Rupert the Fish at the market
Pay a virtual visit to Coventry market
Coventry's retail market is one of the oldest circular, indoor markets in Europe. We took a closer look to bring you a virtual tour.
Coventry's market is the oldest undertaking held by Coventry City Council, as it gave the city the right to hold a market for the first time in 1346.
Since then, the market has changed locations, been flattened by the luftwaffe and has been through many facelifts before becoming the centrepiece of the new-look lower precinct in 2002.
Since that early charter, Coventry's markets moved around various locations in the city centre until the market opened in its current location in 1958.
Coventry market roundabout
The market was the first indoor, circular market in Europe and although there have been a number of changes over the years, it retains many original features.
One feature that vanished during the market's facelift and redevelopment work was the famous roundabout.
However, it was re-opened in 2003 due to public demand and is as popular now as it ever was.
Coventry Market is now home to more than 170 stalls and is all under cover after the recent renovations.
Many of the stalls have been in the same family for generations and sell everything from fresh fruit and veg to meat and clothes.
There are a number of specialist stalls too, including a new fish market.
It attracts thousands of visitors to the city every year, as well as being a popular meeting place and shopping venue for city folk.
Next time you drop in, take some time to look for some of the historic aspects, like artwork included from the original market. It's well worth seeking out!
For more information on the market, including opening times, see the official website.
last updated: 18/04/2008 at 15:01