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No guide to the East Midlands would be complete without mention of its many cities, with their range of size and style, there’s a city-break in the East Midlands for everyone. Leicester is the most ethnically diverse city in England, and the vibrancy of its street and youth culture leads to an exciting vibe for a cheap break.
Nottingham is steeped in rich history (the Goose Fair has been running annually for 720 years) and legend, but the presence of two universities keeps the city fresh, youthful and fun. Much smaller in scale, Historic Lincoln is a medieval jewel of a city; its cathedral and castle are home to fascinating artefacts and it’s charming street (including Steep Hill, one of the steepest roads in England) are home to numerous quirky and interesting shops and restaurants.
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But urban interest isn’t just confined to the cities. The region is dotted with villages which are bursting with character; with some of the finest medieval churches in England. Those interested in their history might want to visit one of the many country estates which dot the region, most famously Chatsworth in Derbyshire.
If history’s not your thing, and you’re more of a foodie, you may be interested to know that the East Midlands is home to some of Britain’s most famous foods: the Melton Mowbray pork pie, the Lincolnshire sausage and Red Leicester cheese all enjoy protected DOP status, whilst Bakewell is the home of a world-famous tart.