The five coolest streets in Coventry to visit this summer

Have you ever visited a 'cool' street in Coventry?
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Many national publications highlight the best areas of the country, the best places to live, trendy spots, and the ideal places to stay. Coventry has long been one of the UK's best-kept secrets being located right in the middle of the country.

The city has beautiful canals, green parks, traditional pubs, immense heritage, and plenty of scenic spots for you to explore. These include streams, meadows, flower gardens, and open green spaces for countryside walks.

We've found the five coolest streets in Coventry which you can explore this summer. Some may include pubs, bars, creative quarters, quirky restaurants, and businesses - you never know what you may find!

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1) Sutton Stop in Longford

Sutton Stop is the name for 'Stop Lock' at Hawkesbury Junction. The junction has been a vital link for the regional and national canal network for around 200 years. The junction is formed by the combination of Coventry Canal and Oxford Canal, where the name Sutton Stop originated.

Due to its unique character, historical links with the Industrial Revolution, and the development of the canal system, Coventry City Council and Nuneaton Borough Council designed the locality as a Conservation Area, as it lies between the two authorities.

You'll find brightly pained canal boats, original wrought iron bridges, a local, a disused pumping station, and a former pumping station combined to make a scenic spot. You can also dine along the canal at The Greyhound Inn which offers a cosy and relaxed space alongside cask ales and freshly prepared meals.

2) Kenilworth Road

Kenilworth Road is one of the straightest stretches of road anywhere in the UK, and even today the scene hasn't changed. The wide road is lined with tall trees that make for an impressive entrance to the city.

Some of the city's most expensive homes can be glimpsed through the greenery aligning the road with security gates and private driveways, with properties located deep into the woods. According to Zoopla, the last sold house price on Kenilworth Road went for £1.2 million.

3) Far Gosford Street

Far Gosford Street is Coventry's most historic street which has seen many changes throughout its life. The street has almost a thousand years of history but has always been a centre for innovation, creativity, and enterprise.

The historic buildings are now used as the city's creative quarter and home to many independent businesses from barbers, takeaways, restaurants, supermarkets, and student accommodation. It is also home to the creative culture of Fargo Village which is full of alternative businesses that host many events, markets, and entertainment venues like Cofa Social to make it a destination for everyone to enjoy.

4) Birmingham Road, Allesley

The picturesque Birmingham road near the Allesley hotel.
Enjoy the views of the canal boats riding along at Sutton Stop in Longford

The village of Allesley developed along the old coaching road from London to Birmingham and the northern. The A45 forms an important route from Coventry to Birmingham, and the increasing traffic led to the by-pass being made, which helped to maintain the village atmosphere.

Many of the houses along the road were built in the 16th and 19th centuries. The most striking place is the Grade II listed nine-bedroomed Stone House which dates back to 1557, plus other landmarks including the Allesley Hotel, The White Lion pub, and The Rainbow Inn which is still traditional.

The village's narrow lanes are bordered by hedgerows with many mature trees of oak, sycamore, and ash, but many of the fields are now used for keeping and riding horses.

5) Lady Herbert's Garden

Lady Herbert's Garden is a garden located in the heart of Coventry, built around multiple sections of the remains of Coventry city walls. The gardens were owned by Sir Alfred Herbert and were named as a memorial to his second wife Florence, who died in 1930.

Parts of the garden were destroyed during the Coventry Blitz, which was rebuilt to be more modern. Now residents of the city centre almshouses, run by a charitable trust look after the trees, flowers and shrubs of Lady Herbert's Garden.

Nearby are the two remaining gatehouses of the city walls and there is a short stretch of the city wall near the almshouses.

What do you think are the coolest streets in Coventry? Let us know in the comments below.

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