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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.   ...more

Coventry, United Kingdom

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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.   

Nearby Airports

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.

Halal Restaurants

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.

Mosques

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.

Things to Do and See in Coventry

  • Herbert Art Gallery and Museum  
  • Coventry Transport Museum
  • Midland Air Museum
  • St Mary’s Guildhall
  • Compton Verney
  • Allesley Park Walled Gardens
  • Caludon Castle Park
  • Coombe Country Park
  • Ryton Pools Country Park
  • War Memorial Park
  • Brandon Marsh Nature Center
  • Lady Herbert’s Garden
  • Coventry Canal Basin
  • A Muslim Tourist's Guide to Shopping in Birmingham, UK

    Winter is a perfect time to visit the UK, especially to Birmingham for Muslim travellers. Be prepared to shop and try a variety of good foods during this time of a year. Make sure you book your flight well before year-end holiday season since airfares during this season can be very high. The best time for you to visit is in November. So hurry, grab your passport and book your trip to Birmingham and make sure to bring your warm clothes. But don't bring too many because you will find good & trendy warm clothes that you can buy during your window shopping here. credit - giphy.org   Birmingham German Market Festival Picture Credit - bbc.com There are many festivities during winter time in Birmingham. Birmingham will be draped in light from end of year Birmingham German Market Festival at the city centre (will be opened on 16th November - 24th December 2017), to which visitors will flock from all over the UK and abroad. In German Market Festival you'll find many sellers of genuine German products from knick-knacks to food, but only small varieties of food that Muslim can buy, such as bakery/pastries (asked the stall staff for vegetarian or seafood ones) and the rest should be avoided. You can find plenty of souvenirs or fashion for yourself there.   Bullring Shopping Mall Picture Credit - smartbusinesslist.com The Bullring Shopping Mall in the heart of city centre is famous for shopping, with big department stores such as John Lewis, Selfridges, Debenhams and others are within short walking distance to each other. The opening hours for Birmingham shopping centres are mostly 10 am - 8 pm, with the exception of restaurants and food stalls which open for longer. Look for their halal sign in their window or wall. You can find many Middle Eastern, Asian, Southeast Asian, or western cuisines in Birmingham.   ASDA or Tesco Picture Credit - localtraders.com You'll be amazed at what you can find, from food to fashion, in UK big supermarket chains like ASDA or Tesco. You will find therein a world food section with halal products and halal butcher corners.Additionally, they also sell fashion from baby clothes to adult and their design and price would not disappoint either.   Grand Central Birmingham Picture Credit - www.keytothecity.co.uk One of the latest shopping places at the city centre is in Grand Central Birmingham. It has a praying room located on the ground floor near the main entrance. You'll find one halal Japanese restaurant there too, i.e. Yakinori.   The Birmingham Rag Market Picture Credit - www.ragmarket.com The Birmingham Rag Market is also a very interesting place to explore, you can buy therein anything from clothes, household items, foods, and souvenirs with bargain price compared to the modern mall next door. They are also located in the city centre near Bullring shopping mall. The Birmingham City Centre is indeed a very convenient place for shopping and halal culinary trips, where they are within a short walking distance from each other.   Coventry Road Picture Credit - flikr.com Ladies, not to worry. You can find places to buy Muslimah clothes while you stay in Birmingham. Set aside time to go to Coventry Road, Small Heath area, which is 5 minutes taxi ride or 15 minutes public bus ride from city centre (bus number 17, 57, 58 and 60). When you arrive there, you'll find on the left and right side of the road many small shops selling items from Islamic books, groceries, foods to Muslim fashion. This one-stop could make your trip unforgettable. This area is a Muslim-majority area and you'll have a peaceful and safe time there for sure Insha Allaah. There are also plenty of Mosques in Small Heath to perform prayers; just ask one of the shop staff and they will tell you which one is nearest.   Resorts World Birmingham Picture Credit - https://www.gentinghotel.co.uk Resorts World Birmingham is a brand new shopping location, a one-stop place for shopping, dining and entertainment resort (note: only Cinema that is suitable for Muslim). You can find plenty of trendy UK branded outlet stores there as well.   The Mailbox Picture Credit - imagesofbirmingham.co.uk For world and UK high-end shopping, the place to go is The Mailbox at the city centre. Located adjacent to trendy apartment complexes and the beautiful Birmingham canal, this shopping mall offers you high quality branded products and boasts a scenic spot at its ground floor near the canal for a relaxing coffee and tea.  Now you have more reasons to make a trip to the UK, and do check out more of our travel guides! ...



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