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Things to do in East Midlands

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Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Entry Ticket

1. Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Entry Ticket

Walk in the footsteps of the great Tudor queen and imagine the opulence and splendor of Elizabethan Kenilworth. Wander the pathways to discover the marble fountain, the ornate aviary, and the Earl of Leicester's emblem of the bear and ragged staff. Choose between a single or a family ticket. Visit the fascinating exhibition about the famous royal romance between the queen and her ambitious courtier, Robert Dudley. Explore the Elizabethan bedroom and Oak Room which contains a beautifully ornate alabaster fireplace that once stood in Elizabeth I's private rooms. Have fun with the family-friendly displays in the interactive exhibition bringing Kenilworth's past to life. Housed in the magnificent Tudor stables, see how the castle has changed throughout its 900-year history. Children can get hands-on with history as they try on dress up clothes and see and touch the mighty trebuchet balls which were hurled at Kenilworth Castle 800 years ago. Admire the mighty Castle keep - the heart of castle life for 500 years. Unwind with a visit to the Stables Tearoom, which offers a delicious selection of cakes and light lunches, made from seasonal ingredients and sourced from local suppliers.

Warwick: British Motor Museum Entry Ticket

2. Warwick: British Motor Museum Entry Ticket

Explore the British Motor Museum and discover the world's largest collection of historic British cars. Learn more about the British motor industry and see how cars have changed through the decades as well as their role in and impact on our society. Take a walk down the 'Time Road' and discover how both motoring and family life has changed through the decades including period music and memorable events such as the introduction of double yellow lines. Travel through 'Making British Cars' and see how influential the motor industry has been over the years and where it is heading in the future. Get 'Under The Skin' and unravel the mystery of how cars work with interactive exhibits. Experience how suspension has improved over time and compare the difference between rack and pin and power steering. The Museum's enthusiastic staff and volunteers are there to help bring the cars to life and are happy to answer any questions you may have during your visit. There is also an onsite café serving hot and cold meals and snacks.

From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

3. From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

Departing from Manchester in the morning, set off on a day trip to Derbyshire's Peak District. The first stop is in Castleton, a quaint old town that attracts visitors from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Wander the streets, enjoy a beautiful view up a valley, and learn about the history at the fascinating information center. Proceed then to Monsal Head, a scenic viewpoint. Hear about the impressive history of the famous viaduct that emerges from green hills to create a unique view. Stop for lunch in Bakewell next. Not only is this town exciting to look at, it's also the birthplace of one of England's most famous desserts, Bakewell pudding.  Continue to Poole's Cavern. Opt for a visit to this enormous limestone cave system that has been described as one of the wonders of the Peak District. This series of caves has welcomed Mary Queen of Scots and countless other visitors, all who have marveled at its many chambers, stalagmites, and stalactites. Travel back to Manchester, arriving in the late afternoon.

Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

4. Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

Choose a pass valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. Benefit from free entry to 10 attractions, tours, and museums. Visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom to see where he first put quill to paper, immersing yourself in a world of literary wonder. Enjoy the unique pleasure of watching hundreds of the world’s most spectacular and colorful butterflies flying all around at Stratford Butterfly Farm. You can see them feeding and flying in a wonderful tropical environment. Walk along the ramparts of some of the oldest medieval ruins in England at Kenilworth Castle. Cruise the Avon River, and enjoy the breeze and river sounds. Then, explore the grounds of Stoneleigh Abbey. Visit the British Motor Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars. Discover a hidden Victorian Garden at Hill Close Gardens. Explore the crazy world of the MAD Museum, which is a hands-on experience for kids. Spend the afternoon learning about the juniper berry at Shakespeare Distillery, with a guided gin distillery tour.

