade around both the top and base. By the 1200s wood is replaced by stone and the castle is gradually expanded. Richard Neville, the then Earl of Warwick, during the War of the Roses, helps to depose both Henry VI and Edward IV, winning himself the title Kingmaker. In November 1978, Warwick Castle was sold to The Tussaud’s Group and later Merlin.

Lord Leycester Hospital is part of an historic group of timberframed buildings dating mainly from the late 14th century clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th century Chantry Chapel above it. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Master’s Garden. For nearly 200 years it was the home of Warwick’s medieval guilds. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I it became a place of retirement for old warriors and their wives, thanks to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester St Mary’s Church – Although mostly destroyed by fire, the Beauchamp (Bee Chum) Chapel was saved and is where The Earl of Leycester (Robert Dudley) and his wife Lettice is buried and dates to the 15th century.

Thank you to Roger Bailey Heart of England Blue Badge Tourist Guide



Parking and Coach Information For the latest parking charges for Coventry city centre, as well as a list of all car parks and their opening times, please contact 024 7622 5616, e-mail or for a free download.

You will find that many of the larger tourist attractions across Coventry & Warwickshire have dedicated coach parking facilities; however, there are also a number of set down/pick up points and coach parks in the region’s major towns and cities and we have gathered a few of the most popular below.

Make sure your passengers experience a safe transfer to and from your coach by using one of the many set down/pick up points or coach parks located throughout the region.


There are two convenient set down/pick up points in the heart of Coventry – Priory Street at the foot of the Cathedral steps and Hales Street next to the Transport Museum. For further information on prices, overnight parking availability and other services please contact or telephone 024 7622 5616.



This delightful town has a drop off/pick up point at St Nicholas Park and Puckerings Lane. Coach parking: Myton Fields, three spaces, 10-15 minutes walk from town centre. Open 24 hours, April to October. Toilet on site (open weekends and bank holiday). Nearest alternative toilets and refreshments at St Nicholas Park, CV34 4QY. St Mary’s Land Area 1-25 spaces, 15-20 minutes walk from town centre, open 24 hours all year (except race days), toilets at Market Square.

The drop off/pick up point at Windsor Street is convenient for visitors to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and only three minutes walk to the town centre.

For further details contact Parking Services at Warwick District Council: 01926 456317 or e-mail

Riverside coach park (for 69 coaches) approximately five minutes walk from the town centre is open 24 hours a day – overnight parking between 20:00 - 08:00 is available for £3.00. Nearest toilets in the Leisure Centre, refreshments available at Leisure Centre (seating 150). Up to 4 hrs £4.20, up to 8 hrs £6.30, up to 24 hrs £7.40. CV37 6BY.

Leamington Spa

Newbold Terrace provides a drop off/pick up point, convenient for Jephson Gardens, whilst there are four free coach parking spaces at Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre (no overnight parking). Nearest toilets are located at Jephson Gardens and Pump Rooms. Refreshments at Pump Rooms. CV32 4EW. For further details contact Parking Services at Warwick District Council: 01926 456317 or e-mail


Currently there is NO coach parking available in the centre. Kenilworth Castle visitors only: Free parking for up to six coaches at Brays Car Park, 300 metres from the entrance. Toilets at the visitor centre, CV8 1NE. Refreshments available. For further details contact Parking Services at Warwick District Council: 01926 456317 or e-mail:


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ATTRACTIONS Ace Karting 9 Alan Higgs Centre 13 Allesley Park & Golf Course 13 Anne Hathaway’s Cottage 13 Ardencote Hotel & Spa 13 Astley Book Farm 9 Baddesley Clinton 13 BBC Coventry & Warwickshire 10 Belgrade Theatre 10 Bombay Manor 13 Brandon Marsh Nature Centre 14 Burton Dassett Country Park 14 Charlecote Park 14 Chesterton Windmill 14 Compton Verney 14 Coombe Country Park 10 Coughton Court 14 Coventry Canal Basin 15 Coventry Cathedral 8 Coventry Speedway/Coventry Bees 15 Coventry Sports Centre 15 Coventry Transport Museum 8 Coventry Watch Museum 15 Creaky Cauldron 15 Delta Force Paintballing 15 Drayton Manor Theme Park 16 Draycote Water 16 Foleshill Sports Centre 16 G Casino 10


INDEX Hatton Country World 16 Heart of England Adventure Park 16 Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 11 Heritage Motor Centre 16 Holy Trinity Church 11 Jaguar Heritage Trust Museum 17 Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden 9 Laser Quest 17 Lord Leycester Hospital 17 Lunt Roman Fort 17 Mary Arden’s Farm 17 Midland Air Museum 17 Odeon Skydome Arena 18 Planet Ice Arena 18 Plantasia 18 Priory Visitors Centre and Undercrofts 11 Ragley Hall 18 Ricoh Arena 11 Royal Pump Rooms 18 Rugby Art Gallery and Museum 19 Russells Secret Garden 19 Ryton Garden Organic 19 Ryton Pools Country Park 19 Shakespeare’s Houses and Gardens 19 Showcase Cinema 19 St John the Baptist Church 20 St Mary’s Guildhall 12 Stonebridge Golf Course 20 Stoneleigh Abbey 12 Stratford Butterfly Farm 20 Take a Walk on the Dark Side 20 Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre 20 Tenpin Bowling 20 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre 18 Two Tone Trail 21 Twycross Zoo 21 War Memorial Park 21 Warwick Arts Centre 21 Webb Ellis Rugby Museum 21 Warwick Castle 12 Warwick Racecourse 12

SHOPPING Abbey Gate Shopping Centre 28 Broadgate Square 28 Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre 28 Clock Towers Shopping Centre 28 Coventry Farmers Market 28 Coventry Market 28 Greyfriars Walk/City Arcade/Bull Yard 29 IKEA 29 Leamington High Street 29 Lower Precinct Shopping Centre 29 Maybird Shopping Park 29 Medieval Spon Street 29 Millennium Place/Priory Place 30 Royal Priors Shopping Centre 30 Stratford-upon-Avon Shopping 30 Upper Precinct Shopping 30 Warwick Shopping 30 West Orchards Shopping Centre 30


Coventry & Warwickshire INDEX

PLACES TO EAT Agra Palace 32 Akbars 32 Aqua Food and Mood 32 Art Kitchen 32 ASK 32 Baraset Barn 32 Bella Italia 33 Café Rouge 33 Castle Balti 33 Catalan 33 China Express 33 China Red 33 Coconut Lagoon 34 Cosmo 34 Countess of Evesham 34 Cox’s Yard 34 Crossed Khukris Gurkha 34 Encore 34 Esquires Coffee House 35 Etna’s 35 Five Rivers 35 Frankie and Benny’s 35 Giovanni’s Restaurant 35 Harringtons on the Hill 35 Kakooti 36 La Casa Loco 36 Lambs 36


Le Bistrot Pierre 36 Loch Fyne 36 Mahir’s Restaurant 36 Merchants Wine Bar and Restaurant 38 Mount Pleasant 38 Nando’s 38 Oak Room Restaurant 38 Old Mill Inn 38 Old Orleans 38 Oscars 39 Petit Gourmand 39 Piccolino’s 39 Pizza Express 39 Pizza Hut 39 Playwrights Bar 39 Restaurant 23 40 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar 40 Rupali 40 Saffron Balti 40 Saxon Mill 40 Seasons 40 TGI Fridays 41 Thai Boathouse 41 Thai Elephant 41 The Almanack 41 The Church Street Townhouse 41 The Cross 41 The Dining Room at Mallory 42 The Dun Cow 42 The Griff House 42 The Lazy Cow 42 The Old Smithy Pub 42 The Orange Tree 42 The Paprika Club 43 Thomas Oken Tea Rooms 43 Tumeric Gold 43 Wildes 43 Wing Wah 43 Wylies 43

NIGHTLIFE 1450 Café Bar 52 Baby Buddha Bar 52 Bank Street Bar and Restaurant 52 Browns Café Bar 52 Bull & Butcher 52 Carey’s Nightclub 52 Cazbar Gentleman’s Club 53 Churchend Brewery 53 Club Heat 53 Cox’s Yard 53 Earl of Mercia 53 Eden Bar 53 Flying Standard 54 Gatehouse Tavern 54 Golden Cross 54 IGLU Nightclub 54 Inspire Café Bar 54 JJ’s 54 Kasbah 55 Litten Tree 55 Maison Bar 55 Oak Inn 55 Old Windmill 55 Phoenix Pub 55 Red Lion 56 Rosie Malones Irish Bar 56 S7even 56

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Scholars Nightclub 56 Smack Nightclub 56 Spongate 56 The Almanack 57 The Assembly 57 The Castle 57 The Greyhound Inn 57 The Kenilworth 57 The Shilton Arms 57 The Squirrel 58 The Terrace 58 Town Crier 58 Town Wall Tavern 58 Whitefriars Old Alehouse 58 Wilde’s Wine Bar 58

ACCOMMODATION A46 Premier Inn 64 Alveston Manor 68 Ansty Hall 61 Ardencote 66 Ashdowns 70 Ashleigh 70 Ashorne Hill 66 Barceló Billesley Manor 66 Barnacle Hall 70 Bede 71 Bianca and Whitley Elm Cottages 73 Britannia Coventry Hill 64 Bubbenhall House 70 Cambridge Villa 71 Church Street Townhouse 67 Coombe Abbey 61 Days Hotel 67 Days Inn Corley 65 Days Inn Warwick 67 De vere Ricoh 64 Ettington Chase 67 Ettington Park 68 Grosvenor Hotel 66 Highcroft 71 Hilton 68 Hilton Coventry 65 Henley Hotel 66

Holiday Inn 62 Home from Home Accommodation 72 Home from Home Self-Catering 73 Ibis Centre 63 Ibis South 63 Legacy Falcon 68 Mallory Court 68 Menzies Welcombe Hotel 68 Merlyn 71 Mount Guest House 72 Nailcote Hall 61 New Hall Hotel 69 Novotel 62 Premier Inn city centre 63 Quality Hotel 63 Ramada Hotel and Suites 61 Salford Hall 67 Shakespeare Hotel 69 Spire View 72 Stratford Manor 69 Studley Castle 67 The Bagington Oak 72 The Belfry 69 The George 69 The Glebe 69 The Royal Court 62 The Saddlery 73 Travelodge 65 Village Hotel and Leisure Club 64 Walton Hall 66 Windmill Village 65


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