Culture & History
Rockingham Castle – 23 Miles – LE16 8TH
This remarkable castle, built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, it has been a family home for 450 years. Prior to the Watson’s ownership the Castle was held by the crown. There are very few other homes that have been continuously occupied for nearly 1000 years and within that time been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal Castle. I think this is a particularly extraordinary aspect of Rockingham’s long and fascinating story.
Belvior Castle – 15 Miles – NG32 1PE
Our hilltop setting commands stunning views over the Vale of Belvoir and with glorious gardens and fascinating magical castle to explore, there’s something for everyone at our family home. We have various events taking place in the castle and park during our opening season, such as the Steam Festival, Napoleonic Wars, Teddy Bears Picnic, family fun days and the annual Fireworks Competition.
Market Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre – 29 Miles – CV13 0AD
Re-live the infamous battle of 1485 that was the turning point in British history. Journey through Medieval England in the interactive exhibition, witness the horrors of medieval warfare in the Battle Room and then test your skills as an archaeologist, in the BFI Science Laboratory.
Launde Abbey – 11.5 Miles – LE7 9XB
Set in beautiful Leicestershire countryside, Launde Abbey offers a place of welcome to people from all faiths and none. The retreats offered to individuals are a time for people to make the next stage of their spiritual journey in a place of acceptance. It’s facilities are also available for groups wishing to make their own programme.
Belton House – 22 Miles – NG32 2LS
The perfect English country house, set in its own extensive deer park, Belton was designed to impress. Opulent décor, stunning silverware, imposing paintings and personal mementos convey wealth while retaining a family atmosphere. Delightful gardens, luxuriantly planted orangery and lakeside walks ensure Belton is a pleasure to explore all year round.
Burghley House -25 Miles – PE9 3JY
Welcome to BURGHLEY, one of Europe’s most outstanding and important FAMILY ESTATES. Visitor facilities include the Orangery Restaurant, Gift Shop, Gardens of Surprise and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.
Leicester Catherdral – 15.5 Miles – LE1 5DE
A church dedicated to St Martin has been on the site for about a thousand years, being first recorded in 1086, when the older Saxon church was replaced by a Norman one. The present building dates to about that age, with the addition of a spire, and various restorations throughout the years. Most of what can be seen today is a Victorian restoration by architect Raphael Brandon. A memorial stone to King Richard III is located in the chancel of the church. He is not actually buried there, having been originally buried in the Greyfriars Church in Leicester.
Lincoln Catherdral – 49 Miles – LN2 1PX
Welcome to the Cathedral on the hill! Lincoln Cathedral is Lincolnshire’s distinguishing landmark visible from 25miles away – and it’s even more stunning close up both by day and night. Lincoln Catherdral is one of the finest gothic buildings in Europe. Here you will find information about its past history, its present activities and our hopes for its future.
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