Coventry is a unique city, home to a rich history, ancient legends, pioneers of innovation and the arts and an eclectic mix of architecture, and you can discover more of this by coming on our two guided walks: Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk, and the Jigsaw of History Tour.  


Below are details of our usual walks, followed by the scheduled programme until the end of 2021. We will be back in 2022, but dates are not finalised yet. For inquiries about dates and private bookings, please Contact Us. If there’s just a couple of you and you’re interested in a date not listed below, still Contact Us and we might be able to run it. Both of walks detailed below start from Broadgate between Godiva’s Statue and the clock.

Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk.


This walk takes you around the historical epicentre of Coventry and you’ll find out about kings, queens cathedrals and castles. This walk is very light, is less than a mile in length and takes approximately 2 hours. 

Highlights include:

  • The legend of Godiva, her historical significance and why there may have been an agenda to whitewash her from history.
  • The loss of St Marys Cathedral in the dissolution of the Monasteries and how that changed Coventry forever.
  • Moonlight Sonata, the Blitz of the 14th of November 1940 and what authorities really knew before the attack.
  • The crucial part that Coventry was meant to play in the Gunpowder Plot.
  • The legacies of international peace and reconciliation which followed the destruction and rebuilding of St Michaels Cathedrals.
  • Six different theories as to where the name ‘Coventry’ came from.
  • Why Coventry has actually been a city forever, since “Time Immemorial”.
  • The short-lived history of Coventry Castle.
  • The two time capsules of Coventry; St Marys Guildhall and Drapers Hall.

There are two ways to book a place on Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk. To use the City of Culture system (please use this option if you can!) click here. or if tickets are no longer available on that site, you can book via Eventbrite here.

The Jigsaw of History Tour


This tour zig-zags through the city centre away from the cathedrals, and takes participants on a walk through a city which has kept making history by inventing the future. It’s a history that includes the civil war and civil rights, it’s a history of a city that has moved from being the world-leading pioneer in one industry to another, then another, it’s a rich cultural history of a city which has kept on reinventing itself, finally rising like a phoenix from the firestorm of the Blitz. It’s a history that fits together like a jigsaw, come and explore it with us. The tour is about two miles long and lasts approximately two and three-quarter hours. 

Highlights include:

  • The industrial booms which saw Coventry as the centre of manufacturing of weaving, watching, bikes and cars. 
  • See the most complete part of the City Wall, and learn where the Civil War really started.
  • The Royal Palace in the city centre where the King and Queen stayed when Coventry was the capital of England, which is still partially in use. 
  • The story of the inventors who brought us the bicycle and the jet engine.
  • Different theories as to where the phrase “Sent to Coventry” came from.
  • Explanations and information about of dozens of artworks around the city centre, some of which even the locals might not have noticed before! 
  • Details of the rich cultural history of Coventry.
  • Stories of the Phoenix City, risen from the ashes of the Blitz.

To get tickets on the Jigsaw of History Tour via the City of Culture booking system (we’d really prefer it if you can do it this way) click here, or if tickets are no longer available on that site, book via this Eventbrite link. 

Thursday 02-Dec-21 9.50 The Jigsaw of History Tour 1.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk
Friday 03-Dec-21 9.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk 12.50 The Jigsaw of History Tour
Saturday 04-Dec-21 9.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk  
Sunday 05-Dec-21 9.50 The Jigsaw of History Tour 1.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk
Monday 06-Dec-21    
Tuesday 07-Dec-21    
Wednesday 08-Dec-21    
Thursday 09-Dec-21 9.50 The Jigsaw of History Tour 1.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk
Friday 10-Dec-21 9.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk 12.50 The Jigsaw of History Tour
Saturday 11-Dec-21 9.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk  
Sunday 12-Dec-21 9.50 The Jigsaw of History Tour 1.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk
Monday 13-Dec-21    
Tuesday 14-Dec-21    
Wednesday 15-Dec-21    
Thursday 16-Dec-21 9.50 The Jigsaw of History Tour 1.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk
Friday 17-Dec-21 9.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk 12.50 The Jigsaw of History Tour
Saturday 18-Dec-21 9.50 Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk  


Latest from the Blog

Look at the Bees – Welcome to Bookbombing.

Bookbombing. You’re welcome to it. This post charts the progress of the first bookbombing of a single-publication over multiple sites, a guerrilla installation over a number of locations in Coventry, the 2021 UK City of Culture. The book in question is ‘Look at the Bees’, a compilation of over 2000 inspirational quotes from the ages…

Keep reading

Well that’s nice.

