The Harpur family lived at Calke Abbey and were noted for their reclusive eccentricity. You will not find a highly restored interior but a most interesting and informal picture of a grand country house in its latter years.
Parish Church, Aston on Trent, Derbyshire, DE74, Tel: 01332 792565
The All Saints' Heritage Centre, located in the grounds of the parish church, is home to the Local History Group and features displays, photographs and a comprehensive archive of historical documents available for research and browsing.
South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1BR, Tel: 01530 413343
The impressive ruins of this late medieval castle are dominated by a magnificent tower, over 80 feet high. The property began as a manor house in the 12th century and reached castle status in the 15th century.
The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY, Tel: 01162221000
The body of Richard III is alledged to have been thrown into the River Soar from Bow Bridge in Leicester's town.
c/o Leicester City Council, Welford Place, Leicester, LE1 6ZG, Tel: 0116 252 7000
Explore Leicester's 'Old Town' - an area of gardens, churches, fine buildings, ancient walls and museums.
Claybrooke Magna, Claybrooke Magna, Lutterworth, Lutterworth, LE17 5DB, Tel: 01455 202 443
Claybrooke Mill is a 300 year old working water mill producing stoneground flour by water power.
Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67, Tel: 01530 222330
This is a local heritage group which holds a considerable archive of photographs tracing the history of the industries and community of this unique town.
Lady Gate, Diseworth, Leicestershire, DE74 2QF, Tel: 0778 539 3578
Read about Diseworth from the Domesday Book to the present day. Trace your ancestors in the local Census pages, from 1841 to 1901. Read articles about local people and places. See pictures of buildings and the local landscape
Manor Road, Donington Le Heath, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 2FW, Tel: 01530 831 259
Donington-le-Heath Manor House was built in the late 13th century and was renovated early in the 17th century. Try on replicas of their clothes and have a go with some of the toys that would have been played over the past seven centuries.
Thringstone, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 5GJ, Tel: 01530 223 201
The Grace Dieu Priory was an Augustinian priory near Thringstone in Leicestershire, England. It was founded around 1235-1241 by Roesia de Verdon and dissolved in October in 1538.
Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AQ, Tel: 0116 262 4405, www.leicester.gov.uk/parks
The Scheduled Monument in Abbey Park comprises the Abbey Ruins, Abbot Penny's Wall, the remains of a 17c Mansion (Cavendish House) and Ornamental Gardens. The charred stone window frame is still visible today.
Main Street, Swannington, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 8HF, Tel: 01530 222 330
Visit this windmill and see it's restoration in process.
Freehold Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1AR, Tel: 01509 212 241
Part of the world's largest working bellfoundry. The museum shows the craft techniques of moulding, casting, tuning and the fitting up of bells.
Kirby Muxloe, Leicester, LE9 2DH, Tel: 0116 238 6886
Kirby Muxloe Castle was commissioned in the 1480s by William Hastings, however it was never to be completed as Lord Hastings was executed by Richard III, soon after he came to power.
c/o Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ, Tel: 0116 253 2569
CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. The first castle in Leicester, built around 1070 either by William the Conqueror or by Hugh de Grandsmesnil.
Oaks-In-Charnwood, Coalville, Leicestershire, N/A, Tel: 01530 832 298
Mount Saint Bernard Abbey is situated in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire. An area of particular natural beauty in the very heart of England
Castle Lane, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DR, Tel: 01572 758440
The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England.
Deer Barn Buildings, Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE6 0HE, Tel: 0116 236 2713
Spend the day exploring Bradgate park - a 340 hectare ancient deer park which was the home of Lady Jane Grey, 9 day Queen of England (1553).
Loughborough Central Station, Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1RW, Tel: 01509 632323
The Railway Vehicle Preservations group own a number of vehicles that are based on the Great Central Railway - those that are serviceable operate regularly and feature in several special events each year.
The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY, Tel: 01162221000
A statue of King Richard III by James Walter Butler RA stands in Castle Gardens, off St Nicholas Circle. The statue is in bronze, and was unveiled on 31 July 1980 by Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.
Top Street, Appleby Magna, Swadlincote, Leicestershire, DE12 7AH, Tel: 01530 273629
The Heritage Centre recreates life in the Sir John Moore School in Victorian times. Discover the village boys’ classroom, Headmaster’s study, dormitory and clock room.
Stanford Hall, Stanford, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DH, Tel: 01788 860250
Enjoy country house splendour at Stanford Hall, where you can take in the architecture and extensive parkland.