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Things to do in Coventry

Dakota is situated in the historic Warwickshire village of Baginton. Not many people know that Baginton is almost 2,000 years old and is even referred to in The Domesday book. With a prominent Oak tree over 500 years old, and a flourishing community in the 21st Century. The Oak is approximately 10 minutes drive from Coventry City Centre and 15 minutes drive from Kenilworth or Leamington Spa.

Nearby Points of Interest
    • This is one of the leading independent air museums in the UK with a large collection of books, photographs, aircraft bits, engines and airframes all for the public to view. In 1979 the Museum was granted charitable status and its collection continued to grow with the purchase of the Avro Vulcan bomber in early 1983. The Museum site, already double its original size, was added to again. To secure further land and a longer lease the Museum moved off the Airport onto an adjacent site on Rowey Road
    • Coventry Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,000 years. It is the principal church of the Bishop of Coventry, the main (sometimes called ‘mother’) church of the Diocese of Coventry, a geographical area also encompassing 239 parish churches and communities. Coventry is a Church of England cathedral. Coventry Cathedral is open daily to the visiting public, all year round. Our Visitor Centre is closed on Sunday mornings, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day.
    • Coventry is the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry. Discover the fascinating story behind the development of road transport from the earliest cycles to land speed record breakers. With thrills, nostalgia , inspiration and a little bit of education, join us on a surprising journey through 150 years of innovation and find out about the people who made it happen. With over 240 cars, commercial vehicles, buses, 94 motorcycles, 200 cycles, 25,000 models you’ll have a great day out.
    • WARWICK CASTLE (6 mi)
    • The history of Warwick Castle stretches back almost 1,100 years. In 914AD Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, ordered the building of a ‘burh’ or an earthern rampart to protect the small hill top settlement of Warwick. Bursting to the towers with tales of treachery, torture, passion and power and fascinating people, times and events, Warwick Castle is so much more than simply a castle. There is a full programme of events including birds of prey, jousting and the world’s largest trebuchet
    • LUNT ROMAN FORT (0.5 mi)
    • Come and explore this partially-reconstructed timber fort . Stand on the ramparts, explore the exhibition in the granary and imagine yourself training horses in the gyrus – a feature not found anywhere else in the Roman Empire.
Nearby Activities
    • Surfaced paths make it easy! Feed the ducks at Ryton Pool, play games on the picnic meadow and burn off some more energy on the two play areas. If you still want more, why not build a den in the Children’s Wood and have your lunch inside? If you are feeling adventurous then the ancient Ryton Wood is waiting for you to explore, so don’t forget your binoculars. Also pop in to the Visitor Centre and talk to the friendly staff about taking part in our exciting family activities.
    • Your visit to Brandon Marsh Nature Centre starts at the Visitor Centre, opened by Sir David Attenborough in 1998. The Centre contains displays, hands-on activities and information about the nature reserve, as well as a Tea Room and Shop. The Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) and has lots of events and activities for everyone throughout the year.
    • WAR MEMORIAL PARK (2 mi)
    • Approximately 48.5 hectares in size, the park consists of two distinct areas, the formal garden with the War Memorial and the sports facilities areas with playing fields, golf course, THE NEW Splash ‘n’ Play Park and play areas.
    • The perfect location for a family day out in the great outdoors. We have a children’s play area, climbing forest, picnic benches and barbecue areas, a bird hide, woodlands, open space for the children to play and of course plenty of ducks and swans to feed!
    • Whether you come to unwind or have fun, there’s plenty for all at Draycote Water. Activities range from birdwatching and game fishing to walking and watersports.
Local Events
    • GODIVA FESTIVAL (2 mi)
    • Steeped in a rich tradition the Godiva Festival continues to amaze audiences year on year. Since 1998 the festival has been held in War Memorial Park, Coventry, although the beginnings were planted as far back as 1190 when monks cast from Coventry Priory told the story of their benefactress, Lady Godiva. With rock, pop, hip hop and acoustic artists, orchestras, comedy acts, a human circus and sublime entertainment, it is not hard to see why the Godiva Festival attracts more than 80,000 visitor
Local Amenities
  • A licensed store with food, drink & other miscellaneous products and sevices. The Post Office Services include: Passport Check & Send, Currency – Euro & US Dollars on demand and Moneygrams.
  • Family run garden centre and nursery. Acres of pleasure gardens and large maze. Biggest display of paving and landscaping products in the country.Home grown quality plants. Expert advice on all aspects of gardening. Large selection of composts, pots, chemicals and garden sundries. Open 7 days a week.
  • SMITH’S NURSERIES (0.5 mi)
  • Smith’s Nurseries was established in 1942 and more than 80% of the stock is grown on our site in Baginton. We have shrubs, bedding, bulbs, seeds, fruit and ornamental trees, including topiary species, hedging and Christmas trees.You can buy a wide variety of items in our shop including pots, tools, greenhouses, watering systems, bird care products and ornaments. We can also supply landscape gardening, commercial planting and consultancy services.
  • BUS SERVICE (0.25 mi)
  • The times for the 539 and 580 services are combined onto a single timetable for ease of use. Please note that the 580 service does not go on to Kenilworth. Full information is available on the Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel website at www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk/bus-services.html
M40 – Junction 15

(10.0mi, 16.1km)

Leave the M40 at junction 15, then at Longbridge roundabout take the 4th exit, then merge onto the A46 – signposted M69, Coventry.
At Stivichall Interchange branch left, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto unnamed road.
Turn left onto Howes Lane – B4115 and then left onto Mill Hill.
Continue up Mill Hill and forward onto Coventry Road.
At the mini-roundabout go straight over.
Past the Post Office on right and Chinese Take-Away on left.
Continue on Coventry Road for about 500 mtrs.

M1 / M6

(18.0mi, 29.0km)

Leave M1, Junction 19.
Join M6 motorway signposted The North West, Birmingham.
Leave M6, Junction 2, then at roundabout take 1st exit.
Rroundabout take 1st exit signposted Warwick A46
Roundabout – 3rd exit, then merge onto the A46 signposted all traffic
Roundabout – 1st exit – A46 signposted Warwick, Rugby A428
Roundabout – 2nd exit – A46 signposted Coventry South, Warwick
Tollbar End roundabout take 2nd exit – Siskin Drive
Roundabout – 2nd exit – Rowley Road
Left onto Coventry Road


(11.4mi, 18.3km)

Leave M1, Junction 17 – signposted M45.
At roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A45.
At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A45.
* * Warning: Speed Cameras along the A45 * *
At Ryton roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A45.
Past the Post Office on right and Chinese Take-Away on left.
Continue on Coventry Road for about 500 mtrs.
At Tollbar End roundabout take the 1st exit onto Siskin Drive.
At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Rowley Road.
Turn left onto Coventry Road.

Nearby Attractions

MIDLAND AIR MUSEUM (0.7mi, 1.1km)

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