East Midlands Hotels
The East Midlands pack a good punch when it comes to great things to see and do. There's plenty of places to go for family days out like Gulliver's Kingdom amusement park, the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, Twycross Zoo and Alton Towers. There are the cities of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester with good restaurants, theatres, cinemas, shops and many other attractions. You can also readily escape the hurly burly by heading to the Peak District for some walking or biking. And the East Midlands also has a large number of historical attractions including Hardwick House and Kirby Hall, magnificent Elizabethan stately homes, and the world-famous 17th-century Chatsworth House.
Things to see
Nottingham has a great deal to offer the visitor with top clothes shops like Paul Smith, a castle cum museum, two theatres offering a range of entertainment, as well as Rock City, which stages live bands. Have a flutter at the greyhound stadium, or visit Nottingham Contemporary, one of the largest contemporary art spaces in the UK. Have a pint at Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem, a pub which dates back to 1185 and which is in part dug into the sandstone of Castle Rock.
Leicester is another city well worth exploring. Visit the museum next to the remains of the city's Roman baths which contain mosaic floors, wall paintings and other artefacts. Check out too the Grade I listed timbered Guildhall which reputedly once hosted a performance by the Bard himself. Leicester has a great open-air market and is a top destination for curry aficionados. The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery holds the largest collection of Expressionist art in the UK. And head to the Curve in the evening, an iconic modern venue which stages plays, shows, concerts and comedy.
Things to do
Put on a pair of hiking boots or hire a mountain bike and head for the beautiful Peak District. Tear it up at Wild Park, Brailsford where you can enjoy outdoor activities like quad biking or paintball. Buy that new dinner service you've been promising yourself at Royal Crown Derby, while motor racing buffs won't want to miss Donington Park which has the largest Grand Prix collection in the world.
For the best nightlife head to Nottingham. Whether you're after live music, great shows or some club action, this is the place to come to. Try Gatecrasher or Coco Tang nightclubs.
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