Quality Hotel Coventry
Coventry, EN CV5 9BA
Phone: (44) 24 76403835
Fax: (44) 24 76403081
Birmingham Rd, Coventry, EN, GB, CV5 9BA
- Phone: (44) 24 76403835
- Fax: (44) 24 76403081
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.
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 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.
The museum lies to the east of Birmingham city center, located on a former site of a Great Western Railway steam shed and locomotive works. The museum is now home to a dozen steam locomotives, ranging from the 7029 "Clun Castle" to "Henry" the industrial tank engine. Visitors can see the exhibits from outside, revolving on the fully operational turntable, and inside the workshop.
The chief potter at Torquil Pottery is also its artist in residence, and the owner of this delightful 16th century half-timbered building. Each pot that is made here is a truly individual design in either stoneware or porcelain. The style however is always modern, and includes amongst others, bowls, pigs and some unusual ceramic water features. Note that two or three exhibitions are held each year in the spacious upstairs gallery, usually in spring, summer and at Christmas time. Look out for these because they usually feature a very good selection of work by contemporary painters and potters at quite affordable prices. The ceramic artists featured in the past include Louise Darby, Delan Cookson and John Leach.Call for more information.
You are most welcome to browse this small gallery and admire the work of this local artist. Brian Tovey's specialty is landscapes in oils, using the figurative style that was so popular in the 19th century. The gallery also boasts a host of fine watercolors and numerous prints. For the collector or for those looking for something a little different, there are also some genuine cinema posters that capture the eye. Note that the gallery has a restoration and bespoke framing facility.