Coventry’s many nicknames, new and old

Coventry has an abundance of nicknames, and here are some of our favourites.


A short-form version of Coventry, this is undoubtedly the city’s most popular nickname.

We need not explain where this one comes from, is it not obvious? It’s even in our name – HelloCov.

Short and sweet, and revered by locals.

‘Britain’s Detroit’ and ‘Motor City’

An allusion to the city’s motorcar industry, this nicknames arises from Coventry’s historic status as the centre of British car manufacturing, akin to Detriot in the United States, where Ford Motors is based.

These appellations both date back to at least 1916.

City of Peace and Reconciliation

Coventry famously responded with dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation and peace, to the devastation that was the Coventry Blitz, and is thus now recognised globally as a City of Peace and Reconciliation.

This nickname was adopted from 2008 onwards, as part of the City of Sanctuary movement.

City of three spires

This one’s fairly obvious.

Referring to the three ancient spires found across the city centre – St Michael’s Tower spire; Holy Trinity Church spire; and Christ Church spire, since converted into a bar.

City of Culture

Newest of all, this isn’t just a nickname, it’s a well-earned title.

Since being announced as the UK’s City of Culture 2021, Coventry has already become known to many by the title, and we don’t think it’ll go away anytime soon.

The sky blue city

This is one for the football fans.

A reference to Coventry City Football Club, nicknamed The Sky Blues because of the colour of their strip, emblem and football kit.