A former Carmelite friary founded in 1342 and having the longest friary church in England. It was closed in 1538 as part to the dissolution of the Monasteries and sold to John Hales. He had much of the monastery demolished, including the church, but retaining part of the cloister into a private home.
Queen Elizabeth I, on her only visit to Coventry, stayed Whitefriars and spoke to the citizens of Coventry from the main window.
After a period of time as a private home the Whitefriars has been used as a workhouse, a Salvation Army hostel and in 1970 converted into a museum.
Once in the possession of the Trust the buildings will be upgraded. The Trust is in ongoing discussions with various parties to open up the building to the public and use for a variety of educational activities