Things to Do in East Midlands
Nearly nine centuries old and the home of one of the country’s most beautiful Elizabethan walled gardens, Haddon Hall brims with well-preserved 14th–16th century interiors. Step back in time here as you explore England’s oldest medieval kitchens, marvel over the notable tapestry collection, and stroll through the Long Gallery.
With its imposing redbrick façade, castle-like towers and forested gardens, Kelham Hall is undoubtedly one of Nottinghamshire’s most impressive country estates, renowned for its magnificent Gothic façade and beautiful gardens. Built in the mid-19th century for the Manners-Sutton family, the lavish mansion is the design of architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and is now protected as a Grade I-listed building.
Visitors can explore Kelham Hall on a guided tour, with highlights including the magnificent Porte Cochere, the largest of its kind in England; the grand Billiards Room; the Drawing Room, with its ornate ceiling frescos and the Music Room, dedicated to Richard Wagner. Also of note are the exquisite Lady Chapel and the 42 acres of gardens stretching along the banks of the River Trent – the work of landscaper William Andrews, whose other masterpieces include London’s Kew Gardens and Regents Park.
Once the world’s tallest building, Lincoln Cathedral remains one of England’s most significant religious landmarks, housing one of only four original Magna Carta manuscripts in the world. At the intricately detailed cathedral, visitors can pray, attend service, light a votive candle, or simply enjoy the Gothic architecture.
Built in the late 16th century by Robert Smythson, Doddington Hall & Gardens is a Grade-I-listed Elizabethan mansion, complete with five acres (two hectares) of walled gardens. It also remains a beloved family home. Explore the hall and grounds at your leisure before stopping by the farm shop or grabbing lunch at the on-site café.
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