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 guided walks.
Currently, both walks are available to book pretty much every day until the 23rd of October on the cycle set out below. However from time to time walks will be pulled from the schedule for various reasons, so please book in advance to make sure any given tour does actually go ahead. While it is possible to pay on the day, walks which do not have any advance bookings may be cancelled without notice.
Both Godiva’s Cathedral Quarter Walk and the Jigsaw of History Tour start at Broadgate between Godivas statue and clock on most days (CV1 1NE), more details are below.
Both of usual 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 and 10 minutes.
- 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.
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.
- The industrial booms which saw Coventry as the centre of manufacturing of weaving, watch making, 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.