Attractions Nearby Coventry, Day Trips and Excursions
(Coventry, West Midlands, England, UK)
The surrounding market towns close to Coventry are full of interesting attractions, many of which include historical buildings and castles.
Especially popular, Warwick Castle can be found in the county town of Warwick, to the south-west of Coventry, and is full of ancient attractions dating back to the 11th century.
Other popular attractions lie within the nearby market towns and villages of Rugby, Kenilworth, Stoneleigh and Leamington Spa, all of which are just a short drive away.
Royal Leamington Spa
The town of Royal Leamington Spa has long been an affluent place to visit and is overflowing with elegant town houses and Victorian architecture. Notable attractions in the town of Royal Leamington Spa include both the Royal Pump Rooms and the landscaped Jephson Gardens.
Rugby stands in the very centre of Warwickshire's appealing countryside and is perhaps most famous for being the official home to the sport of Rugby football. Close to Coventry, many of the main attractions here have a strong sporting theme and include the Rugby Football Museum, which contains a host of rugby memorabilia. The town also contains a noteworthy art gallery and museum, and stands alongside the particularly attractive Oxford Canal.
Warwick is a traditional market town with plenty of medieval character to go around. The central Market Place is a particularly busy spot and also full of energy. Each Saturday, the open-air markets always attract large crowds, while those looking for history will find a visit to Warwick Castle a memorable one. Built almost 1,000 years ago, Warwick Castle overlooks the River Avon and is one of the town's main tourist attractions. The town's racecourse, local museum and Hatton Country World are also worth a look.
North Warwickshire provides the perfect respite, away from busy city life. With an especially tranquil landscape and a number of appealing market towns, North Warwickshire is full of places to explore and enjoy, with countryside walks and a number of golf courses being especially popular attractions.
Bedworth and Nuneaton
The nearby towns of Bedworth and Nuneaton lie just a short drive to the north of Coventry and are especially famous for their strong links with the acclaimed Victorian novelist, George Eliot. Amongst the many landmarks in this part of Warwickshire, Arbury Hall stands out and is an outstanding stately home built in the late 19th century and resembling a castle. Arbury Hall stands in around 300 acres / 120 hectares of parkland and gardens.
Kenilworth and Stoneleigh
Kenilworth and Stoneleigh are both particularly historic locations and deserve a visit. The eye-catching 13th-century Kenilworth Castle is one of the many highlights in the town of Kenilworth and offers impressive views over the main High Street area. Nearby, Stoneleigh contains the imposing Stoneleigh Abbey, which is located on the south-western side of the village and was built in the 16th century. Stoneleigh Park and the summer Town and Country Festival are further highlights.
Stratford upon Avon
Often known simply as Shakespeare country, Stratford upon Avon is the official birthplace of world-famous English playwright and historical character, William Shakespeare. Daily theatrical performances are available at the Shakespeare House all through the year, and also at times at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. However, Stratford upon Avon is much more than just the home of this colourful bard, and also features a number of family attractions, such as the Stratford Butterfly Farm.