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Old Cathedral

Coventry

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Coventry city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Coventry's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Coventry provides surprises, with a well-blended mix of old and new. The 11th largest city in the UK, it's famous for its watchmaking, motor manufacturing, ribbon industry, innovative technologies, and a modern cathedral which sits beside the ruins of its former cathedral, destroyed in World War II. Take yourself back hundreds of years as you walk along a 13th century street lovingly restored. Visit the bewitching Transport Museum, or trip down a series of squares cascading down a once natural hillside - and, of course, don't forget to look out for Lady Godiva riding by on her horse!

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Curious About... Coventry

  • An exploration of Coventry's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Coventry in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Canal Basin to Cathedrals - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From Coventry’s canal basin, with 250 years of history to tell, you are quickly immersed in modern architecture and medieval history, before arriving at a large statue of Lady Godiva! Now you’re back into olde-worlde Coventry, with cobbled streets and plaques commemorating its history in all directions. At the end are two of Coventry’s cathedrals – one razed in 1940, and the modern cathedral built in its wake.
1.5 hoursOK, but small diversion maybe needed

2. Cathedral to Gardens - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Starting at its second cathedral you will experience more of Coventry’s delightful architecture and fascinating history before visiting its first cathedral, restored Cloisters, and a modern waterfall. Discover the world-renowned Transport Museum and a unique Time Zone clock, before finishing your journey of discovery in more peaceful climes at the delightful gardens of the late Lady Herbert – a ‘flowery oasis in central Coventry’.
1 hourOK, but small diversion maybe needed

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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Downloads
You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Just to say, we found your two walks round Coventry real eye-openers. We knew there was a modern cathedral, but we didn't realise there was another older one next door! We particularly enjoyed the olde-worlde street they'd re-constructed, and my husband couldn't stop himself from popping into the fabulous Transport Museum, right in the centre. It was a great way to spend a day, with lots to discover at every twist of your fiendish walk!"


Latest Revision : August 2021


Coventry

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail