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Staying three days. in Meriden coventry. What is the best things to see in and around the area. Going around Sept. Thank you.

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answered on 9/17/13 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Meriden is pretty-much halfway between Birmingham and Coventry, rather than in or near Coventry itself.

It's difficult to advise without knowing your particular preferences and interests but....

Will you have a car?

If so, you can very easily visit:

Warwick, a pleasant and historical typically-English town with a superb castle:

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http://www.warwick-castle.com/

Kenilworth, with its slightly smaller but perhaps more atmospheric castle:

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Stratford-on-Avon:

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Bosworth Battlefield, where the last English monarch was killed in battle in 1485:

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Leicester, which has really excellent shopping (if that is what you are seeking):

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Bradgate Park, wonderful for walking:

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Birmingham, which has even better shopping than Leicester:

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and too many other places to list here. You could easily make a daytrip to the Cotswolds, for example, perhaps visiting pretty Bourton-on-the-Water:

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And if you do not have a car, you can still access many places by train and/or bus.

So let us know what your preferences are and whether you have a car and we'll be able to advise in more detail. :-)


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answered on 9/17/13 by
a VT member from Frankfurt am Main

Coventry is a pretty ugly, boring city. I say that as a local. It's not without its sights if you have time to visit. The transport museum and the cathedral ruin are worth a look. But if I had time I'd spend it away from Coventry. If I would go anywhere nearby it would be Leamington and Warwick, which are so close together they are basically one town. You can walk between their centres. Leamington Spa is elegant shopping on the Georgian Parade, and Warwick is the historic town center and especially its magnificent castle.


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answered on 9/18/13 by
a VT member from London

I would certainly agree witht he Warwick / Leamington suggestion and the walk between the two mentioned by Tim above. You can walk from Emscote Road in Warwick into Leamington along a canal towpath and it is delightful as well as giving you an insight into the industrial history of the area. here is a tip which might give you an idea.

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If you are in Warwick and like military history, you should not miss the Regimental Museum of the local Regiment.

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It is housed in the same building as a small but interesting local history museum which is often overlooked in favour of the larger castle but is worth a look.

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St. Mary's Church is also well worth a visit.

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I mentioned the canal earlier, as canals are a favourite thing of mine and Birmingham is a bit of a canal centre. The area round Gas Street Basin has been massively redeveloped now and is full of pleasant little cafes, art galleries and shops. You can take a short walk up the canal to the "Jewellery Quarter" if a bit of retail therapy appeals to you. Here are some links for you.

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I spent a lovely day doing this myself and can thoroughly recommend it.

Hope this assists,

fergy.


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answered on 9/19/13 by
a VT member

Thanks. For the advise.And time . i won.t be driving.
I will get a bus from Meriden to warwick. And do
the castle. Thanks again to all.


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answered on 9/19/13 by
a VT member from London

Thanks for getting back to us, it is much appeciated. I hope our information has been of use to you. Have a great time in a very interesting part of the UK and write some tips when you get back.

fergy.


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answered on 9/19/13 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I'm sure you'll enjoy Warwick castle. :-)

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