Coventry, a city and metropolitan borough located in the county of West Midlands in England is the 10th largest city in England. It was historically a part of Warwickshire and it is also the second largest city in the west midland region after Birmingham. The city centre of Coventry has changed dramatically in recent times due to projects carried out to improve its look and feel, for visitors as well as locals. It is a region that is rich in heritage and culture and is steeped in history. The city is home to medieval buildings, country parks, museums and galleries, shopping landmarks, sporting venues, family attractions, manor houses, and even remains of castles. It is one of the most central destinations in the country and is only an hour away from London by train. No matter what your age is, there is so much to do and explore in the city of Coventry; making it the ideal destination for a fantastic day out with the whole family. Muslim visitors will have no problem locating halal food and prayer facilities in Coventry.
Coventry is home to a wide variety of fascinating museums and interesting galleries. With stunning pieces of art and sculptures these museums and galleries have something for the whole family. Tourists could start off by visiting the wonderful Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, where the entrance is free of charge, and discover the history of the city from medieval times to the modern. The museum is also home to a world class art collection. The Coventry Watch Museum, Coventry Transport Museum and the Midland Air Museum might also be of interest to those visiting the city.
The city is known for its numerous open green spaces. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque nature reserves, scenic woodlands and the serene picnic spots throughout the year. Caludon Castle Park is a great place to relax and enjoy the open air. This park also houses the remains of the only castle in the city, Caludon Castle. Coombe Country Park is also a must-visit when in the city. Set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside, the parks offers a variety of family-friendly activities. It is also the ideal place for wildlife enthusiasts. Rytons Pool Country Park, Lady Herbert’s Garden and Brandon Marsh Nature Center are some of the other open spaces tourists might want to visit.
Coventry has a wide selection of shops for those interested in some retail therapy. From well known high street stores, to shopping centres, to boutiques and even farmers markets, the city has a diverse selection of shopping to keep everyone happy.
The closest major airports to Coventry are Birmingham International Airport; located approximately 17 kilometres from the city center, and East Midlands Airport; situated about 50 kilometres from the center of the city center. These airports are easily accessible by public transport.
Muslim travelers will be pleased to know that Coventry is packed with restaurants and takeaway outlets that offer halal variants of the cuisines we love. Some of these restaurants are halal certified while others are Muslim owned and yet others are verbally verified as halal by the restaurant staff. Zeenat Kebabish, Shakes 'N' Bakes, Folehill Chip Shop, Habibi and Akbar's are some of the restaurants serving halal food in Coventry, while Pizza 4u, Spice Village, Sicily Pizza, Oregano, Coventry Kebab and Pizza House, Masala Jacks, Shahbag are some of the halal takeaway outlets in Coventry. However diners should confirm the halal status of the food before dining at any of these outlets. They should also be aware that some of these restaurants might serve alcohol. Muslim tourists could also find Halal restaurants in Coventry by making inquiries at one of the local mosque.
Muslim tourists visiting Coventry will be able to locate prayer facilities with ease as the city is home to quite a number of masjids. Masjid Zeenat Ul Islam, Jalalabad Masjid, Masjid E Zakaria, Hazrat Dewan Hazoori Centre, Iqra Centre, Jamia Mosque Eagle Street, Warwick University Chaplaincy are some of the many mosques in Coventry that are used by both the locals as well as visitors.