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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Overview

Investigate the natural world, modern art, and the Old Masters. Wander through dazzling interactive displays and enjoy the latest exhibitions while admiring the building’s unique architecture.

As well as the art gallery’s ever-changing displays which are often created in partnership with national museums, the Herbert offers a wide range of detailed talks, fantastic events and inventive workshops for adults and families. The Herbert Art Gallery encourages creativity, exploration and fun.

Gain a fresh perspective on the legend of Lady Godiva, discover your ancestors’ history in the Coventry Archives, and explore British & European paintings from the 1500s onwards. All of this is just a stone’s throw away from Coventry Cathedral.

Our permanent galleries range from the Visual Arts, to Social and Industrial History, Archaeology and Natural History, there is something for every visitor. The Herbert is also home to Coventry Archives, the city’s destination for historical documents, photographs, maps and archival materials.

You can also book special tours of the Old Grammar School and Medieval Undercroft should you wish to explore Coventry’s rich history further.

Visitor Info

How to find us

At  Coventry inner ring-road, turn off at Junction 3 or 5 and follow the brown signs for the Herbert. There are several Pay & Display car parks available within walking distance. For directions using sat-nav or route planners use the postcode CV1 5QP. Alternatively, a park and ride service for the city centre is operated from War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road in the south of the City.

All buses terminate in the city centre, and most buses stop at Pool Meadow bus station. The Herbert is approximately 5 minutes walk from Pool Meadow, and 10 minutes from most other stopping places in the city centre. There are signposts across the city directing people to the Herbert, and we are situated next to the Cathedral so are easy to find. 

Most bus services in Coventry and the surrounding areas are operated by National Express. For full details on their services please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or go to www.nxcoventry.co.uk

From Coventry station it is a 10 – 15 minute walk into the city centre. Buses and taxis are also available from the railway station. Plan your trainride with London Northwestern Railway.

There are some bike storage racks outside of the museum and nearby on University Square. There is also rack storage at Coventry Train Station

The Art Gallery & Museum opening hours (including bank holidays) are:

Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Exhibitions & Events: https://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/

Free admission

 

 

 

Accessibility

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum has a range of features designed to improve accessibility.

There is level access to each gallery floor and transfer between floors by lift.

There are accessible toilets on both ground and first floors.

Baby-change facilities are on the ground floor. The Herbert is proud to be breastfeeding friendly.

Gallery text panels and printed information has been designed to be easy to read.

Please note that Gallery lighting conditions vary between exhibition areas.

 

Conferences & meetings

In addition to being an award-winning gallery and museum, we also offer a variety of spaces available for hire, with something to suit every type of event.

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum offers a diverse range of specialist support, products, and services to assist a broad range of needs. 

As a non-profit making charity all proceeds from these activities goes towards supporting free admission, important work with the local community and maintaining our collections for future generations. 

Products and services range from the private hire of our rooms and recording studio facilities, film making and creative media training to conservation and research services.

Please contact hospitality@culturecoventry.com or telephone 02476 234296 to discuss your requirements OR Visit Unique Coventry Venues for more information.

 

Weddings

Please contact us to discuss your wedding requirements.

 

Facilities

The toilets, including accessible facilities, are on the ground floor, and also on the first floor next. The nearest Changing Places facility is at Central Library, which is approximately ¼ mile away. 

Alfred’s Café is situated to the left of the main entrance. The café is fully wheelchair and pushchair accessible. 

Baby changing facilities are available in the accessible. 

Breastfeeding and bottle feeding are welcome throughout the museum. Should you and your baby prefer more privacy, a parent room is available.

The shop can be found at the main museum entrance.

Please ask at Reception if you need any assistance. 

Assistance/support dogs are welcome at the Museum.

 

Food & Drink

Enjoyed your visit, and finished shopping? Then why not head to Alfred’s – our in-house Cafe and treat yourself to an array of delicious food and beverages.

Opening Times:

The Café bar is open from 8am on weekdays for takeaway coffee.

The Café venue is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Sunday, 12pm – 4pm

Any dietary requirements? Then simply speak with a member of staff.

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