Lady Herbert's Trail

Discover the history of Lady Herbert's Garden and the city gates.

In March 2023, we installed a series of informative interpretation boards in Lady Herbert's Garden, to share the story of the gates and garden. Click on the links below to learn more about the site's six centuries of history...


Swanswell Gate and Cook Street Gate are the last remaining two of an original twelve gatehouses that once punctuated Coventry’s medieval city wall. Today, they stand in Coventry’s city centre framed by Lady Herbert’s Garden, as a monument to the city’s heritage.

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Historic Coventry Trust have restored both city gates, removing them from the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register.

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Come and get involved. Support us to give a future to the city’s heritage by joining our volunteer team, or by donating online.

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