Days Out in the East Midlands

Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire

From lavish houses and palaces to invigorating walks and spectacular views from hilltop castles, a day out in the East Midlands is an adventure for all the family this season.

We have now switched to our winter opening hours, meaning that while many properties are open at weekends and are running events for all, there may be restricted access during the week. Please check opening times before travelling.

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Places to visit in the East Midlands

  • Kirby Hall: One of England's greatest Elizabethan houses with exceptional recreated formal gardens.
  • Bolsover Castle: A uniquely preserved example from an age of extravagance.
  • Peveril Castle: Stunning views over the Peak District from this Norman fortress and latter-day prison.

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Our pick of things to do in the East Midlands this season:

  • Witness expert horsemen put horses through their paces at Bolsover Castle for Cavalier Horsemanship!
  • Have you got what it takes to brave Bolsover Castle after dark?
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Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle

Derbyshire

'By an unlikely miracle, the keep at Bolsover has survived into this century as an almost untouched expression in stone of the lost world of Elizabethan chivalry and romance.'

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Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle

Derbyshire

Founded soon after 1066 by William Peverel, one of William the Conqueror's most trusted knights, Peveril Castle offers breathtaking views of the Peak District from its position high above Castleton.

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Hardwick Old Hall
Hardwick Old Hall

Derbyshire

The remodelled family home of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England, stands beside the New Hall she raised later in the 1590s.

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Kirby Hall
Kirby Hall

Northamptonshire

Kirby Hall is one of England's greatest Elizabethan and 17th-century houses. Begun by Sir Humphrey Stafford, it was purchased by Sir Christopher Hatton, one of Queen Elizabeth's 'comely young men'.

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Ashby de la Zouch Castle
Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Leicestershire

Ashby Castle forms the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes in Sir Walter Scott's classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe. Now a ruin, the castle began as a manor house in the 12th century.

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Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace
Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace

Lincolnshire

Standing almost in the shadow of Lincoln cathedral, with sweeping views over the ancient city and the countryside beyond.

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Events : East Midlands

Creepy Castle at Night
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Fri 31 Oct & Sat 01 Nov 2014

Have you got what it takes to brave the castle after dark? Discover dastardly deeds and freaky fun around every corner!

Kirby Hall Guided Tour
Venue: Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire
Date: Sun 23 Nov

Join us for a tour of Kirby Hall, where we will look at the architecture that was fashionable in the 1570s, when the Hall was built. Hear stories of the families who lived here and their aspirations.

Ghost Tours
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Sat 29 Nov 2014

Join our eerie evening tour around Bolsover Castle and hear tales of dark deeds, ghostly apparitions and scary happenings. (Over 16s only).

Medieval Christmas Market
Venue: Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, Lincolnshire
Date: Thu 04 Dec 2014

Go medieval this Christmas by browsing the range of historic market stalls selling a variety of festive goods and gifts amid the grand surroundings of Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace!

Medieval Christmas Market
Venue: Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, Lincolnshire
Date: Fri 05 Dec 2014

Go medieval this Christmas by browsing the range of historic market stalls selling a variety of festive goods and gifts amid the grand surroundings of Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace!

Medieval Christmas Market
Venue: Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, Lincolnshire
Date: Sat 06 Dec 2014

Go medieval this Christmas by browsing the range of historic market stalls selling a variety of festive goods and gifts amid the grand surroundings of Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace!

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