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1) Coventry Transport Museum

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Explore Coventry Transport Museum and be whisked away into stories of real people, real passions and real hope. Discover how Coventry became the centre of the world’s motor and cycle industries, and get up close with the world’s biggest collection of British
road transport, including the actual vehicles that defined some of history’s most important moments - including the fastest car in the world!​

  • Family friendly
  • Free entry
  • Full disabled access
  • Groups welcome

http://www.transport-museum.com


2) British Motor Museum

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Fun for all the family whatever the weather!

Explore the British Motor Museum, the largest collection of historic British cars in the newly refurbished Museum.

Take a walk down the 'Time Road' and discover how both motoring and family life has changed through the decades including period music and memorable events such as the introduction of double yellow lines.

Travel through 'Making British Cars' and see how influential the motor industry has been over the years and where it is heading in the future.

Get 'Under The Skin' and unravel the mystery of how cars work with interactive exhibits. Experience how suspension has improved over time and compare the difference between rack and pin and power steering.

Enjoy a free guided tour with one of the enthusiastic guides who will help bring the cars to life. There is also an onsite café serving hot and cold meals and snacks.

Check our website for information on great school holiday activities and special weekend motoring events.

  • Conference facilities
  • Family friendly
  • Full disabled access
  • Groups welcome

http://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/


3) Compton Verney

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Compton Verney was home to the Verney/Willoughby de Broke family for almost 500 years until the early 20th century. It has now been transformed from a derelict 18th century mansion into a gallery of international standing, offering a combination of high quality attractions and facilities. Compton Verney houses six permanent collections.

  • Family friendly
  • Groups welcome
  • Full disabled access

http://www.comptonverney.org.uk


4) Coventry Cathedral - St Michael

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St Michael’s Spire stands majestically in the heart of Coventry city centre. Forming part of the Old Cathedral and its magnificent ruins, the spire is a lasting reminder of the Blitz of November 14 1940. The building remains one of the most important international symbols of peace and reconciliation in the world, and is one of the city’s three remaining spires.

http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk


5) Coventry Watch Museum Project

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Coventry has over the past few centuries been home to several industries of national significance. Watchmaking was first recorded in the city in the 1680's, but it was not until the 18th century that Coventry emerged as one of the main centres of the watchmaking industry in England. By the first half of the 19th century Coventry had even reached a position of national dominance. Proudly illustrating Coventry's influence within the British watch making industry, the Coventry Watch Museum houses a display of clocks, watches, tools, artefacts and family history records and much more. One of the cottages is reputedly haunted and several interesting vigils have been held there!

  • Family friendly
  • Groups welcome

http://www.coventrywatchmuseum.com/


6) Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery

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Museum and Art Gallery, set in award-winning gardens. Houses a permanent display on the story of George Eliot, world famous Victorian novelist, born locally on the Arbury Estate. Displays of fine Victorian paintings, exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, events and activities with tea room and shop.

http://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/museum


7) 2-Tone Village Coventry

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The 2-Tone Village is an exciting area just outside Coventry City Centre, celebrating our 2-Tone heritage and so much more.

Here you will find the Award winning 2-Tone Cafe and Simmer Down Caribbean Restaurant, The 2-Tone Corner sub-culture shop and the Hall of Fame Memorabilia store. Also based here are The Coventry Music Wall of Fame and The Coventry Music Museum.

  • Children welcome
  • Family friendly
  • Tearoom/Coffee shop on-site

8) Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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Directly opposite Coventry’s two Cathedrals lies the inspiring Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. This FREE ADMISSION museum tells the fascinating story of Coventry’s history from the Medieval to the modern, including a whole gallery dedicated to the much-loved Lady Godiva story. The museum is also home to a world class art collection and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

  • Family friendly
  • Free entry
  • Full disabled access
  • Groups welcome

http://www.theherbert.org/


9) Market Hall Museum

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The headquarters of Warwickshire Museum Service is at the Market Hall, a 17th Century building in the centre of Warwick. Here you’ll find displays on the geology, natural history and early history of the county. Highlights include the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire (seen at The British Museum’s summer exhibition), the second largest early Roman coin hoard in the country, our live observation bee hive and our famous (tweeting!) Giant Irish deer. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and exciting events throughout the year.

