Keep the whole family entertained on a glamping mini break to Leicestershire by exploring the rich cultural heritage of the county. There is so much to do in the local area that it can’t all possibly be fitted into a week’s trip, so take a look at some of our favourite things to do in the local area.
Dandelion Hideaway makes the perfect base from which to day trip, so if you are thinking of paying us a visit, then check out the following to help you make the most of your stay with us.
Owned but not restored by the National Trust, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a grand country-house estate. The gardens are a delight, with an impressive kitchen garden area and plenty of grassland to explore during your visit. The real draw however is the house itself, which has been left in the state it was when the National Trust took it over, and a monument to the eccentric tastes of the former owners.
Ashby Castle is an English Heritage property with a colourful history. Visitors can climb the tower and explore an underground passage, guided by an audio tour.
Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, this castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is owned by the Tussauds who run it as one of the UK's top tourist attractions.
This is an impressive iron-making blast furnace built by the Earl of Moira in 1804. Fully restored and houses a new industrial history exhibition. Great for learning more about the industrial heritage of this part of the country.
Donington Grand Prix Collection
The largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world lives at Donington Park. Five halls with over 130 exhibits illustrate the history of motorsport from the turn of the 20th Century. And if it is a race day, a wander to the track to watch the racing is a memorable experience.
Bell Foundry Museum, Loughborough
The largest bell foundry in the world calls Loughborough its home, with a museum that opens on weekdays to help you learn more about this fascinating building and its history.
A National Trust property in Derbyshire, just outside of Derby City. Kedleston Hall is a neo-classical mansion designed to be different with fantastic Adam interiors. This makes for a fascinating day out for enthusiasts of stately home visiting.
Stoneywell - National Trust
From summer house to family home, Stoneywell is the enduring realisation of one man's Arts and Crafts vision. The cottage and its collection provides a rare surviving example of an Arts and Crafts home in its entirety, and sits as part of an international movement of truly British origin.