Coventry is located in the county of West Midlands but is historically part of Warwickshire.
Coventry was the world’s first twin city, when it formed a twinning relationship with the Russian city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) during the Second World War. The relationship developed through ordinary people in Coventry who wanted to show their support for the Soviet Red Army during the Battle of Stalingrad. The city is now also twinned with Dresden, Lidice, Saint-Étienne and 22 other cities around the world.
The city has had three cathedrals. The first was St Mary’s, a monastic building, only a few ruins of which remain. The second was St Michael’s, a 14th-century Gothic church later designated cathedral, which remains a ruined shell after its bombing during the Second World War. The third is the new St Michael’s Cathedral, built after the destruction of the former.
Coventry motor companies have contributed significantly to the British motor industry. The Coventry Transport Museum is a must see, re-opened on the 20th June 2015 after a full renovation and is located in the heart of the City Centre, this huge museum is home to the worlds largest collection of British Road Transport (Admission is free).
We use the superbly located Britannia Coventry, which gives you the opportunity to explore the City’s historic Centre and popular shopping districts. The Hotel adjoins Coventry Cathedral at the very heart of the City and is a stones throw from the Transport Museum.
Coventry itself is a lively, cosmopolitan city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre you’ll find traces of history everywhere in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street.