Coventry is less than an hour from London, 30 minutes from Birmingham and only 10 miles from Royal Leamington Spa, as such the city is served by several major transport links.
Our central exhibition venue, The CET Building, is a disused, semi-industrial and pre-restoration space and as such not all areas are totally accessible.
There is a cloakroom available at The CET Building. Several of our venues including The CET Building and Fargo Village have resource rooms where you can learn more about our exhibitions and the artists we are working with. Toilets are located at most of our venues. There are also publics toilets located at: Central Library (Smithford Way) and West Orchards Shopping Centre.
Urban will be running a pop-up eatery at The CET Building throughout the Biennial. They are Coventry’s very own nomadic, Caribbean fusion, street food vendors who specialise in wholesome vegetarian food. The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum also has a fantastic cafe and our Information Hub at Fargo Village has a well stocked bar.
All of our exhibitions are FREE to visit, however, some events have an admission charge which are noted on relevant listings on our programme page. Most of our exhibitions are open daily from 11am – 6pm, some partner venues operate different opening times, these are noted on relevent listings within our programme.
Need help or have a question when visiting? Information Hubs at The CET Building and FarGo Village are being staffed by our team of amazing volunteers who can be identified by their orange t-shirts.
Around the City
Coventry is a diverse and energetic city, there are many great places to eat, drink and relax. Our particular favorites include:
Finneys Coffee House
Inspire Cafe Bar
Drapers Bar and Kitchen
Twisted Barrel Brewery
Market Way Food Court
Additional Places of Interest
Post-war public art is well represented in Coventry and you can find works by Sir Jacob Epstein, Alma Ramsey and John Bridgeman across the city centre. The city also has a particularly strong theatre and performance scene.
During the Biennial there is a new show at the fantastic Shop Front Theatre in the City Centre and new shows at Warwick Art Centre and Mead Gallery which is 5 miles from the City Centre.
Trains run directly from Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham International and London Euston. For train timetable and fare enquiries visit National Rail or call 08457 48 49 50.
Coventry station is a 15 minute walk from our central exhibition venue and information hub The CET Building and The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. FarGo is 25 minutes walk away.
There is a taxi rank directly outside the railway station and a taxi to The CET Building will cost around £4 and take just a few minutes.
We are offering FREE parking at our central exhibition venue The CET Building, please note that spaces are limited.
The M1, M6 and M40 all provide access to Coventry. From all directions follow signs for Coventry City Centre and exit the Ring Road at junction 9, our car park is signposted from Lamb Street. Information on alternative car park’s can be found at: Council Parking
Park & Ride
A park & ride service for the City Centre is operated by Centro from Kenilworth Road in the south of the City and from Austin Drive in the north. Information can be found at: Centro
Most City Centre buses stop right outside our central exhibition venue The CET Building on Corporation Street as well as at Pool Meadow, the central bus station, which is only a 5 or 10 minute walk to most of our other venues. The number 900 bus runs regally from Birmingham City Centre to Pool Meadow in Coventry. For bus enquiries please visit Network West Midlands or call the travel line on 0871 200 22 33.
The closest airport is Birmingham International which offers direct flights to and from Europe and around the world. The airport is served by Birmingham International Train Station which has direct trains into Coventry which take around 10 minutes. Information can be found at: Birmingham Airport