Weekend Trip from London to Coventry and Warwickshire
With a glut of medieval buildings, castles, beautiful estates and gardens plus a magnificent Cathedral, Warwickshire provides a great escape away from the city. The county’s hub, Coventry, is home to one of the impressive cathedrals in the UK. The city has actually had three cathedrals over the years, the latest being a new structure built in the 50’s, after the devastating destruction of the 14th century building. A few of the remains from the original St Mary’s Cathedral can still be explored with its famous spire dominating the city’s skyline. Aside from the cathedral, Coventry transport museum is also a popular attraction, as is the Midland Air Museum. If museums and cathedrals are not your cup of tea, simply follow the infamous footsteps of Lady Godiva ( minus the naked part) and roam the streets of Coventry, taking in the scenic views the city has to offer.
Places of Interest
Outside of Coventry you can explore more of Warwickshire during your weekend. Head to Warwick Castle for a spot of local history and lots of fun for young families. At Christmas and New Year, the castle hosts spectacular medieval banquets, where you can celebrate in style. Allesley Park Walled Garden and Arbury hall offer a pleasant afternoon for nature lovers, with acres of gardens to take refuge in. Staying in Arbury Estate, bookworms cannot miss Astley Book Farm, birthplace to author George Eliot and now home to over 45,000 books. Royal Leamington Spa and Stratford Upon Avon are also worth a visit whilst you are visiting the area, although you may want to dedicate a whole other weekend to Stratford.
Best Time to Visit
British summer time is the best time to visit, when you can enjoy the best temperatures and see much more of the county, without rain halting your plans. As well a good weather, you can also look forward to great tasting food. Beef is a quirky restaurant, just outside of Coventry city center, where you can feast on Argentine cowhide banquets. For a more traditional meal, head to The Red Lion for a charming and rustic lunch. If you are in Royal Leamington Spa, Oscars is a great place to wine and dine French style.
How to Reach?
You can catch a train from London Euston direct to Coventry. A drive should take just under 2 hours, via the M40. You can also catch a National Express from Victoria coach station.
Where to Stay?
For a city center stay, Ramada Coventry is the better choice in a city centre that is heavy on chain hotels. If you want to enjoy a more picturesque stay, Coombe Abbey Hotel offers luxury rooms, even better grounds plus the chance to take part in a medieval banquet. If you prefer a more laid back stay, Barnacle Hall B&B offers a homely stay with an added bit of pampering.