Facilities

The nearest public toilets are located in the Market Square and there are many lovely tea rooms within a very short distance of the museum. The museum houses a small shop which offers a range of gifts to suit all ages.

Visitor Information

We aim to provide a safe and healthy environment for visitors to Market Hall. You can help us by: observing all notices and signs during your visit, ensuring all children are properly supervised at all times, and by following any instructions or advice given by museum staff. The floors at Market Hall are uneven due to their historic nature so we would also ask you to wear appropriate footwear.

Accessibility

Wheelchair access to ground floor with assistance. Unfortunately we do not have a lift to the first floor galleries. BSL signing is available by arrangement for events.

http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/


10) Midland Air Museum

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Visit one of the country's leading self-funded independent aviation museums and see incredible aircraft from throughout the ages including the Avro Vulcan and Argosy freighter, MiG-21 and CMC Leopard to name just a few. With photographs, collectors’ items and memorabilia along with an on-site shop and tearoom, it’s the ideal venue for any plane spotter.

http://www.midlandairmuseum.co.uk/


11) Coventry Music Museum

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The recently expanded Coventry Music Museum (CMM) is an award winning permanent independent museum. Although 2-Tone music is well featured here, the museum never forgets all the many artists to come out of Coventry & Warwickshire.
King, The Enemy, Hazel O'Connor, Delia Derbyshire, Panjabi MC are all showcased, as are The Coventry Carol, Frank Ifield, The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat and Madness.
There is an interactive studio room, plus a mock record shop booth and a reproduction of a typical Ska fans bedroom.

http://www.covmm.co.uk


12) Revival Cars

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Revival Cars puts you in the driving seat of some of the best classic cars available without the headache of ownership. Tailored for classic car enthusiasts or simply for those who would like to drive something different or arrive in style. Vehicles are maintained to the highest standards by in-house mechanics and offer customers a comprehensive vehicle hand-over service. Why not combine the experience of hiring a classic car with an overnight break to Coventry and Warwickshire? Revival have teamed up with some of our best hotels in the area and negotiated competitive room rates to offer hire/hotel packages.

http://www.revivalcars.com/


13) Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

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Immerse yourself in creepy crawlies with some spectacular and colourful butterflies, plants and tropical pools from around the world. From micro environments like the Caterpillar Room, Insect City and Arachnoland this award winning family-friendly attraction will thrill and delight in equal measure. See their amazing lifecycles in the Caterpillar Room, home of the worlds largest spider, a scorpion colony and other spinners of webs and dealers of death.

  • Family friendly
  • Full disabled access
  • Groups welcome
 

http://www.butterflyfarm.co.uk/


14) Rugby Art Gallery, Museum and Visitor Centre

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Inspiring and engaging visitors from all over the country, this museum provides regular exciting art exhibitions with contemporary and modern art displays, historical collections including Roman discoveries and local memorabilia and historical documents. Bring your children and get hands-on with a variety of events all year round.

http://www.ragm.org.uk/site/index.php


15) St John's Museum

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Housed in a Jacobean mansion, St John’s Museum showcases the social history collections. Galleries include a Victorian Kitchen and Schoolroom (used by local school children during term time for activities and learning sessions), displays on childhood, toys and games, costume and an under 5s discovery room. St John’s also has lovely formal gardens where you can sit and enjoy a picnic.

Facilities

Under normal circumstances, St John’s House Museum has its own free car park, although spaces are limited. Alternative parking can be found at St Nicholas Park. The museum has a small shop which offers a range of gifts to suit all ages. Public toilets are located within the house and include an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities.

Visitor Information

We aim to provide a safe and healthy environment for visitors to St John’s. You can help us by: observing all notices and signs during your visit; wearing appropriate clothing and footwear; ensuring all children are properly supervised at all times and by following any instruction and advice given by museum staff.