Today, I got an email saying that Travel Mag have published an article, “12 Unique Things to do in Coventry”, and one of those was to come on a walk run by the top rated tour guide in Coventry, which according to Tripadvisor, is me! Or at least it is at the moment… In all…

Keep reading

The Abundant lack of Abundance at the Abundance Parade

Updated 16th November 2021 On Sunday 7th November the Abundance Parade, an event with more than a large hat-tip to Diwali took place in Foleshill. Abundance was another magnificent event, though it seemed to have possibly the most ironic title, as there was certainly no abundance of spectators. The event was an attempt to follow…

Keep reading

When Little Amal Came to Coventry

On the 27th of October, ‘Little Amal’ visited Coventry as part of her 5000 mile trek across Europe. ‘Little’ Amal wasn’t of course all that little, she was in fact eleven feet tall model of a ten year-old (nine when she started her journey) unaccompanied Syrian refugee making her way across Europe to Britain, representing…

Keep reading

If you missed them: Home and at Home

While I’m going to make a concerted effort to spotlight things that are still on in the future, two art exhibitions which have recently concluded were “Art=Home”, a set of artworks created by the homeless and people who were recently homeless which were in the Belgrade during the Arts and Homelessness Festival at the start…

Keep reading

Help Stalingrad and win a trip to Volgograd

On the 6th of October 2021, the Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin came to Coventry as part of the events marking the 80th anniversary of the begging of what would become the concept of international twin cities. Although Coventry and what was then called Stalingrad (now Volgograd) would become the first officially twinned cities in the…

Keep reading

The Unveiling of Ira Aldridge

The Landmark series on Sky Arts has announced it’s first winner. Favour Jonathan has won with her mesh sculpture of Ira Aldridge holding a watch aloft, which has now been installed halfway up the former IKEA building on Croft Road in Coventry. The building is currently being used as a HQ for City of Culture…

Keep reading

The Full Set

There is a unique treasure hunt -quite literally- on the streets of Coventry, as seven phrases and three coins have been added to the cobbles around the Cathedrals. Here is the full set.

Keep reading

Midsummer Fire Gardens

The Midsummer Fire Gardens at Caludon Castle Park was a fantastic event. Here’s some of the highlights. The version above is on Youtube. If you would like to share this video via Facebook, you can use the version below.

Keep reading

Coventry Cathedral: Building for a New Britain

On Wednesday 10th June, BBC Four broadcast a documentary called “Coventry Cathedral: Building for a New Britain“, which told some of the story of the building of the new St Michaels Cathedral, against the backdrop of the wider rebuilding of Coventry. In what is a welcome change for this sort of documentary, instead of having…

Keep reading

Sorry, but you do realise that doesn’t look like an elephant….?

While no-one currently knows what fate will befall the Coventry Sports Centre building that straddles Cox Street as the umbilically joined swimming pool is surrounded by hoardings and prepared for demolition, what we all know is that it looks like an elephant. Of course it looks like an elephant, everyone knows that, it’s called the…

Keep reading

A slight change of plan…

After a stacks of research, thinking things through, literally months of planning, and test events, it now time to throw out the original idea and start again! While some may question the sanity of setting up in tourism in the middle of a global pandemic, having my sanity questioned is not a new thing for…

Keep reading

Please Stand By

While this weekend was meant to be the original launch date for Sky Blue City Walks, the offer of getting an early second Covid jab today Saturday was not really something that could be turned down. I’ll be much happier about starting up after having had a second vaccination not just for me, but for…

Keep reading

A few odd jobs – Part 2

On my first visit to the new Salt Lane car park (see The View from Salt Lane) at the payment machine, there was this rather snazzy new map of the city centre. It’s great, nice and big, though it is very tourist focussed in that things like the University don’t seem to be on it.…

Keep reading

The View from Salt Lane

The other day, I thought it was about time I switched things up a bit and tried out the new Salt Lane Car Park. I was doing some of the final bits of filming for the promotional videos for Sky Blue City Walks, and part way up I realised: “Hang on, I’m filming random points…

Keep reading

Time Team at St Marys

It occurred to me that when Sky Blue City Walks start – hopefully on Friday May the 21st – there will be more than a few references, so it seems sensible to get some of them here ready for you to find. Probably the first and most obvious is when Time Team came to Coventry.…

Keep reading

Privacy Policy & Cookies

%d bloggers like this: