Where to take a day trip in the East Midlands


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Stretching for more than 6,000 square miles, the East Midlands is a vast and varied part of the country. Whether you’re visiting historic castles in Ashby-de-la-Zouch or exploring the old mills in valley towns like Belper, it stands to reason there are lots of great ways to spend your time across the region. Here we take a look at five of the best day trips East Midlands visitors and locals alike should have right at the top of their to-do list.

National Space Centre

Quite literally setting the bar high from the start, this is a brilliant place to visit for people of all ages. Both little ones and older generations will be equally amazed by the themed galleries at the National Space Centre, which is just north of Leicester city centre. Home to the UK’s largest planetarium and over 150 interactive experiences, the centre’s array of exhibits, special events and theme days make it a stellar attraction come rain or shine.

Donington Park

Should you prefer your rockets to have four wheels, be of the road variety and be rooted firmly to the ground, Donington Park could be for you. Lying in the midst of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, this well-positioned racetrack is a must-visit for car and motorbike enthusiasts, as well as motorsport fans. The circuit has played host to lots of prestigious races down the years, while classic car events, track days and driving experiences are also incredibly popular.

Peak District

If you’re after a somewhat more relaxing day trip East Midlands national park the Peak District is hard to beat. Whether you’re visiting lovely little villages like Edale and Castleton, or scaling impressive hills and mountains such as Mam Tor and Kinder Scout, the striking natural beauty of the Peaks is truly something to behold. From gentle walks through rolling valleys and around picturesque reservoirs, to more challenging hikes and scrambles for the most impressive views, a day out in the Peak District is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Lincolnshire Wolds

Over in the eastern reaches of the region, the Lincolnshire Wolds may be short of soaring peaks but the natural beauty and expanses of green here are just as enchanting. The rolling hills serve up quintessentially English countryside scenery, which is perfect for enjoying on foot or by bike. You can also combine your day trip to the Wolds with a visit to the seaside. Your kids will love Skegness, where a local seal sanctuary is a real highlight.

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest is most well known for its historical figures, but tthere is more than enough to spend the day exploring the iconic trails and learning of the legends that go with them. If you enjoy going on coach day trips East Midlands, hub Nottingham is a great destination to visit just south of the forest, where you can explore more Robin Hood attractions and historic spots like the local castle.

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