1 Memsaab Restaurant, Nottingham

This hard-to-beat Indian restaurant brings sophisticated style and oodles of gastronomic flair to Nottingham’s dining scene. Everything’s good, but try the Amritsari Machli (fried cod) for a fail-safe bet.

2 Newstead Abbey

One-time home of Lord Byron, this intriguing old mansion has superb period rooms, lots of Byron memorabilia, and lovely gardens.

3 Hardwick Hall

A beautifully preserved Elizabethan mansion that was home to the formidable Bess of Hardwick, one of the leading businesspeople of the sixteenth century. The gardens and surrounding parkland are wonderful, too.

4 Lincoln Cathedral

One of the finest medieval cathedrals in the land, dominating this fine old city and seen to best advantage on a rooftop guided tour. Watch out for the Lincoln imp!

5 Stamford

Lincolnshire’s prettiest town, with its cobbled lanes, lovely old churches, and ancient limestone buildings, well deserves an overnight stay – and you can eat in style here too.

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