The very beautiful Bradgate Park (6mi/10km northwest of Leicester) contains the ruins of the mansion in which Lady Jane Gray (1537-1553), the "nine days queen" was born, whom Queen Mary Tudor had executed. In the 12th century this moor and woodland was a hunting reserve and it has retained much of its original character. It is a popular place for the people of Leicester to visit.
North of Bradgate extends Charnwood Forest once densely wooded, now open heathland. It is excellent walking country consisting of cliffs and rugged landscapes and is dominated by Bardon Hill (912ft/278m) with good views as far as Derbyshire and the Welsh Marshes. In the past wood from Charnwood was used in the mining of brown coal, the granite quarries of Mountsorrel were worked as far back as in Norman times.
Hinckley (pop. 55,273) is located 23mi/37km northeast of Birmingham. High Street is the site of a busy market on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.Hinckley has a town centre that is designated as a conservation area and a picturesque countryside that surrounds the town.
Rutland is a pleasant town with older cottages built from limestone or ironstone. Nearby Rutland Reservoir serves as breeding site for ospreys and an overwintering site for wildfowl.
Open Air Theatre
The 16th century Tolethorpe Hall offers a charming garden setting for an open air theater with a covered auditorium. No performances are ever canceled due to rain. The season usually lasts from June to August.
Market Bosworth, England
Market Bosworth has a large market and a grammar school, founded by Sir Wolstan Dixie and Dr Samuel Johnson, who also taught here. There are many memorials to the Dixie family in he 14th century church. Also worth noting in Market Bosworth is the 18th century town hall, which is an imitation of Hampton Court.
The Bosworth Battlefield (1485) was the site where King Richard III lost his crown and his life to the future Henry VII. At the visitor center there are displays offering insight into medieval life and the events leading up to the battle.
Appleby Magna, England
The small village of Apple Magna has an early 14th century church and a 15th century manor house, encircled by a moat. There are a number of other historic buildings worth visiting.
Sheepy Magna, England
The two villages of Sheepy Magna and Parva are divided by the River Sence, with its water mill and gossamer millpool. Each has a prominent church - the church in Sheepy Magna was rebuilt in 1778.
About 9mi/14km northeast from Ashby-de-la-Zouch there is a Racing Car Collection with racing cars from 1911 at Castle Donington.
East Midlands International Airport Visitor Centre and Aeropark
An airpark and visitor center have been built on this facility with displays covering the history of the East Midlands Airport and local aviation.Aircraft of particular interest include the only Britten Sheriff ever to be completed, a Hunter and a Buccaneer.
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