Visit - East Midlands

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.

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Things to do this season

Meet the peacocks at Kirby Hall

The peacocks at Kirby Hall are a firm favourite among visitors. When you visit the Elizabethean manor, follow the children's trail featuring Edmund the peacock, who will lead you on an adventure to discover fun facts and activities.

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Discover the Cavendish Horses

At Bolsover Castle you can experience the spectacular art of dressage. On select days, the castle’s Riding School is brought to life with displays performed to evocative Baroque music.

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Climb to the top of a castle

Peveril Castle, in Derbyshire, is one of England’s earliest Norman fortress. Take a climb up to the top of the castle and enjoy breath-taking views over Hope Valley.


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Enjoy a picnic with spectacular views

Our atmospheric sites make the perfect location for a picnic. Enjoy looking out on the beautiful moat at Kirby Muxloe Castle, the striking ruins of Ashby De La Zouch Castle and the stunning recreated gardens at Kirby Hall.

  • A Weekend in Derbyshire

    Between the M1 and the moors lie the manor houses and market towns which were once the domain of a remarkable Tudor woman, Bess of Hardwick. Stay on her Hardwick estate and explore this diverse county on a history-inspired weekend away.

  • Walking Guide: Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale

    Facing each other across a valley, Bolsover Castle and the ruin of Sutton Scarsdale Hall seem very different. Discover the landscape which connects them on the 7 mile countryside walk.

  • A weekend in the East Midlands

    For a weekend away, there are castles, houses and museums to explore in the East Midlands. Stay at Kirby Hall’s peacock cottage and explore the history around every corner of this county.

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  • Summer Days Out

    Delve into action-packed events, get away on an escape into history and find inspiration for a historical summer the whole family will love.

  • Days out with dogs

    Explore our sites with your four-legged friends this summer.

  • Legendary Summer 2023

    Experience legendary drama at one of our blockbuster historical events taking place across the country this summer.

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Take a break from the hubbub of daily life by exploring a range of picturesque and tranquil English Heritage sites in the East Midlands. Make the most of what this region and the rest of the country has to offer with an English Heritage Membership. Enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of historic places plus free and discounted entry to our fantastic events.

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