Accessibility

Wheelchair access to ground floor. Unfortunately we do not have a lift to the Regimental Museum on the first floor, but visitors can get a taste of those galleries through our Virtual Tour facility. BSL signing is available by arrangement for events.

http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/


16) Stratford Armouries

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Stratford Armouries is a truly unique museum and visitor centre set in 86 acres of rolling Warwickshire countryside. The galleries house a range of world-class exhibits that will amaze the whole family. It isn't only a museum, we offer a range of facilities making it a perfect day out for the family. As well as world-class exhibits we have a beautifully decorated restaurant serving locally sourced food.

http://www.stratfordarmouries.co.uk/


17) The MAD Museum

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Based in the centre of Stratford upon Avon, The MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum showcases the world’s finest pieces of Kinetic Art and Automata belonging to pioneering artists from all over the globe. As well as being highly interactive and a lot of fun, The MAD Museum appeals to those with curious and methodical brains too. Figure out how the gears, sprockets, robotics and eccentric paraphernalia all engage with one another at the press of a button. Artistically every piece displayed in The MAD Museum has been handcrafted with adoration, remarkable skill and precision. This is where art meets movement (sometimes operating to achieve a function but most of the time, just moving for the fun of it!) Best described as a mixture of Heath Robinson, Wallace and Gromit and Scrapheap Challenge, The MAD Museum is a fantastic playground for adults and a perfect hideout for inquisitive kids – experience the imagination of marvellous minds.

  • Children welcome
  • Coach parties welcome
  • Family friendly
  • Full disabled access
  • Gift shop on-site
  • Groups welcome
  • Tearoom/Coffee shop on-site

http://www.themadmuseum.co.uk/


18) West Midlands Police Museum

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West Midlands Police Museum illustrates some of the more gruesome aspects of Coventry. Exhibits are on display within the museum including the death of Mary Ball- the last woman to be hanged in Coventry. Please note that some parts of the museum are restricted to over 18s only. It opens your eyes to the jobs police have to do in the past, present and future.

http://www.westmidlandspolicemuseum.co.uk/


19) Royal Pump Rooms

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This award winning cultural complex in the heart of Leamington Spa, offers visitors the chance to see the ‘Royal Pump Room and Baths’ designed by C.S.Smith of Warwick and opened in 1814. After a substantial redevelopment project in 1997-99, the building now contains a visitor information centre, art gallery, museum, library, tea room and assembly rooms.

http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms/


20) Twycross Zoo

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Come face-to-face with 900 animals of more than 150 species, including some of the most endangered at Twycross Zoo. Set in more than 80 acres, immerse yourself in the Zoo's fascinating exhibits: the Borneo Longhouse, a Sri Lankan elephant walkway, giving views of female elephants, Owl Aviaries and the Penguin Lagoon. The zoo has also welcomed an Amur leopard exhibit, a lemur walk, a giant tortoise walk-about, Monkeys in Trees and SO much more!

http://www.twycrosszoo.org


21) Warwickshire Museum

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The Warwickshire Museum collects, safeguards and makes accessible artefacts, specimens and associated information which we hold in trust. The Museum also promotes the conservation of Warwickshire’s natural and cultural heritage. We work for the benefit of the whole community, present and future, to enable exploration, inspiration, learning and enjoyment. Our collections cover archaeology, social history, geology and natural history. With many exhibits dating from the 19th century.

http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/museum


22) Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum

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The Rugby Football Museum is opposite Rugby School in the original building where James Gilbert, boot and shoemaker, made the first rugby footballs in 1842. The collection is privately owned and currently on loan to Rugby Borough Council. It is being managed and cared for by staff from Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

http://www.rugby.gov.uk/


23) Stratford Brass Rubbing Centre

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The Brass Rubbing Centre is found on Avon Bank Gardens in central Stratford-upon-Avon. Most prominent in Medieval and Tudor times, brasses illustrated the upper class and well respected members of a community such as priests, knights, merchants and scholars. Brass portraits were also produced to commemorate loved ones who had passed away.

These brasses are of the utmost historical importance as they provide a glimpse in to the past. Dress, family trees, trade, and social customs are all documented through the use of brass.

At the Brass Rubbing Centre, visitors can choose between hundreds of brass facsimiles that can be rubbed to create a truly unique souvenir of the visit. Choices differ between a traditional Celtic design, Henry VIII or even Shakespeare himself. Friendly staff members are at hand to provide specialist instruction and the necessary materials required to create a perfect brass rubbing. The building is accessible to all, as it has no stairs and is wheelchair accessible. The activity is also suitable for those with learning difficulties.

A visit to the Centre will take roughly one hour. It is aimed towards the younger generation, however it offers an interactive and hands-on approach to the history of Stratford and its famous inhabitants that everybody can enjoy.