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    Warwick Castle

    Warwickshire

    Founded in 1068 by William the Conqueror, stunningly preserved Warwick Castle is Warwick's main attraction.

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    Chatsworth House

    Peak District

    Known as the 'Palace of the Peak', this vast edifice 3 miles northeast of Bakewell has been occupied by the earls and dukes of Devonshire for centuries…

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    Hereford Cathedral

    The Midlands & the Marches

    After Welsh marauders torched the original Saxon cathedral, the Norman rulers of Hereford erected a larger, grander cathedral on the same site. The…

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    The Midlands & the Marches

    Built following the incredible 2012 discovery and 2013 DNA testing of King Richard III's remains, Leicester's high-tech King Richard III visitor centre…

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    Morgan Motor Company

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Morgan has been handcrafting elegant sports cars since 1909. You can see the mechanics at work on two-hour guided tours of the unassuming shedlike…

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    Coventry Cathedral

    Warwickshire

    The evocative ruins of St Michael's Cathedral, built around 1300 but destroyed by Nazi incendiary bombs in the Blitz, stand as a memorial to Coventry's…

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    Library of Birmingham

    Birmingham

    Resembling a glittering stack of gift-wrapped presents, the Francine Houben–designed Library of Birmingham is an architectural triumph. The 2013-opened…

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    Coventry Transport Museum

    Warwickshire

    This stupendous museum has hundreds of vehicles, from horseless carriages to jet-powered, land-speed-record breakers. There's a brushed-stainless-steel…

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    Shakespeare's New Place

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    When Shakespeare retired, he swapped the bright lights of London for a comfortable town house at New Place, where he died of unknown causes in April 1616…

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    Shakespeare's Birthplace

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Start your Shakespeare quest at the house where the renowned playwright was born in 1564 and spent his childhood days. John Shakespeare owned the house…

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    Lichfield Cathedral

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Crowned by three dramatic towers, Lichfield Cathedral is a Gothic fantasy, constructed in stages from 1200 to 1350. The enormous vaulted nave is set…

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    National Brewery Centre

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Burton-upon-Trent grew up around its 7th-century abbey, which was famed for its healing spring waters. Brewing began here around 1700 and in the early…

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    Worcester Cathedral

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Rising above the River Severn, Worcester's majestic cathedral is the final resting place of Magna Carta signatory King John. The strong-legged can scale…

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    Leicester Cathedral

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Pride of place at this substantial medieval cathedral goes to the contemporary limestone tomb atop the vault where the remains of King Richard III were…

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    Southwell Minster

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Rising from the village centre, the awe-inspiring Southwell Minster, built over Saxon and Roman foundations, blends 12th- and 13th-century features,…

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    Pavilion Gardens

    Peak District

    Adjoining Buxton's opulent opera house are the equally flamboyant Pavilion Gardens. These 9.3 hectares are dotted with domed pavilions; concerts take…

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    Nottingham Castle

    Nottingham

    Nottingham's castle crowns a sandstone outcrop worm-holed with caves and tunnels. Founded by William the Conqueror, the original castle was held by a…

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    Kenilworth Castle

    Warwickshire

    This spine-tingling ruin sprawls among fields and hedges on Kenilworth's outskirts. Built in the 1120s, the castle survived the longest siege in English…

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    Holy Trinity Church

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    The final resting place of the Bard, where he was also baptised and where he worshipped, is said to be the most visited parish church in England. Inside…

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    Haddon Hall

    Peak District

    With stone turrets, time-worn timbers and walled gardens, Haddon Hall, 2 miles south of Bakewell on the A6, looks exactly like a medieval manor house…

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    Wollaton Hall

    Nottingham

    Built in 1588 for coal mogul Sir Francis Willoughby by avant-garde architect Robert Smythson, Wollaton Hall sits within 200 hectares of grounds roamed by…

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    National Space Centre

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Although British space missions usually launch from French Guiana or Kazakhstan, Leicester's space museum is a fascinating introduction to the mysteries…

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    Erasmus Darwin House

    The Midlands & the Marches

    After turning down the job of royal physician to King George III, Erasmus Darwin became a leading light in the Lunar Society, debating the origins of life…

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    Poole's Cavern

    Peak District

    A pleasant mile-long stroll southwest from the town centre brings you to Poole's Cavern. This magnificent natural limestone cavern is reached by…

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    The Midlands & the Marches

    Chesterfield is worth a visit to see the astonishing crooked spire that rises atop St Mary and All Saints Church. Dating from 1360, the 68m-high spire is…

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    Great Malvern Priory

    The Midlands & the Marches

    The 11th-century Great Malvern Priory is packed with remarkable features, from original Norman pillars to surreal modernist stained glass. The choir is…

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    Royal Crown Derby Factory

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Derby's historic potteries still turn out some of the finest bone china in England, from edgy Asian-inspired designs to the kind of stuff your grandma…

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    Stoneleigh Abbey

    Warwickshire

    The kind of stately home that makes film directors go weak at the knees, Stoneleigh name-drops Charles I and Jane Austen among its past visitors…

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    Cadbury World

    Birmingham

    The next best thing to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is Cadbury World, 4 miles south of Birmingham. It educates visitors about the history of cocoa and…

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    Mary Arden's Farm

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Shakespeare genealogists can trace the family tree to the childhood home of the Bard's mother at Wilmcote, 3 miles west of Stratford. Aimed squarely at…

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    Gower Memorial

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Aristocratic sculptor Lord Ronald Gower is the master behind this multisculpture homage to Shakespeare, which features the characters of Hamlet …

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    National Sea Life Centre

    Birmingham

    Exotic marine creatures including otters, jellyfish, piranhas and razor-jawed hammerhead sharks swim in the Sir Norman Foster–designed National Sea Life…

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    American Fountain

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Gifted by American publisher George W Childs in 1887 to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, and designed by Birmingham architect Jethro Cossins, this…

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    Birmingham Back to Backs

    Birmingham

    Quirky tours of this cluster of restored back-to-back terraced houses take you through four working-class homes, telling the stories of those who lived…

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    Anne Hathaway's Cottage

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Before tying the knot with Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway lived in Shottery, 1 mile west of the centre of Stratford, in this delightful thatched farmhouse. As…

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    Hall's Croft

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    The handsome Jacobean town house belonging to Shakespeare's daughter Susanna and her husband, respected doctor John Hall, stands south of Stratford's…

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    Kedleston Hall

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Sitting pretty in vast landscaped grounds, this neoclassical mansion is a must for fans of stately homes. Entering the house through a grand portico, you…

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    Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

    The Midlands & the Marches

    Given a few hundred years, every battlefield ends up simply a field, but the site of the Battle of Bosworth – where Richard III met his maker in 1485 – is…

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