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Nottingham: Nottingham Castle Admission Ticket

1. Nottingham: Nottingham Castle Admission Ticket

Nottingham Castle has played many roles throughout the city’s history and is now an elegant Ducal Palace filled with exhibitions and galleries. Come and see for yourself with an admission ticket that allows you to explore the newly landscaped grounds, tunnels, art collections, and more. Immerse yourself in the legend of the outlaw Robin Hood with an optional experience that recreates medieval Nottingham and mixed-reality activities, including a longbow competition and sparring with a quarterstaff. Explore the collections of fine and decorative arts, from medieval alabaster to contemporary photography, Nottingham lace to ceramics and oil paintings. Take some time to view the inspiring program of world-class temporary exhibitions as well. Younger visitors between 7 and 12, can head to Hood’s Hideout, the medieval-themed adventure playground, a perfect place for imaginations to run wild.

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Entry Ticket

2. 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.

Warwickshire: Shakespeare's England Explorer Pass

3. 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. Enjoy spectacular re-enactments at Warwick Castle and Knights Village. 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.

Sheffield: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

4. 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.

Warwick: National Metro & Mini Show w/ Motor Museum Ticket

5. Warwick: National Metro & Mini Show w/ Motor Museum Ticket

When you arrive at the National Metro & Mini Show, follow the signs for the visitor car park. When you have parked up, head to the ticket office where you will be greeted by the friendly team and checked in to the show. Once inside the show, you can take a walk around the many displays of cars. There will be competition display areas with car owners busy polishing and presenting their cars to the judges. Lots of car clubs will have their own displays set up and there will be hundreds of cars for you to look around and get close to outside the Museum. You can also head into the Museum and the Collections Centre buildings, with over 350 historic British cars between them - including some of the most iconic Minis and Metros ever made. There are fun activities for the kids and when you need a break, the Junction 12 Café serves a range of hot food, snacks, and beverages.

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What people are saying about East Midlands

Kenilworth Castle would have got 5 stars if it had better toilet facilities, which let it down badly. We visited on Easter Sunday and it was not overly busy but toilet queues were horrendous as there is only 1 ladies facility with just 2 toilets!! I dread to think what it's like on a busy day. Castle itself is smazing!

Great day out and reasonably priced compared to some “ places of visit “ ! Lots to see and do! Cater very well for children and lots of grassed areas to have a picnic coupled with the on site cafe and picnic tables. All in all a great day out !

A great day out, all the staff were very friendly and helpful. There weren’t too many people so there was time to see and enjoy all the exhibits. The catering was also good value and tasty.

Fabulous afternoon exploring the ruins and the surrounding countryside. Steeped in history amazing place to visit.

Beautiful castle and gardens. Amazing an event was on reenacting.