City Gates

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These Grade I Listed gates and the section of wall in between are the remains of the 2 mile long city wall that once ringed the city centre. Now set in the outstanding Lady Herbert’s Garden, Swanswell Gate and Cook Street Gate will be brought back into use by the Trust as unique holiday cottages.

Both buildings will be fully restored and removed from the Heritage At Risk register. In addition to sympathetic repairs to the buildings, each city gate will be fully restored and adapted internally to create high quality accommodation, combining comfort with a heritage feel. Cook Street Gate will provide a single studio unit, accessed by new stairs, and including kitchen and bathroom facilities. Swanswell Gate will provide accommodation on three floors, and will be able to sleep a family or small group.

In addition to the restoration as bespoke visitor accommodation, we will collaborate with the local community to deliver a programme of events and activities that interprets the heritage for a wide audience. This will include open days and activities. This will bring life back to the adjacent gardens while helping people make sense of their shared history.

New uses for the buildings will help tell the story of Coventry’s medieval (and later) heritage and will bring new visitors to the city, enhancing the economy of the area.

The City Gates – A History 

The Gates and Gardens – Community History