The Midlands & the Marches

Family-oriented nature centre Conkers has interactive displays, indoor and outdoor playgrounds (the latter includes high and low ropes courses), a viewing tower and boardwalks through the woodlands. It's 20 miles northwest of Leicester off the A444.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Midlands & the Marches attractions

1. Calke Abbey

5.42 MILES

Built around 1703, quirky Calke Abbey was occupied by a dynasty of eccentric and reclusive baronets, resulting in a ramshackle maze of rooms crammed with…

2. National Brewery Centre

5.88 MILES

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…

3. Drayton Manor

11.47 MILES

Drayton has been serving up screams since 1949. Crowd-pleasers include the heart-in-mouth Apocalypse free-fall tower and Shockwave, Europe's first stand…

4. Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

11.56 MILES

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…

5. Royal Crown Derby Factory

12.22 MILES

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…

6. Lichfield Museum

12.63 MILES

Exhibits cover 1300 years of Lichfield history at this museum inside the revamped St Mary's Church, which also contains the town's library and art gallery…

7. Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

12.67 MILES

This absorbing museum charts the life of the pioneering lexicographer, wit, poet and critic Samuel Johnson, who moved to London from his native Lichfield…

8. Lichfield Cathedral

12.73 MILES

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