Based in the centre of England, East Midlands airport is located between the busy cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester making it a perfect place to explore from. It is also very close to the historic motorsport circuit of Donington Park.
Above, completed in 1929, Nottingham's impressive Council House forms the backdrop for the Old Market Square.
Visitors heading for Nottingham can use the direct Nottingham Skylink bus service, which runs half-hourly around the clock between the airport and Nottingham Railway Station. Taxis are freely available, the fare to Nottingham being £26. Journey time to central Nottingham is about half an hour.
Set on the banks of the River Trent, the Priest House has a fearsome reputation for luxury. Business travellers are catered for with free wifi and meeting facilities, while the hotel’s restaurant has earned two AA rosettes. www.handpickedhotels.co.uk
Just five minutes from East Midlands airport, Donington Manor Hotel is set in an 18th century building, but offers all the comfort expected by modern travellers. www.doningtonmanorhotel.com
The Bay Tree in the village of Melbourne offers a modern take on British classics, using influences from around the world. Friendly staff and a relaxed environment www.baytreerestaurant.co.uk
The nearby cities of Leicester and Nottingham are renowned for their authentic and award-winning Indian cuisine. Voted top ten Indian restaurant in the country by the Times, Kayal has a restaurant in both cities and offers real Keralan cuisine from south India. www.kayalrestaurant.com
Chatsworth House, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District, is a stately home with the original house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground in a beautiful 1,000-acre park. www.chatsworth.org
For a, literally, out of this world experience, why not travel to Leicester to visit the UK’s National Space Centre? www.spacecentre.co.uk
Dickinson & Morris has been baking pork pies in Melton Mowbray since 1851. They are the oldest remaining bakers of the authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie in the town centre today. www.porkpie.co.uk