Coventry is not known for much, and upon first glance it may not look very nice, but like a book with a bad cover, there are gems to be discovered inside.
If you happen to find yourself in Coventry with a few hours or an evening to spare due to it's close proximity to Stratford-upon-Avon, here is a mini guide to England's 12th largest city.
Coventry was completely destroyed during World War 2 when the Nazi's bombed the city heavily and it burned to the ground. The people of Coventry decided the next day to start rebuilding the Cathedral as a sign of faith and hope for the new world. The cathedral is located within walking distance from the bus station and the entrance fee is 8 GBP.
Next to the Cathedral is the Priory Undercroft which are cellars that were part of the original cathedral and offer a glimpse into England's mediaeval past. Entrance is 1 GBP and has to be booked in advance. The Holy Trinity Church, which has free entrance, is located next to both the Cathedral and the Priory and completes the Cathedral Quarter of Coventry.
Exit the Cathedral Quarter and walk through the shopping centers, stopping along the way for good deals, and stroll down Spon Street. Surprisingly the majority of Spon Street was unharmed during World War 2 and remains in the traditional 12th century style. Some of the buildings have been remodeled to fit the needs of modern day businesses, however the Old Windmill pub kept the interior of the building the same. Have a pint at the Old Windmill and you will find yourself in a pub in the 12th century.
Coventry isn't a huge tourist destination and isn't internationally known, but they have what a tourist would want: cheaper prices, mediaeval churches and pubs, and everything is within walking distance.