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Coventry Cathedrals and City
Wednesday 30 October 2019


Wednesday 30th October 2019

Today we will visit Coventry.  Fortified with a coffee and cookie, at 11.30am we will have a blue badge guided walk of the ancient city of Coventry, tracing its 1,000 year history. Once the capital of England, it has seen all four of the English Civil Wars, home to 6 religious houses, three cathedrals, one city wall and a number of castles. Hear about the lady on a horse, why you are 'Sent to Coventry' and where it got its wealth from which amongst other things built the 14th century St Mary's Guildhall. This was once the prison for Mary Queen of Scots and was the setting for a scene in one of the books written by George Eliot, who lived in Coventry for many years.


Lunch, not included in the price, can be found at The Rising Café in the cathedral, or next door at Alfred’s Café in the Herbert Museum.  Alternatively there are numerous other cafes nearby.


For the afternoon at 2.30pm, we will divide into groups for a one hour tour to tell you about the building of the New Cathedral, the history of the ruins, and (hopefully) the Blitz Experience.  You can also climb the Tower, if open (entry fee £4.00 not included in the price).


At the end there will be free time to explore at your leisure.


Cost: £35 per person

Catering: Tea/Coffee/Cake on arrival at The Rising Cafe.  Own arrangements for lunch.

Depart:  9am   Beaconsfield Old Town Market Place

Return:  4.30pm from Coventry. Estimated arrival in Beaconsfield 6.30pm.

 Trip organised by Roselle Beard


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