Days Out in the East Midlands

Bolsover Castle

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 summer opening hours, meaning that there is even more time for you to enjoy our properties and events on your visit. Please check opening times before you travel.

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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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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

Cavalier Horsemanship (11am)
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Good Friday Fri 18 - Easter Monday Mon 21 Apr 2014

Witness expert horsemen in flamboyant 17th Century costume put horses through their paces to Baroque music in the spectacular surroundings of the Riding School at Bolsover Castle.

Cavalier Horsemanship (1pm)
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Good Friday Fri 18 - Easter Monday Mon 21 Apr 2014

Witness expert horsemen in flamboyant 17th Century costume put horses through their paces to Baroque music in the spectacular surroundings of the Riding School at Bolsover Castle.

Cavalier Horsemanship (3pm)
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Good Friday Fri 18 - Easter Monday Mon 21 Apr 2014

Witness expert horsemen in flamboyant 17th Century costume put horses through their paces to Baroque music in the spectacular surroundings of the Riding School at Bolsover Castle.

Easter Adventure Quest
Venue: Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire
Date: Good Fri 18 - Easter Mon 21 Apr 2014

Young adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! Join our quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Ashby De La Zouch. Rise to the challenge and you’ll win a yummy chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

St George's Day
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Sat 26 & Sun 27 Apr 2014

Witness the ultimate showdown as gallant St George takes on his arch nemesis in England’s most legendary battle.

Bricks and Mortar - The First of the Tudor Castles
Venue: Kirby Muxloe Castle, Leicestershire, Leicestershire
Date: Mon 28 Apr

Join leading historical brickwork consultant, Dr Gerard Lynch aka The Red Mason, for an in-depth look at Kirby Muxloe Castle.

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