The ninth largest city in England, Coventry has a population of about 300,000 people. Like many cities in the Midlands, it was heavily involved in manufacturing during the 19th-century and also enjoyed a boom period as a centre of car production in the 1950s and 60s. Arguably its most famous modern landmark is St Michael’s Cathedral, an impressive modern structure, built after the original 14th-century cathedral was destroyed by the Luftwaffe. The University of Warwick also lies on Coventry’s outskirts.
Coventry is near the M6, M69, M45 and M40 motorways. It is also served by the A45 and A46 dual carriageways. The nearest major airports are Birmingham International Airport, some 17 km (11 miles) to the west of the city and Coventry Airport in Baginton, located 8 km (5 miles) south of the city centre.