Quality Hotel Coventry
Coventry, EN CV5 9BA
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Arts & Museums
Coventry, just 20 minutes from Birmingham by road or rail, has a number of attractions well worth visiting. One such is this museum, which is devoted to British-made motor vehicles in a city famous for its car manufacturers - over 130 have been based in Coventry including Daimler, Jaguar, Rover and Triumph. Here you can see 230 cars, 90 motorcycles and 200 cycles, including some once-famous names that are now no more. There are also Edwardian vehicles as used by royalty and there is a display of model vehicles. More modern exhibits are also on display, such as Thrust 2 and ThrustSSC, the holders of the world land speed record, and prototypes of the latest in car design.
Free to enter, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum focuses on Coventry's past with exhibitions that are inclusive of exclusive original documents. It also includes Graham Sutherland's sketches for his tapestry in Coventry Cathedral (which is nearby). Other exhibitions detail various aspects of this city's history (most famous for Lady Godiva) and works of contemporary art.
Located in Coventry, Electric Railway Museum is a unique destination dedicated solely to the heritage of all electric trains in the UK. Managed and operated entirely by volunteers and funded by donations from the public, the museum aims to promote the history of electric railways. Along with display and operations, the charity also works on gathering historically relevant technical and photographic archives.
With over 45 airships on display and large exhibition hangars, Midland Air Museum in Warwickshire is found close to the Coventry airport. It is one of the most informative and interactive museums dedicated to aviation. The exhibits which are in the form of videos, artifacts and pictures narrate the fascinating story of the jet age, Wings over Coventry, WWII and RAF Baginton, Rotors over Coventry and many more. Started in 1927, the museum also organizes various events like Open Cockpit Days, Model Fairs, shows and Aviation art exhibitions.
National Motorcycle Museum houses a collection of over 700 veteran and unusual motorcycles and memorabilia from the 19th and 20th centuries. Unsurprisingly, this is a fascinating place for both children and adults to learn about the history of an industry which once dominated the world. Conference facilities and seminar rooms are also available and various exhibitions (other than of motorcycles) are held here too, like November's Doll & Teddy Fair. The venue is located opposite the NEC and offers easy access to the M42.
The Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery lies in the town of Nuneaton, England. This gallery is located on the grounds of the Riversley Park and contains three galleries which display fine art paintings as well as objects depicting the local history of the town. Opened in 1917, it contains approximately 15,000 objects in its permanent collection. Viewing of storerooms and tours are available upon taking an appointment.
The Royal Pump Rooms now house a variety of cultural assets. Today not only can you admire the stunning architecture but you can also explore life in a Victorian spa town, relax in the magnificent Turkish room and discover the water treatments which were once used in the Pump Rooms' hey day. You can also wander round the library, view art exhibitions in the art gallery and museum, book theater tickets at the Tourist Information Center or indulge in a decadent afternoon tea at the patisserie bistro.
A quarter of a mile from the center of Warwick lies an early Jacobean house devoted to the social history of Warwickshire. St John's is filled with displays that take you back in time, including a costume gallery and a 19th Century kitchen, parlor and schoolroom. Watch out for the Victorian children waiting for their lessons! St. John's House is also home to The Museum of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, featuring its military uniforms and medals. There are delightful gardens here with enclosed, grassy picnic areas.
Taking you back on a journey of almost 300 years, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum tells the story of the 'Warwickshire Lads', soldiers and other tales of the regime. Get to know stories about the famous woman soldier Hannah Snell, Field Marshals Montgomery and Slim, even memorabilia from the World War. Housed in a 17th century structure, the museum has much to offer history enthusiasts and will even interest a family on a visit. Also, try on regiment uniforms for a picture moment and meet the mascot, a little antelope.
If you make it past the huge brown bear at the entrance of the museum then you are in for a treat! This 17th-century Market Hall plays host to impressive displays of geology, biology and history. Look out for an eclectic mix of giant fossils, live bees, bugs and ancient jewelry. The exhibition gallery, which changes every four to six weeks, provides an exciting and varied program featuring the work of acclaimed local and national artists. Note that there is a small but very well-stocked shop here if you are souvenir shopping.
Situated in a 14th century building, within the premises of the Lord Leycester Hospital, the Queens Own Hussars Museum tells the story of one British Army's senior light cavalry regiment. The exhibits include accounts of people present with their personal experiences, the history of the regiment since the 17th century, the real documents, artifacts, weapons and a lot more equipment. There are also uniforms that can be worn for photo opportunities. Visit the website for details regarding the exhibits and more.
Blakesley Hall is a timber framed Elizabethan yeoman's farmhouse, built in 1590 in Old Yardley for Richard Smallbroke (a Birmingham businessman and farmer). The Hall is furnished and staffed in 17th century fashion and is a fascinating place to visit. It is open to schools as well as the public.