3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

5. 3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

Day 1: Travel to the Peak District. In the late morning, you will arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travelers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information center. Venture to the beautiful valley at Monsal Head. There’s an old rail line viaduct that emerges from the green hills. It’s a gorgeous structure with an impressive history. If you’re hungry, then you’re in luck, because you’re stopping for lunch in Bakewell. Not only is this town delicious to look at, but it’s also the home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Pudding. After savoring every last crumb, head over to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire the architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art. Finally, head off in the early evening to your overnight stop in York. Day 2: Full-day Tour of York Spend your morning in York. Visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or just stroll around the ancient walls. Around midday, leave York and head to Goathland. This town was used in the Harry Potter movies and is situated in one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. Your next stop is Whitby. This is the type of town everyone dreams of retiring in. There’s a beautifully-located, ruined abbey; old stone steps curving around viewpoints; and a lovely little beach to play about on. After exploring all the nooks and crannies of Whitby, travel to Robin Hood’s Bay. They doubt if the real Robin Hood ever came here, but there are still plenty of smugglers tales dotted around this remarkable harbor village. Finally, arrive back in York in the early evening. Day 3: Touring, Lunch, and Returning to Manchester Take the road to Fountains Abbey. This is one of the largest ruined abbeys in England and part of an important UNESCO Heritage site. Then find yourself surrounded by some of England’s most lovely waterfalls at AysgarthEnjoy a delicious lunch of Wensleydale's famous cheese and crackers. After lunch, travel past the epic Ribblehead railway viaduct before having a short snoop around the old castle-topped town of Clitheroe. In the evening, arrive in Manchester.

Sheffield: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

6. Sheffield: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Sheffield. Captain Bess will send messages to your phone. She’s a snarky pirate who’s testing out new recruits to join her ship. She’ll direct you on a carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer. You’ll spot things you’d never normally notice. Don’t worry, if you get stuck you can ask for a hint to help you on your way. Start at Tudor Square and stroll along the peaceful canal, the Georgian Jewelry Quarter, and the Grand Business district. Learn interesting facts and stories along the way about the things you’re spotting and dive into the history of Sheffield.

United Kingdom: Personalised Self-Guided Walking Tours

7. United Kingdom: Personalised Self-Guided Walking Tours

Our bargain box tours are perfect for would be explorers, those who want to take up walking or those who want to explore new places but need a little inspiration – they also make the most perfect gift for all outdoor lovers. These personalised, self guided walking tours are tailored to your fitness levels and where you wants to go and include: • Detailed Tour Itinerary made especially for you – built around your preferences and fitness levels. The in depth route will tell you where to start (and park) and detail every stop along the way to make sure you never lose your feet. • In depth marked map outlining your route. • Bite sized, laminated maps you can wear around your neck while embarking on your walk – these include summarised directions and things to look out for en route. • Top tips to make the most of your adventures, help you prepare and keep you safe. • Lots of fun facts about the places and things you’ll see along the way. • Kit list to make sure you pack everything you need. • Support for your trip and emergency contact details as well as instructions about what to do in an emergency. • Lots of suggestions of what else to do in the area – including places to visit, other adventures and where to stop for a rest or bite to eat. • Novelty compass and ‘how to’ guide to make sure you always stay on track • Exclusive Embark whistle for any sticky situation • Embark goodies • Discount vouchers for some of your favourite outdoor brands. It all comes wonderfully wrapped in an Embark gift box for you to keep and use over and over again. Why not swap tours with your friends and explore a whole range of new and exciting places. Upon ordering your Embark Box Tour, a member of the Embark Team will be in touch to discuss your tour requirements (please do remember to check tour junk mail box.) There’s nothing quite like exploring the great outdoors – so be sure to Embark on your next adventure with us.

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What people are saying about East Midlands

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 126 reviews

Amazing!! Awesome tour guide, James! Comfy mini coach. We enjoyed a lot in the town called Bakewell. Will def come here again!

It was wonderful. James such an amazing guide, he keeps us engaged with the story behind the area we will visit.

Comfort coach, informative guide, lots of time to wander the towns we visited.

Great experience with a knowledgeable guide. Shame about the weather

Small group tour, unhurried and enjoyable day trip out of Manchester