The counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland comprise England’s East Midlands.
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Derbyshire’s variety of attractions provides something of interest for everyone. The Peak District National Park makes for a dramatic landscape, while further south the dales and woodlands prevail. The county’s historic churches celebrate well-dressing each year. Blue John mines offer underground tours to visitors.
The treasure house, Chatsworth, home to the Dukes of Devonshire makes for a stunning day out. It’s one of a number of historic homes in the county that include Bess of Hardwick’s home.
Derby, home of the Royal Crown Derby, also has a cathedral. The Crich Tramway Museum is a family attraction.
Nottinghamshire’s main claim to fame is the legend of Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood. Visit the city of Nottingham to learn all about the history of the county. This county also has a number of historic homes, including Newstead Abbey, home of the poet Lord Byron.
Lovers of outdoor attractions will want to visit Clumber Park’s 3800 acres of wooded parkland and Creswell Crags with its prehistoric caves and limestone gorge walk.
Lincolnshire is known for its many historical churches including Lincoln cathedral. Lincoln Castle is home to an original copy of the Magna Carta.
Gainsborough Old Hall is just one of a number of fascinating medieval and stately homes in the county. The fen area is an attraction in its own right. Don’t miss the towns of Boston and Grantham. Stamford is a Georgian limestone town of historic significance. Burghley House, near Stamford, is a not to be missed Elizabethan mansion.
Leicestershire’s claim to fame is based on its cheese and pork pies. But there’s more to the county than good eats. The county town, Leicester, has a number of interesting museums and a 14-16th century guildhall. The county is home to the Great Central Railway and the historic Bosworth Battlefield, the site of the deciding battle of the War of the Roses.
Outdoor lovers won’t be short of attractions which include Bradgate Park, complete with deer and the ruins of Lady Jane Grey’s home. Like other English counties Leicestershire has its fair share of historic home including Belvoir Castle.
Rutland is England’s smallest county and the location of Rutland Water, Europe’s largest man-made lake. There are a number of interesting homes, villages, and places of worship to visit.
Northamptonshire has a rich history. Stately homes and churches along with royal connections are part of the county’s past.
Althorp was home to Diana, the princess of Wales. Southwick Hall, Lamport Hall, and The Prebendal Manor house are just a few more of the many stately homes. This county is also noted for its churches.
Photo of Althorp House Library courtesy Althorp. Other photos by Barbara Ballard