Coventry, along with Birmingham and Wolverhampton, is one of the largest and most populous cities in West Midlands. Even though much of the city was destroyed during a bombing during the Second World War, there is no trace of the disaster in today’s Coventry. The city is most notable for its beautiful squares, extensive pedestrian zones, and wide alleys, inviting tourists for romantic strolls.
Coventry is suitable for exploring the region’s cultural heritage. However, if you are searching for fancy shopping venues and fine dining, Coventry will be a great place to start your journey around West Midlands.
Exploration of Coventry and its surroundings is easiest with a rental car. With Driveboo, you can compare different car rental offers and book your rental car directly online.
In Coventry, there are multiple car hire companies set all over the city centre and its perimeter. However, if you prefer to travel by plane, the most convenient way is, of course, to rent your dream vehicle at the airport. The nearest airport is Birmingham Airport (BHX), located 11 miles (18 km) from the city centre.
Renting your vehicle at the airport will allow you to start your adventure right from the very beginning!
Your European driver’s licence is enough to rent a car in Coventry.
|Type of road||Maximum speed in mph||Maximum speed in km/h|
|Motorway||70 mph||112 km/h|
|Dual carriageway||70 mph||112 km/h|
|Built-up areas||30 mph||48 km/h|
|Single carriageway||60 mph||96 km/h|
M6 Toll is the only toll road in the country. However, you will also find several bridges and tunnels where tolls are collected.
The permissible level of alcohol content in driver’s blood is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood (35 mg per 100 ml of breath).
A stay in Coventry wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Broadgate, a large square located right in the heart of the city. The square’s history is connected with Coventry’s most infamous resident, namely Lady Godiva. You will find a statue that depicts her right in the centre of Broadgate. Interestingly, Broadgate House has an in-built clock, which also shows a figurine depicting Lady Godiva on the stroke of the hour. Above the small statue, you can see Peeping Tom looking at you from a small window in the clock.
A stone’s throw from Broadgate, you will find Holy Trinity Church. The church features three towering spires dating back to the second half of the 12th century. On the church’s walls, you can admire a set of noteworthy windows. Inside, you will find a stone pulpit dating back to the 15th century. Those who enjoy religious art will be satisfied with a visit to Holy Trinity Church, as it houses many notable artworks.
Another interesting church is Old Coventry Cathedral constructed in the 14th century. It gained its status as a cathedral in 1918. Before that date, it was the country’s largest parish church.
Car lovers should head towards the Coventry Transport Museum. It presents the fascinating history of Britain’s road transport. Inside, you will find an extensive collection of 300 cycles, 250 cars, 120 motorcycles, and numerous commercial vehicles.
While visiting Coventry, don’t miss Herbert Art Gallery, especially if you are an art lover. The gallery features a large collection of interesting clothing exhibits, sculptures, and paintings. Many of them date back to the 19th century.
Attractions outside of the city limits are equally interesting as those that can be found in the heart of Coventry. These can be easily reached with your rental car.
Within an hours’ drive from the city centre, you can pay a visit to Birmingham, the industrial hub of the region. A rental car will also grant you the freedom to travel to the traditional city of Doncaster and to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of the legendary writer, William Shakespeare.
A rental car is also ideal to take a trip to the countryside around Coventry. The extensive Sutton Park boasts several lakes, green plains, and a large golf course. There are also playgrounds, to cater for families with children.
Those who love natural landscapes should definitely drive north, to reach Peak District National Park. It offers great views and plenty of possibilities for outdoor activities. It is also home to many animals and bird species. It became United Kingdom’s first national park in 1951.
|Destination||Distance by car in miles||Distance by car in kilometres||Time|
|Birmingham||21 miles||34 km||29 min|
|Doncaster||98.3 miles||158 km||1 h 40 min|
|Peak District National Park||81.5 miles||131 km||1 h 28 min|
|Stratford-upon-Avon||20 miles||32 km||27 min|
|Sutton Park||24.7 miles||40 km||37 min|