Swanswell Gate

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Swanswell Gate is one of the two remaining medieval city gates, built around 1440. It has now been converted into luxury holiday accommodation, and provides a unique place to stay in the heart of Coventry.

The property retains the character of the medieval gatehouse now combined with modern luxury to provide high quality self-contained accommodation.

Swanswell Gate is a three storey property with one large double bedroom, and sleeps two people. The property suits a couple or an independent visitor.

Please note that this historic property has steep steps, to both the first and second floors.

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Address and Postcode: Swanswell Gate, Coventry, CV1 1JD

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There is no car parking on the site. The nearest car park is Bishop Street / Tower Street car park (CV1 1JN) which is located just four minutes’ walk away. For further information please see here.

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Swanswell Gate is a three-storey gatehouse – a historic building with modern luxury.

Original features such as the unique historic stonework are combined with modern luxury to ensure a really comfortable stay. A luxurious bed and plenty of hot water in a modern shower, along with all you need in the kitchen and living areas are available right in the heart of the city. With views over Lady Herbert’s Garden, Swanswell Gate is an oasis in this historic city.

Downstairs there is a modern kitchen-dining room, with Corian grey quartz worktops, modern Neff cooker with induction hob, integrated dishwasher, microwave, fridge with icebox, and quality cooking equipment.

On the first floor is a living room, with comfy modern sofa, flat-screen HD TV and dual aspect windows with a view over to Lady Herbert’s Garden. Guests can also view the original stone arch of the gatehouse from this floor.

On the second floor is a large double bedroom and a generously sized bathroom, with a large luxury shower.

Further detailed information about your stay can be found here.

What’s included?

  • All bedlinens & towels
  • Modern heating
  • Unlimited, high speed internet access is free for all guests.
  • A welcome tray (usually includes tea, coffee, milk and other essentials)


Swanswell Gate is an historic building (dating to the 15th century). There are steep winding steps to both first and second floors. While there are sturdy handrails fitted to the staircases, we would not recommend the property to those with mobility issues, or to those with babies, toddlers, or older infants.

There is also a historic low door to the staircase on the ground-floor – mind your head!


We appreciate that your dogs are key members of your family and therefore you may want them to accompany you on your stay here in Coventry. We confirm that well behaved dogs are welcome in Swanswell Gate. However, should you wish to bring along your dog in all cases you must inform us of this prior to your arrival. We will make a charge of £10 per dog, per night.  We ask that dogs must not be left un-accompanied and able to roam free in the property or its grounds. We ask that you keep your dogs to common areas and dogs are not allowed into the bedrooms or on any furniture.


Swanswell Gate was one of 12 original medieval city wall gates, and is one of only two remaining (the other being Cook Street Gate). The building was completed around 1440 and was then known as Priory Gate, having originally served as the entrance to the prior’s land. Remains of Coventry’s city walls can be found in the adjacent Lady Herbert’s Garden. Find out more about the history of the building and its restoration here.


Swanswell Gate is located right in the heart of the city, overlooking Lady Herbert’s Garden, and steps away from the Coventry Transport Museum. Come and see an exciting range of music at the recently restored Drapers’ Hall, just up the road. Rediscover your local High Street with its independent shops, restaurants and pubs on the nearby historic Burges and Hales StreetCoventry Cathedral, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum are only a few minutes’ walk away. Coventry has loads of great places to eat, drink and explore. For example, the Metropolis restaurant. Click here for more things to see and do.

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