Trains to Coventry
Coventry is a proud cultural hub that’s poised to become the UK City of Culture in 2021. Take a train to Coventry and immerse yourself in the nation’s former economic capital; discover its renowned motoring heritage and enjoy a roster of family attractions.
Culture and heritage
In 2021, Coventry will proudly take up the mantle as the UK City of Culture, delivering a year-long programme of exciting events and activities. It will showcase the history, passion and spirit of the vibrant West Midlands community, which was briefly the capital of England during the 15th century. You shouldn’t wait until 2021 to visit, as Coventry is easily accessible all year round by train and offers a wealth of things to do.
The Belgrade on Corporation Street is the largest professional theatre in the city and fills two stages with high quality in-house productions, big touring shows and well known music acts.
Petrolheads are drawn to Coventry Transport Museum which holds one of the largest collections of vehicles in public ownership; including motor cars, motorcycles and pushbikes. Located on Hales Street, Coventry Transport Museum’s fascinating displays are a nod to the city’s heritage as one of the car manufacturing capitals of the world. Coventry was affectionately known as the ‘British Detroit’ and attracted the likes of Chrysler, Jaguar, Humber and Rover.
Consequently, the city was a major target for the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. The 15th-century St Michael’s Cathedral took several direct hits on the night of November 14, 1940. The ruins remain hallowed ground and are now a major tourist attraction on the site of the new Coventry Cathedral.
Food and drink
When it comes to food and drink, Coventry has it all. Enjoy speciality coffee at the family-run independent store Bean & Leaf on Hertford Street, award-winning pizza at Basement Browns on Warwick Street, or a sharing plate at popular chain bar and restaurant, Slug & Lettuce, located in The Old County Hall on Bayley Lane.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head to the world’s largest milkshake bar company Shakeaway in the Food Court, West Orchards, or for a drink with a twist, grab yourself a Taiwanese-based bubble tea at Bubble Boba in Fargo Village.
Sports and outdoor activities
Coventry City football club is currently ground-sharing at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium. Travel in comfort to Bordesley station, which operates solely on home match days.
Resident ice hockey team Coventry Blaze shoots with intent at the 2,200-seater multipurpose Skydome Arena, located one mile from the train station. The rink is part of the Skydome entertainment complex which includes a nine-screen Odeon cinema, the Genting Casino, bars and restaurants. Across the road you will find a purpose-built Laser Quest battle arena and five Clue HQ escape room challenges to test the wits of two to six people. Fear not, we have already solved the problem of travelling cheaply by train to and from Coventry.
Music and nightlife
Coventry is famed for showcasing ska music and the 2-Tone movement in the 1970s and 80s, and since then has become a go-to destination for a good shindig.
JJ’s is the largest nightclub in Coventry, and can be found at the Skydome. It’s well-known for its unbeatable drinks offers, bringing in the crowds every weekend. There’s also the 900-capacity Empire on Hertford Street, a popular venue for live music, club nights and comedy.
Lower Precinct is one of Coventry’s prime shopping destinations. Just a 15-minute walk from the train station, the centre is home to over a quarter of the city’s retails stores, including big name brands and boutiques. The Cubs Club runs free activities, interactive games and sing-alongs throughout the year for younger visitors, hosted by Lenny the Lion.
Fargo Village is a repurposed industrial space in the heart of Coventry City Centre, exclusively home to independent and creative businesses. You can find this shopping treat on Far Gosford Street, and even enjoy live music there while you browse or feast on street food.
Where do WMR trains to Coventry arrive and depart?
WMR trains arrive and depart from Coventry’s main train station, located next to the south of junction 6 of the inner ring road.
Which train services run direct to Coventry?
Travelling to Coventry by train is a breeze. From the north, we operate two direct trains an hour from Birmingham New Street station with popular calling points at Birmingham International for Birmingham International Airport,the NEC and Resorts World.
When is the best time to travel to Coventry by train?
If you choose to travel outside of the busy commuter times to Coventry, you can enjoy quieter trains, as well as save money on fares.
Heading into the city for a night out? Our Evening Return ticket will take you from Birmingham to Coventry and back for just £2.50 after 6.30pm.
One adult accompanied by up to two children can travel for just £1 with our Friends & Family ticket, ensuring you have more money to spend on fun activities during your day out