Coventry, with a
population of over 300,000 people is the ninth largest city in
England. Coventry is famous for being further away from the coast
than any other city in Britain.
Perhaps the most famous landmark in Coventry is Coventry Cathedral.
Like much of the city, the Cathedral was bombed during World War II
and rebuilt shortly afterwards. Since then, the city has become
known as a centre of peace and reconciliation.
Two universities are in the area, the Coventry University and the
nearby University of Warwick (on the southern outskirts of the
city). The Coventry University has nearly 20,000 students and has an
expanding main campus located in the centre of Coventry.
Coventry is famous for the severe bomb damage cause on November 14,
1940 during World War II. The "Coventry Blitz" as it has become to
be known was a major German air raid which destroyed much of the
historic city. The city (and Cathedral) were rebuilt after the war
and a large pedestrianised shopping centre was constructed.
In addition to Coventry Cathedral, the city has several other places
of interest. The Coventry Transport Museum has the world's biggest
collection of British made motor vehicles. The museum is extremely
popular and the visitor numbers have grown even more since the 2004
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Midland Air Museum are
other popular places to visit in Coventry. The Warwick Arts Centre
(located at the University of Warwick) houses a theatre, art
gallery, cinema and even a concert hall. After London's Barbican it
is the second biggest arts centre in Britain. Coventry also has
several other theatres including the Belgrade Theatre and the
Coventry have many successfully sports teams and clubs. Championship
team Coventry City Football Club play their home games at the 32,000
capacity Richoh Arena. Other local teams include Coventry Rugby
Club, Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey team, Coventry Bears Rugby League
team and the Coventry Bees Speedway team.
Because of its central location, Coventry has superb transport
links. By road, the M6, M69, M40 and M45 motorways are all close to
the city. Rail links, on the West Coast Main Line, are provided from
the Coventry Railway Station. Several bus operators run services in
The nearby Birmingham International Airport (11 miles away) and the
local Coventry Airport (5 miles outside the city) fly to over 20
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