East Midlands Historic Sites

Historic Sites in East Midlands, England

East Midlands Historic Sites

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What travellers are saying

  • Tracy F
    Devon, UK48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We pre-booked a rooftop tour at Lincoln Cathedral.
    The lovely lady on reception took us through health and safety stuff, which was understandable considering what we had to do!
    We had to pay the entrance fee to cathedral, as well as fee for tour. Although this made the trip relatively expensive, the upkeep of this amazing cathedral needs our help with the fees paid.
    The guide was amazing, friendly, and very knowledgeable.
    Tour took us up some amazing original stone steps to the roof space, we went out onto the roof, and the view was spectacular. Then, along a narrow walkway for an amazing upclose look at a renovated medieval stained glass window and amazing views over the cathedral floor.
    Took slightly longer than advertised, not complaining as we learnt a lot and well worth the fee.
    If you can manage the narrow steep steps and your head for heights is good, I would recommend this tour.
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • LG0417
    London, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked a castle tour which turned out to be a fab idea. We had the amazing Ann as our tour guide. She was great with the kids (boys 12 & 9) holding their interest and involving them in her amazing stories about the history of Lincoln Castle. There was humour in her tour too which made it feel less formal. Ann your an amazing volunteer and great company. Thank you for making the family from West Sussex enjoy their time at the castle.
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • Jonathan W
    Lincoln, UK145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Place to visit, we’re not local but always stop when passing, the park is well kept and we love a good wall and always find something different to do, from exploring the park and watching the deer’s grazing or just relaxing in the shade, has everything you need for a few hours or morning / afternoon, car park is reasonable.
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • Steve_of_N21
    London, UK2,978 contributions
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    This is the type of National Trust property I like because at a flat fee of £19 for adult entrance it’s a huge chunk towards my annual couples NT membership fee. It’s another one where the Nation Trust strategy is to make it so painfully expensive for non members that you are tempted into signing up for membership.
    However here I think there is some justification as the upkeep on this Elizabethan pile and it’s collection of historic tapestries must be enormous, even before you get to the gardens and grounds. The Thirteen 14th century Gideon tapestries cost over £1.7 million to restore on their own.
    The information provided on the tapestries is very good, but information is lacking on other artefacts in each room and you either have to ask the very helpful volunteers for most of the furniture pieces. Fortunately I did find the description document for all the portraits in the Long Hall but they were not prominent. Also apart from a bit of information and a timeline in one of the first rooms there is not a great deal of information on Bess of Hardwick, one of the most colourful and richest women of her time and a friend of Queen Elizabeth I. You have to work out for yourself that she married her first husband Robert Barlow, heir to a neighbouring gentry family, at the age of 15 and nowhere does it tell you (that I could see) that he was only 13, and then 14 when he died the following year. If you are interested best to Google her first before visiting to set the scene
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • vics40
    Bristol, UK355 contributions
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    What a great experience & very interesting!
    The caves in this experience are loacted under the Broadmarsh shopping area, and the insight to how these caves were previously used was fasinacting. Our guide was great! & very knowledgable.
    This is a fab way to spend just over an hour with family, friends, couples or if on a solo visit.
    Written 7 May 2024
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  • DJDavey
    Leicestershire, UK8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place, loads of space, lots to do, even with intermittent heavy showers. Visited with my 3 year old grandson who also enjoyed it, particularly the tunnel and all the stuffed animals.
    Only thing I would advise is that it might be an idea to tell the volunteers in the house to back off a bit. Slightly too officious and invasive. Let visitors do what they want. They will use you if they want to.
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • thegees1
    Reading, UK194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is something for everyone here. There are abundant facilities for children to enjoy including both an indoor and outdoor children's play area. The indoor play area offers soft play for younger ones in the week. There is also a train station where rides can be purchased although you have to hunt for this and we didn't see one signpost.
    The gardens are beautiful and there is the conservatory used in the recent Bridgerton prequel of Queen Charlotte. The house is open & there are many rooms to see. It is on a self tour basis.
    The grounds are extensive with the estate boasting 1500 acres. There are ponds and a lake. Needless to say as a national trust property there are excellent catering facilities. The car park is large and on gravel. There are electric chargers on site but these are even more expensive than the superchargers so we didn't use these.
    Do not miss if you are within the area.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Gena.25
    Leicestershire, UK237 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It cost £11.50 per adult with a free year reentry. When beginning the exhibition, it has a room full of royal history connections explaining the buildup of the war of the roses. there is a big area telling the events leading to the battle of Bosworth. Then there is another exhibit upstairs (available lifts) of theatre and film based on Richard III, an exhibit explaining the findings of Richard III, and what they discovered when they uncovered him. One thing they didnt need was an exhibit of a digger, and a helmet and viz vest.
    Back on the ground floor there is a cafe with a craft area for kids where they can make their own crowns, toliets, and seating outdoors. The staff bring the coffee to you which is a nice change.
    There is another part located by the gift shop where Richard III grave was located. Its amazing to see how shallow it was.
    Overall, a good exhibition worth visiting maybe more than once.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Jane
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!

    Visited before for the Horse Trials but never for the house itself. Very enjoyable visit, informative. Choice of audio guide or not. Chose not to, but enough information in the leaflets for you to learn and spot things without the audio guide.

    Amazing rooms, breathtaking art on view, both framed on the wall or the painted walls themselves.

    Very impressed by the house.

    Then visited the gardens on the way out. Equally impressed with the gardens. Didn't have the time to fully explore. Loved the surprise garden of water features. Also started to discover to sculptures. Like how it isnt an actual trail, you have to wander and keep your eyes open. Will return to discover more in future.
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • J A L
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done National Trust for renovating this Work House at Southwell.There was a lot more to it than We thought there
    Would be & so spent 3 hours learning about the History. Each floor was interesting & informative with National Trust volunteers to answer any additional questions. We were also impressed by the vegetable gardens & bought some produce to take home.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Nora2012_12
    Sao Paulo, SP227 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    They say it’s the oldest pub in the UK as it was established in 1189 . It´s a lovely place right at the exit of Mortimer’s hole, at Nottingham castle. Good beers (well, obviously) and pub plates. We had delicious steak pies, really like homemades. Tables on the outside are a great choice when sun is shining.
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Jo L
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing awesome historic family house loads of history on such regal family a must visit during 1stJuly and August 31 stbwhen open too public
    Written 28 May 2024
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  • Steve_of_N21
    London, UK2,978 contributions
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    This is the type of National Trust property I like because at £18 entrance fee per adult (£8 if you don’t want to visit the house) it’s a huge chunk towards my annual NT membership fee. It’s another one where the Nation Trust strategy is to make it so painfully expensive for non members that you are tempted into signing up for membership.
    Very interesting house to visit. Sensible one way system and good information boards in each room and hand mirrors for those where the ceilings are particularly impressive. Also very impressive knowledge from the NT volunteers we spoke to, especially the lady who explained how they hung all that expensive silk wallpaper. The house has a wonderful art collection in nearly every room and I was missing the information sheets in each one detailing the art work, but fortunately it wasn’t too busy on our midweek visit and I could ask the volunteers about them.
    Once you have finished with the Hall the small church in the grounds is also well worth a visit. It is basically the Curzon family mausoleum and it’s very interesting wandering around trying to find the furthest back lineage of the Curzon line who is buried there.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Old_Yorkshireman
    yorkshire15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was raining when we arrived, so a visit indoors was the obvious start.
    The welcome staff did just that. The unprepossessing entrance gives into one end of a hall, and we were made welcome with the sensation of visiting, say, an elderly relative for the first time. We didn't know each other, yet, but were nevertheless pleased to see each other.
    The audio tour was explained, a little of the background to the Hall and ownership given and we were given free rein to wander around. My query about the table was answered fully and completely, and led to more explanation about carvings, which had a distinctly Gibbons-esque quality from a distance, but were made by a former owner.

    The table, it turned out, was recent, and from a single fallen oak, yielding a one piece top around 6 metres in length. The whole with cunning breadboard ends and pleasantly chunky underframe on turned pillars.

    The rest of the Hall is full of interest, and made the more so by the audio introduction to each room being made by the owners Claire and James, with their comments and reminiscences 'We used to roller skate in this room' lends a very human level of appreciation totally missing from many similar locations. Knowledgable and approachable room stewards who were happy to explain and discuss details.

    The rain stopped, we toured the exceptionally soggy formal gardens, which are really worth another visit when the season has moved on and the plantings are flourishing.
    Written 5 May 2024
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  • foodie
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really good trip with three young grandsons to the medieval camp. Very interesting displays, good knowledge from all the exhibitors, particularly the armoury and the Lords tent.
    Archery section fun, even engaged with the one year old in the pushchair. Worth a visit.
    Written 1 June 2024
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