Even if you have never visited the city of Coventry, you are likely to have heard the expression, ‘to send someone to Coventry’, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing! The city won the title of UK City of Culture 2021, and is a hotbed of intrigue, whether your interest lies in literature and drama, music and cinema, history or sport.
St Michael’s Cathedral is Coventry’s best-known landmark and visitor attraction. Largely destroyed by German bombing during World War II, all that’s left are the outer spire and walls. The spire is claimed to be the third tallest in England, and is one of three spires that dominate the city skyline. The others include Christ Church and Holy Trinity Church. The city is also home to the Belgrade Theatre, Albany Theatre, Ricoh Arena (four miles north of the city centre), and the SkyDome Arena for all your music, theatre and art needs! Butts Park Arena, where Coventry Rugby Football Club and Coventry Bears Rugby League Club play, also hosts occasional music concerts. Coventry has a range of music events including a well-respected international jazz programme – the Coventry Jazz Festival and the Godiva Festival attract jazz aficionados countrywide. Meanwhile, for sports enthusiasts, there’s Coventry City Football Club, Coventry Bees motorcycle speedway team, Coventry Blaze ice hockey, stock car racing, cricket, athletics… You name it!
Coventry is near the M6, M69, M45 and M40 motorways, with good links to London, Leicester, Warwick, Birmingham and Northampton. Coventry Railway Station provides services between London and Birmingham, while there are three bus operators serving the city, along with a park and ride service based at War Memorial Park.
Historically, Coventry has been at the centre of motor and cycle manufacturing since 1896, contributing significantly to the British motor industry. Coventry Motette, The Great Horseless Carriage Company, Swift Motor Company, Humber, Hillman, Riley, Francis-Barnett, Daimler and Triumph all have their origins in a Coventry factory. Today, Jaguar has retained its corporate headquarters in the city, while Peugeot still operate in Humber Road. What’s of particular importance is the fact that the much-loved London black cabs are produced in Coventry by LTI – the only vehicles still wholly built here. Other major industries include machine tools, electronic equipment, agricultural machinery, man-made fibres, aerospace components and telecommunications equipment.
There are two universities in Coventry – Coventry University in the city centre and the University of Warwick on the southern outskirts. The University of Warwick is one of only five universities never to have been rated outside the top 10 in terms of teaching excellence and research, while Coventry University is one of only a handful of universities to run a degree course in automotive design. Coventry also has three further education colleges within the city boundaries, along with an impressive number of secondary schools, specialist colleges, independent schools, a technology college and an educational special needs school.
As for house prices, the overall average price last year was £197,916 which is 5 per cent up on the previous year, the majority of property sales being terraced properties, which sold for an average of £169,047. If you are planning a move to Coventry, you must be sure to sample a Coventry Godcake, which is a regional delicacy!