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Attractions in the East Midlands

Attractions in the East Midlands are plentiful from acres of lush farmlands and the beautiful Peak District which is the second most popular national park in the world and draws visitors to  enjoy walking amidst the amazing scenery, to its Cities and Towns such as Nottingham with its history of lace-making, its castle and its association with Robin Hood and Lincoln with its famous cathedral. Families can enjoy days out at  Twycross Zoo  or the National Space Centre and for speed enthusiasts there are racetracks such as Rockingham Motor Speedway, Donington Park, Mallory Park,  Cadwell Park and  Silverstone Circuit which hosts the British Grand Prix. The East Midlands also includes Rutland Water which is popular for sailing, fishing and bird-watching.

Counties of the East Midlands-Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland

The Peak District

The Peak District lies in Northern and Central England but mainly in Derbyshire. Most of the area falls within the Peak District National Park, whose designation in 1951 made it the first National Park in the Brish Isles. This beautiful area attracts an estimated 22 million visitors every year……Read More


Set in the Peak District, Dovedale is a popular dale owned by the National Trust and attracts millions of visitors every year. The River Dove runs through the dale for just over 3 miles and there are two caves known as the ‘Dove Holes’. Other attractions include rock pillars such as Ilam Rock, Viator’s Bridge…..Read more

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, is one of the most significant Elizabethan country houses in England. In common with its architect Robert Smythson’s other works at both Longleat House and Wollaton Hall, Hardwick Hall is one of the earliest examples of the English interpretation of the Renaissance style of architecture…..Read more

Mr.Straw’s House

Mr Straw’s House is situated at number 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S81 0JG. It is a three-storey house which belonged to the Straw family during the 1920s and 30s. After their parents died, the remaining brothers, William and Walter, remained in the house without changing any of the interior features…….Read more

Stainsby Mill

Stainsby Mill is a 19th-century flour water mill in Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. The mill, which is in full working order, is under the ownership of the National Trust. The mill was originally constructed in 1849–50 and was restored in 1991. The mill is located in the grounds of Hardwick Hall, another National Trust property……Read more

Photo : Stainsby Mill-geograph.org.uk_-Author – Ashley Dace.

Blue John Mines

The Blue John Cavern in the Peak District is a series of caverns considered to be the finest range in Great Britain. Blue John is Britain’s rarest mineral first discovered at Castleton by the Romans almost 2000 years ago. And are the worlds only known deposits of this extremely rare and beautiful stone…..Read more

Staunton Harold Church

Staunton Harold is a civil parish in North West Leicestershire about 3 miles (5 km) north of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish is on the county boundary with Derbyshire and about 9 miles (14 km) south of Derby. The church is set in attractive parkland, and was described by Nikolaus Pevsner….Read more

Photo : Staunton Harold_church-geograph.org.uk_-Author – David Stowell

Foxton Locks

Welcome to Foxton Locks – all the fun of the canals, set in the heart of rural South Leicestershire. Watch colourful narrowboats ascending the ‘staircase’ of ten locks, as their crews turn paddles and heave gates open to move their boats up the hill. Discover the wildlife in the side-ponds – ducks, herons, rare reeds and much more…..Read more

Ellis’s Windmill

This wonderful Lincoln mill is located on Mill Road, so called due to the nine windmills that formerly faced west over the steep slopes of the Lincoln Edge. Ellis Mill is now the sole survivor of these mills and an excellent example of a small tower mill. The Mill dates from 1798 but there has been a mill on this site from at least the middle of the 17th century…..Read more

Rutland Water

Rutland Water is Anglian Water’s drinking water reservoir in the county of Rutland, England, just east of the county townOakham. It provides a reserve supply of water in the driest and most densely populated quarter of the United Kingdom and is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe…..Read more

Photo : Normaton church at Rutland Water. Author-Lofty (talk).

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