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Coventry - Ugly, Ugly, Ugly
Coventry in General
Member Name: migseu
Coventry in General
Date: 14/09/00, updated on 14/09/00 (147 review reads)
Advantages: Interesting, Lively, Quirky, On the Up...
Disadvantages: Still a little decrepid, especially the City centre.
Coventry is an ugly, damp, grey city. However, underneath this mish-mash of badly planned 60s and 80s municipally constructed structures lies a city both culturally and socially vibrant. If you want to make your visit get off to a good start try to drive into the city up the Kenilworth Road (from Kenilworth, just of the A46). This drive into the city centre has been called one of the most beautiful roads in Europe and is reminiscant of a Paris boulevard.
The city centre is fenced by an almost impassible ring-road which is dangerous to drive on and ugly - avoid at all costs. The train station is a gem of minimalist 60s architecture and is light and clear. Other places of interest are the Foleshill Road in North Coventry which is a vibrant, multicultural street running around Indian Temples, restaurants and shops. The Cathedral designed by Sir Basil Spencer is another example of splendid design as is the sometimes critised Public Library.
Coventry isn't just about decaying classic 60s buildings, it has a good nightlife scene with clubs as Diverse as the Indie-Punk Colosseum Night Club in Primrose Hill (as frequented by DJs such as Mark&Lard and Scott Mills) to the Purple Planet and the 7million pound Ikon nightclub - one of the midland's best.
Coventry is ethnically diverse, interesting and above all quirky. It is close to Birmingham, on route to London and at the centre of the nation's transportation system. It is a city you'll either love or hate - if you don't like it you can always move to Leamington Spa, Kenilworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, etc, etc......