We've created our very own beer! Be the first to try 'Olde Tower Mild' as we transform Lady Herbert's into a special beer garden for the city centre in a day of drinks, food and live music. Cheers!
Brewed in collaboration with local, award winning Dhillon’s Brewery, ‘Olde Tower Mild’ was inspired by the Olde Tower Inn, a timber-framed pub dating to the 15th century once adjacent to Cook Street Gate. Before its demolition in the 1960s, the pub was built directly onto the gatehouse, providing the only access following the destruction of the city walls in 1662. A traditional midlands mild, the beer will highlight the amazing history of the site and visitors are invited to Lady Herbert's Beer Garden to be the first to try Coventry's newest beer, inspired by one of the city's oldest buildings.
Both city gates will also be open 11:30am-5pm on the day for visitors to explore.
Lady Herbert's Beer Garden
- Street food stalls
- Live music
- Dhillon's bar
Selection of street food by Spanish Caravan and Karke Authentic Lebanese.
Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks served up by Dhillon’s Brewery.
All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs are welcome in Lady Herbert’s Garden, but we do ask that they please be kept on a lead at all times.
As this is an outdoor event, visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear and weather appropriate clothing.
There will be a stretch tent to provide cover from wet weather.
Access the event via the main garden gate nearest the Transport Museum, or the side gate on Chauntry Place.
Please note that the only step free access to the main lawn will be via the side gate on Chauntry Place.
Visitors are advised that the main lawn where the event will be taking place is uneven underfoot throughout.
Lady Herbert’s Garden
Lady Herbert's Garden
The garden was developed in the 1930s by Sir Alfred Herbert, a local industrialist and philanthropist famous for his many charitable acts in Coventry. Sir Alfred designed the garden for his wife Florence, aka ‘Lady Herbert’, to be a ‘haven of peace and floral beauty’ in the busy city centre. A big supporter of local heritage, Sir Alfred wanted to highlight the surviving section of medieval city wall and two gatehouses.
Sadly, Florence died just one day before the official plans were approved to build the garden, so she never saw the project completed. However, Sir Alfred made sure that she would always be remembered by using her initials ‘FH’ on all the original gates and railings as well as atop Swanswell Gate. Next time you’re in the garden, see if you can spot them!
Recently, Historic Coventry Trust have been working with Coventry City Council and volunteers to carry out extensive new planting in the garden, inspired by the original 1930s planting plan. Lady Herbert’s is now looking lovelier than ever.. come and see for yourself!