The 1620s House and Garden is like taking a step back in time where you can explore the early 17th century house and its gardens and see how people lived 400 years ago.
Ashby de la Zouch offers a lot more than an intriguing name.
There's lots of places to eat and drink, independent shops to explore and so much heritage that a visit to the museum and a tour of Ashby Castle is highly recommended.
Shackerstone, Leicestershire CV13 6NW
Tel: 01827 880754
This remarkable railway captures the very essence of a country line, with steam, diesel and railcar train services along with small stations meandering along a single track line. It really does convey something of the feeling and atmosphere of heady days past.
The home of the Duke & Duchess of Rutland, history really does come to life at Belvoir Castle. You'll see life as the butler saw it and you might bump into the fifth Duchess or a handmaid going about her daily business. Enjoy the gardens and the Adventure Playground and at the foot of the castle is the Engine Yard retail village.
Ambion Lane, Sutton Cheney, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, CV13 0AD
Tel: 01455 290429
Bosworth Battlefield tells the story which changed the course of history in 1485, when two Kings, Richard III and Henry VII fought over the Crown of England, and Henry established the powerful Tudor dynasty.
Carlton Road, Market Bosworth CV13 6PG
Tel: 01455 291111
The Harry and Sally day boat is based at Bosworth Marina, situated on the tranquil rural and lockless Ashby Canal, which passes through an attractive farming landscape, close to visitor attractions and pretty villages. Full or mini day hire & short taster trips available.
In the heart of the National Forest
Coalville is a town steeped in heritage with an exciting past. From coal mining and rocket trains to Action Man Coalville can be proud of its past. Snibston Colliery Park offers a unique experience at one of the country's best preserved colliery sites with much to see and do.
Rawdon Road, Moira, Leicestershire, DE12 6GA
Tel: 01283 216 633
CONKERS, the award winning attraction at The Heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your family engaged for hours.
A truly unique shopping experience. A collection of 16 businesses covering a wide range of disciplines and are recognised as a true ‘making’ centre. Set in and around a beautiful Georgian courtyard on the picturesque Staunton Harold Estate. All businesses are run independently.
A great location for walking and a wonderful day out.
Try your hand at axe throwing, air rifle and pistol shooting. Challenge friends to a tactical zombie shoot using four very different weapons. Test your eye with our traditional clay shoot...or spice it up with a pump action shotgun.
The Great Central Railway is Britain's only double track main line steam railway. Train rides are available every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year and daily in May through to September.
There are also many special events throughout the year, including Steam Galas, Paw Patrol, Bonfire Night, 1940s Wartime Weekend and Santa Specials.
Turn detective and travel back through time to uncover the plot lines, birth rights and family connections that combined to create a story of medieval murder, mystery and mayhem. Fast-forward over 500 years to a car park in Leicester city centre where the amazing evidence-gathering that resulted in the discovery of the long-lost remains of King Richard III is revealed.
Adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others at affordable prices in a challenging and safe environment.
Since 1859, the grade II* listed Loughborough Bellfoundry, home to historic bellmakers John Taylor & Co., has cast more than 25,000 bells that are hung in over 100 countries around the world. The museum will be closed for refurbishment from September 2022 but an online guide can be seen on the website.
An early 19th century iron-making furnace. Displays relate to the iron making process, the industries of Moira and the story of its inhabitants. There is also a restored section of Ashby Canal on the site so you may wish to enjoy a boat trip. Enjoy finding out about its fascinating history, with woodland walks and trails to explore.
With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D Simulator experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience.
We regularly welcome astronauts to the centre to tell us about their missions. Our Astronauts Gallery showcases all the astronauts we have had the honour to meet.
Ground Floor, Rutland Centre, Halford Street, Leicester LE1 1TQ
Tel: 020 4531 2000
Cricket, but not as you know it! We've re-imagined the age old game of cricket for the modern socialite. Precision sports tech and a global leaderboard meets hospitality.
Feel the thrill…be the drama…Let's play!
Stonehurst Farm is a real working family farm where you can meet and feed the friendly animals, collect freshly laid eggs, enjoy tractor rides, pony rides, hold baby animals, explore our nature trail and see what you can catch pond dipping.
You can see a variety of farm animals at the Farm Park, which has an idyllic setting. It's great fun to visit all the animals, from pigs to goats to ponies and sheep! Also, make sure you stop by cuddle corner to meet the rabbits and guinea pigs!
Come and play our two indoor, 18 – hole mini golf courses. Tackle the Tropical Trail or Ancient Explorer then brave the bonus 19th hole to win a free round.
Tuck into home made pizza, sip tropical drinks, enjoy cracking coffee and take home a treasured souvenir at our free photobooth.
Tropical Birdland is a 6.5-acre sanctuary for Parrots and exotic birds. Housing over 250 feathery residents, every square inch has been devoted to giving a home to some of the most alluring and captivating species from around the world.
Melton Spinney Road, Thorpe Arnold, Melton Mowbray,
Leicestershire LE14 4FF
Tel: 01664 567777
Twinlakes Park offers the very best in family entertainment jam-packed with a breath-taking variety of family Rides, Attractions, animals and even a waterpark. Set in 70 acres of glorious countryside, where you'll find unlimited action and play zones, a massive 125,000sqft indoors plus rides and attractions galore. All weather action all year round!
Looking for an action packed family day out? Twycross Zoo are celebrating 60 years of amazing animals, courageous conservation and fantastic family fun! Come close to hundreds of animals from some of the most endangered species, Twycross Zoo is famous for its world renowned primate collect and is the only zoo in the UK that you can see all 4 great apes – gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos. They are home to the most critically endangered big bat on earth, the Amur leopard and the magnificent snow leopard as well as other incredible species such as giraffes, zebras, penguins and meerkats plus giant tortoises and SO much more!
Langton Road, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicester, LE8 0PR
Tel: 0116 319 1360
Windmill Farm Park is an exciting farm park set on a working family farm, in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside. With more than 20 different breeds and a timber-based adventure play, cafe and indoor animal barn, we have you covered whatever the weather!
Enjoy exploring a giant 8-acre Maize Maze with a fun Quiz Trail hidden amongst 3 miles of paths, with high-level bridges & towers giving stunning panoramic views. Includes an Activity Funyard full of mini mazes and games for all ages. The maze is redesigned each year using GPS satellite technology and is situated opposite Wistow Rural Centre.
Kibworth Road, Wistow, Leicester. LE8 0QF
Wistow Rural Centre is situated in beautiful countryside, consisting of an award-winning garden centre, café/bistro, model village, art gallery, delicatessen, a Wellness Centre and many shops selling women’s clothing, jewellery, home fragrances, dog accessories, furniture, outdoor living ideas and numerous gifts.