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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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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

Muskets and Masques: Charles I at Bolsover
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jul 2014

Prepare your bow and perfect your curtsey as you meet King Charles I on his royal visit to Bolsover Castle.

Love’s Welcome at Bolsover
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jul 2014

Join us as we embark on a faithful reproduction of the entertainment written and performed for King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria's visit to Bolsover Castle in 1634.

Medieval Fighting Knights
Venue: Peveril Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Sat 26 - Sun 27 Jul

Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval tournament. Swords will be wielded and helmets battered - who will reign supreme and become champion?

Lace Making Display at Hardwick Old Hall
Venue: Hardwick Old Hall, Derbyshire
Date: Sat 26 Jul

Inspired Lacemakers are delighted to be demonstrating their craft at Hardwick Old Hall

Kings and Queens Academy
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Mon 28 Jul - Fri 01 Aug 2014

Put on a right royal welcome at Bolsover Castle as we teach you to avoid the pitfalls of palace life and impress your regal rulers.

Cavalier Horsemanship
Venue: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Date: Sat 02 & Sun 03 Aug 2014

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

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