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:

  • Step into England's history and find an event near you.
  • Become a knight or princess for the day at Bolsover Castle.
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Places to visit : East Midlands

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

Knights and Princesses Academy
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Mon 9 - Fri 13 Feb 2015

Polish your armour and dust off your tiara, it’s time to learn the tools of the trade as you become a knight or princess for the day.

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