museums and attractions

Attractions in East Midlands

The East Midlands has an interesting mix of museums, transport centres, e.g. the East Anglian Transport Museum, and railways as well as bus and aviation museums, not forgetting a rich choice of windmills and canals.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions in the East Midlands area.

Famous Trains Model Railway

Markeaton Park, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 3BG.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

A large, permanent 00 scale model railway and exhibition. Watch the model trains go by – learn about the railway history and how railways operate –…

Railways / Model Railway

Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7JB.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The only visitor centre on the Chesterfield Canal, a countryside oasis close to the centre of Chesterfield.

Transport / Maritime

Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum

Cross Street, Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8QY.

  • Parking
  • Full disabled access

The museum boasts well stocked displays and memorabilia from the local mine and surrounding area, so the history of mining not just in Bilsthorpe but across…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Erewash Museum

High Street, Ilkeston , Derbyshire, DE7 5JA.

  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

There's plenty to discover and learn about, from local industry such as coal mining and Stanton Ironworks, to how the Victorians lived, worked and played.…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

International Bomber Command Centre

Canwick Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN4 2RF.

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  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

At the heart of the Centre are the Memorial Spire and Walls of Names. The centre includes recording, preserving and relating the stories of all those involved…

Transport / Aircraft

The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust – West Shed

c/o: The Midland Railway, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

Visit the West Shed to see historic steam locomotives and railway carriages with displays, films and an active engineering workshop. Whether you’re a…

Railways / Railway Museum

Canalside Heritage Centre

Weir Cottages, Canal Side,, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1LZ.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

It is a vibrant hub for visitors to enjoy and explore, with an interpretation centre, as well as blooming gardens and lots of activities to delight in.…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Framework Knitters Museum

Chapel Street, Ruddington , Nottinghamshire, NG11 6HE.

  • Part disabled access

A unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard with an adjacent former chapel in which many of the…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Mountsorrel & Rothley Community Heritage Centre

240 Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leicestershire, LE7 7SJ.

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  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

Within the Centre is the Heritage Room which has displays from the villages of Mountsorrel and Rothley which have a rich and varied past. There is too…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Cogglesford Mill

East Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7EQ.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The present mill was mainly built in the early 18th century, but millers have produced flour on this site for over 1,000 years. This award winning building…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

North Leverton Windmill

Mill Lane, North Leverton, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0BA.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop

Built in 1813 by a group of local farmers, this is a unique windmill that has never stopped milling, it grinds flour and animal feeds regularly.

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Shardlow Heritage Centre

London Road, Shardlow, Derbyshire, DE72 2GA.

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  • Part disabled access

Housed in the oldest of a group of 18th century canal warehouses, it tells the story of the village from Roman times to the present day with particular…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum

Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 3QT.
Tel: 01522 500 566.

  • Parking
  • Full disabled access

Houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history. There are also many interesting…

Transport / Road

The Village Church Farm

Church Road South, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 2HF.
Tel: 01754 766 658.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Lincolnshire's only open air museum featuring a Grade II Listed farmhouse, mud & stud cottage and various other agricultural buildings of interest.

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Stonehurst Family Farm & Museum

Bond Lane, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, LE12 7AA.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The motor museum with its collection of motoring memorabilia, veteran, vintage and classic cars as well as Leicestershire's first motorised bus, forms…

Transport / Road

Swannington Incline

Main Street, Swannington, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 8QN.

Part of the Leicester & Swannington Railway, one of England's first, built by Robert Stephenson to carry coal. An engine house at the top housed an engine…

Open Access

Museum of Rural Life

Alford Manor House, West Street, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 9HT.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Houses many of the town's historic artefacts, including a rare man-driven wheelwright's lathe, and winnower, huller and threshing machine. Many old workmen's…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Canal Museum @ The BoilerHouse

Middle Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA.
Tel: 0116 279 2657.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Tells the story of Foxton Locks, one of the top sites on the canal, with a ten lock staircase and remains of the steam driven Victorian barge lift. Explore…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Quinceys Pumping Station

Thorpe Culvert, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, PE24 4NL.

  • Parking

Houses two Ruston & Hornsby 9 x HRC twin cylinder horizontal diesel engines, each coupled directly to a Gwynnes centrifugal pump. These pumps can move…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Gayton Engine Pumping Station 2017

Thacker Bank, Theddlethorpe All Saints, Lincolnshire, LN12 1PE.

  • Parking

Built and completed by H M Commissioners of Sewers in 1850, to pump water from Gayton fen and marsh into the Great River Eau. Houses Petter 'Atomic' diesel…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

Skegness Water Leisure Park, Walls Lane, Ingoldmells, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 1JF.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Approx. ½ mile 600mm gauge railway and uses ex-WD light railway equipment from the First World War. The line runs alongside the Skegness aerodrome and…

Railways / Heritage Railways

RAF Wickenby Memorial Collection

The Control Tower, Wickenby Aerodrome, Langworth, Nr Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN3 5AX.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments

Tells the story of RAF Wickenby which was once the home of 12 & 626 Squadrons during WWII.

Transport / Aircraft

Great Central Railway – Nottingham

Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, NG11 6JS.
Tel: 0115 940 5705.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Offers almost 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire.

Railways / Heritage Railways

Moira Furnace Museum

Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Leicestershire, DE12 6AT.
Tel: 01283 224 667.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

19th century open blast furnace. Guided tour shows how it worked and the lives of the inhabitants of the area. Boat trips on Ashby Canal run daily from…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

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