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Living in Coventry, England:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Coventry, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked eight people living in Coventry what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Whilst Coventry is seen as a diverse city, winning the award for City of Culture 2021 does not take away the harrowing rate of robberies and knife crimes that occur. However, Coventry carries a significant piece of history; the remains and ruins of a destroyed Cathedral which was bombed during The Blitz. With ever growing student accommodation buildings, the city seems a perfect fit for students who would prefer to move to Coventry rather than commute.

Leighton, says: 2020

If moving to Coventry it is imperative that you know the local term for a bread roll. Several words are used nationwide but in Coventry you cannot buy a cob, a bun, or indeed a barm cake, in Coventry you buy a batch. I’m sure there are other things pertinent to the city such as Lady Godiva or the Coventry Blitz but I think being able to buy a batch is extremely important.

The city is friendly and welcoming. There is two university in which students attend to either Coventry or Warwick. Also, there are lots of park which tourists and residents enjoy as they are able to have a picnic or barbecue to enjoy their day out with their loved ones.

Michael, says: 2020

Coventry is a city embedded with culture and compassion where the nightlife is inclusive and energetic. Whilst during the day people explore its famous landmarks such as the historic Coventry Cathedral. In the near vicinity are sprawling opportunities for those who wish to seek work including the notable Jaguar Land Rover whose headquarters are just a stone throw away.

Charlotte, says: 2020

Someone moving to the city of Coventry should know the importance of its history. The cathedral, which was rebuilt after the blitz that happened in World War 2, is a mark of history and is a popular tourist site. There is a lively city centre and nightlife with lots of big name brands and stores. Different areas of the city display different cultures. For example, Foleshill area is renowned for the Indian cuisine and garments which are available.

Coventry is the home of Lady Godiva. She infamously rode naked and bareback through the streets to demonstrate against the huge taxes being imposed on the people by her husband, the Earl of Leofric. Everyone was to keep their eyes averted whilst she is so, save a man named Tom, which is where the phrase ‘Peeping Tom’ originated.

Lorrie, says: 2020

With an abundance of history to uncover, Coventry is perhaps most famous for the cathedral that stands proud as the true heart of the city. Streets that were once ravaged by the blitz were also walked by Lady Godiva, who gives her name to the music festival that brings so many people together yearly. The true hidden gems of Coventry, however, are the villages on the outskirts of this city, with beautiful, untarnished countryside as far as the eye can see.

When moving to Coventry, know the city was hugely affected by WW2. During the time known as the Coventry Blitz, the city was repeatedly bombed by Germany with devastating impact. The city is now a mixture of historic buildings which survived the raid, and newer buildings which were part of the city’s redevelopment.

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