TOP TEN ATTRACTIONS IN EAST MIDLANDS
The East Midlands provides many activities and experiences for you to enjoy. Whether you're looking for a buzz from outdoor pursuits, soaking up the beautiful scenery or exploring medieval castles, you will definitely be impressed with what the East Midlands has to offer.
At Holiday Inn Express, we know what makes a good holiday, which is why we've shortlisted our top ten favourite attractions in the East Midlands and Derby area for you to enjoy when you stay at either Holiday Inn Express Derby Pride Park or Holiday Inn Express East Midlands.
1. Wild Park Derbyshire
Outdoor enthusiasts take note, if you get a thrill from action packed activities then Wild Park Derbyshire is sure to get your adrenaline levels pumping! Activities are sure to satisfy people of all ages, whether that be a thrilling match of paintball, stalking out players in laser tag or tearing up the countryside on a quad bike, Wild Park Derbyshire provides a fun and engaging environment for family and friends to enjoy.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 15.3 miles
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2. Derby Gaol
Whether you're an avid ghost hunter or simply interested in paranormal activity, make sure to visit Derby Gaol on your visit to the East Midlands. Constructed in the 18th century, the jail was a place where prisoners and the condemned would count down their remaining days until execution. Take part in ghost walks and tour one of Derby's most popular attractions.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 13.3 miles
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3. Royal Crown Derby
Manufacturers of the highest quality English Fine Bone China, Royal Crown Derby invite visitors to tour their factory and witness ornamental master pieces being made. With over 250 years of experience, each item is handmade exclusively in Derby and this unique museum allows you to travel back in time and see some of the most cherished items in Britain. When the RMS Titanic sank in 1912, she also sank with a full set of Royal Crown Derby china. The set has been recreated and is available to view inside the museum. Afterwards, enjoy quintessential Englishness with tea and cakes, served on Royal Crown Derby china.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 9 miles
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4. Kedleston Hall
Ever fancied walking in the footsteps of a Hollywood blockbuster? You can at Kedleston Hall. The setting for the box office hit, The Duchess starring Keira Knightley, go back in time and experience the Georgian opulence and decadent architecture for yourself. Inside there is a museum full of beautiful art pieces as well as a special Eastern section dedicated to Asian memorabilia.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 18 miles
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5. Donington Racing Circuit
Calling all motorsport enthusiasts! On your visit to East Midlands, make sure to head to Donington Racing Circtuit to see the largest Grand Prix collection in the world. Learn about the history of the sport and see some of the most famous cars in the world. See the actual car Stirling Moss drove when he won the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, then jump in a simulator to experience what it's like to drive at top racing speeds.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 4 miles
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Fun for the whole family, Conkers is an award winning venue with indoor and outdoor experiences. Situated at The Heart of the National Forest, Conkers isn't just for kids - there's a range of activities to suit people of all ages. Indoors go on an adventure in the Enchanted Forest, climbing and navigating rope walkways, making magical discoveries. Outdoors you can walk along sculpture trails, take on a challenging assault course or enjoy the breath-taking panoramic tree top views. Conkers is one of the top family tourist attractions in the East Midlands.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 14 miles
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7. Tutbury Castle
Once imprisoning Mary Queen of Scots for 18 years, Tutbury Castle provides a haunting historic experience. This medieval, ruined castle dates back to the 12th century and sits at the top of a steep hill, providing unique views of the East Midlands. Ghosts are said to haunt the walls of the castle, and some visitors have even reported seeing Mary Queen of Scots roaming the halls.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 21 miles
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8. National Brewery Centre - Burton-upon-Trent
Burton-upon-Trent is a small town located on the western edge of the East Midlands. Renowned for a strong brewing heritage, the National Brewery Centre is the place to discover the history of brewing and the production process to creating a traditional beer. Go on an entertaining guided tour of the brewery, witnessing the impressive machinery in action before sampling a freshly made beer.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 20 miles
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9. East Midlands Aeropark
For those with a passion for aviation and are fascinated by aeroplanes, Holiday Inn Express recommends the East Midland's Aeropark. Situated a mere 170 metres away from the main runway at East Midlands Airport, the Aeropark is a museum, showcasing some of the most fascinating vintage aircraft built. Come face to face with a powerful Rolls Royce engine, used to propel aircraft into the skies or visit the viewing platform for a unique view of airliners landing and taking off.
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 3.3 miles
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10. Carsington Water
Take to the water whilst in the East Midlands at Carsington Water. Embark on fun activities such as sailing, kayaking, wind surfing and fly fishing. Whether you're a novice or a professional water goer, there's a huge range of experiences to suit everyone. If you'd prefer to stay on land, why not attempt to scale the challenging climbing wall or hire a bike and cycle the scenic grounds of the park?
Distance from Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport: 26.2 miles
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