Charterhouse Heritage Park

Overview

The landscape around Charterhouse includes green fields, woodland, the River Sherbourne, a disused historic railway line the Grade II listed Sherbourne Viaduct.

The area provides a green lung for the city, a home for local wildlife, a much-loved area for dog walking and, in winter, some of the best sledging slopes in Coventry! It also incorporates 19th century Paxton’s Arboretum and our recently restored Anglican Chapel, which is available for hire.

Wildlife in the park

The Heritage Park is home to a surprising variety of wildlife. The river is populated by moorhens, mallards, little egrets, heron, grey wagtails, kingfishers, dragonflies and damselflies. Roaming the landscape are muntjac deer, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and rabbits. In the air, there are at least three different kinds of bat, as well as swifts, pheasants, buzzards, sparrowhawks, kestrels, pied and grey wagtails, woodpeckers, and many butterfly species.

Sherbourne Viaduct

The viaduct was designed by Robert Stephenson in 1837 as part of the world’s first major inter-city railway.

Opened in 1838, the bridge carries the Birmingham Loop Line across the river and into Coventry.

The viaduct was designated Grade II listed status in 2015, for its historical significance as a ‘skilful handling of the challenge of crossing the River Sherbourne’, and as the work of Stephenson, one of the country’s most venerated engineers.

It now forms part of the Charterhouse Heritage Park, framed by the urban green space.

With support from Severn Trent Community Fund and Coventry City Council, Historic Coventry Trust started work in 2022 to create a new cycle and pedestrian path along the former railway goods line (the Loop Line), linking Charterhouse and Gosford Green. Click here for more information about the ongoing work.

What's on at Charterhouse Heritage Park

Blossomise at Charterhouse
Sun 21 April 2024

Blossomise at Charterhouse

Charterhouse, Sun 21 April 2024 | 12.00pm - 4.00pm

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and the band LYR celebrate the National Trust’s annual Festival of Blossom and the uplifting sight of spring at Charterhouse. The house and gardens will be open to explore and there will be free family activities in the new Blossom and natural play space.

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Blossom Day at Charterhouse
Sun 21 April

Blossom Day at Charterhouse

Charterhouse, Sun 21 April | 12pm - 4pm

Celebrate with us as we officially open the new blossom and natural play space in the grounds of the Charterhouse Heritage Park. 

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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust events at Charterhouse
Mon 25 Mar - Mon 29 Apr

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust events at Charterhouse

Charterhouse, Mon 25 Mar - Mon 29 Apr |

Sherbourne Valley Project team lead sessions to learn about and investigate the wildlife in Charterhouse Heritage Park. Suitable for families.

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Family bioblitz for City Nature Challenge – Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Fri 26 April

Family bioblitz for City Nature Challenge – Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Charterhouse, Fri 26 April | 11am - 1pm

Join the Sherbourne Valley Project team in this family bioblitz at Charterhouse! We will use the iNaturalist app to record as many wildlife species as possible to put Coventry on the map for the international City Nature Challenge.

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Find us

Sat Nav Destination: CV1 2JR

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Parking

Visitors arriving by car should park in the Charterhouse car park.

Volunteer

If you’d like to get involved in the protection and restoration of the Charterhouse Heritage Park and the transformation of the loop line, come and volunteer with us.

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Stay with us

Stay in some of the West Midlands’ most important historic buildings nearby. Stay in a fairy-tale medieval gatehouse, or one of four gorgeous timber-framed cottages.

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Contact Us

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