The scenery is indeed gorgeous at Belvoir Castle, whose name translates as ‘beautiful view’. Four towering castles have stood on this Leicestershire spot: from the solid keep built by William the Conqueror’s invading army to the present fairytale fortress. Come for tours of heirloom-filled rooms, lavish afternoon teas and equestrian events in the grounds. Belvoir stood in for Windsor Castle in the Netflix series The Crown and there are some appropriately regal places to stay nearby, bookable with Culture Trip.
No, we don’t mean that Chequers. You probably won’t spot the prime minister in this appealing country pub, but you will find hearty meals served under time-worn beams beside an open fire, and four attractive ensuite rooms with king-size beds in the attached stable block. The welcome is warm, the atmosphere informal, and the menu includes Grasmere Farm pork, Derbyshire fillet steaks and tasty tabbouleh.
Looking for somewhere different nearby? Book into one of the best hotels near the University of Nottingham, or opt instead for a top budget-friendly stay in the city. Inspire your itinerary with the top things to see and do in Nottingham; take a trip to the nearby Peak District National Park. Don’t miss the best brunch spots in the city.