Three Day Itinerary

We recommend a three-day visit to make the most of all The Grand Tour has to offer across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, although the varied programme means you could easily spend more or less time exploring.

Itinerary Option 1

Day 1

Morning – Arrive in Derby and visit the new Joseph Wright Institute in Derby Museum and Art Gallery presenting Wright Revealed, an insight into the restoration and conservation of the works of Joseph Wright of Derby, one of Britain’s most popular artists.

Depart Derby for Nottingham at your leisure (35 minutes by car).

Lunch – Arrive in Nottingham enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the city centre. We recommend Thea Caffea and Iberico World Tapas, both of which are within an easy stroll of Nottingham Contemporary, and the cafe onsite at the gallery is also a real treat.

Afternoon – Visit Nottingham Contemporary, where you’ll see more than 50 items from Chatsworth’s private collection on display in this beautiful modern art gallery. Explore the collection and enjoy interpretive drawings by leading artist Pablo Bronstein, who has curated the exhibition and been inspired by Chatsworth and its extensive art collection.

Evening – Stay overnight in Nottingham in one of the many city centre hotels, such as luxury hotel Hart’s which also has a highly acclaimed restaurant onsite, or the brand new Roomzzz Apartments which are within walking distance of many historic attractions such as Nottingham Castle. Make a night out of it with a trip to one of the theatres, or take in a pub crawl encompassing some of the beautiful pubs on our Architecture Ale Trail.

Day 2

Morning – Depart Nottingham and head north into rural Nottinghamshire. Along the way we recommend a visit to Newstead Abbey, which was the ancestral home of romantic poet Lord Byron, and is set in extensive parkland and gardens. You’ll see some of the pieces Byron collected on his own Grand Tour in 1809, and learn of the notorious poet who was ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. Also worth a visit on the way north is Rufford Abbey Country Park – don’t miss the sculpture trail in the beautiful landscape gardens, and a walk around the scenic lake.

Lunch – Arrive at the Welbeck Estate in north Nottinghamshire (50 minutes by car from Nottingham). The Harley Cafe onsite is the perfect place to start your visit, where you can enjoy deliciously prepared food featuring produce prepared on the estate such as Stichelton Cheese and Welbeck Bakery Bread.

Afternoon – Visit The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate, where you’ll see pieces by Rem Koolhaas inspired by the historic tunnels beneath the Welbeck Estate as part of The Grand Tour. Nearby you can see ancient Ice Age Art in the limestone gorge at Creswell Crags – take the three mile circular walk from The Harley Gallery if you’re looking to stretch your legs.

Evening – Stay overnight in north Nottinghamshire where you’ll find award-winning B&Bs such as Brown’s of Holbeck on the Welbeck Estate or The Ulvers tucked away in the charming village of Cuckney. Alternatively, book a stay at one of our many luxury hotels such as the Ye Olde Bell Hotel located at Barnby Moor, or experience Sherwood Forest first hand in a stylish Sherwood Forest cabin at Forest Holidays and the Sherwood Hideaway.

Day 3

Morning – Depart north Nottinghamshire and head to Chatsworth, the historic home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire set in the heart of the Peak District. On the way you might like to stop at National Trust property Hardwick Hall or English Heritage property Bolsover Castle, both of which are beautiful heritage attractions with links to the grand tours of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Lunch – Chatsworth (45 minute drive from The Harley Gallery) is your final destination and here you’ll find plenty of places to stop for lunch. Enjoy fantastic views and seasonal produce at the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop Cafe, relaxed family dining at the Carriage House restaurant or a more sophisticated menu at the Cavendish restaurant.

Afternoon – See work by artist Pablo Bronstein inspired by Chatsworth’s Baroque architecture in the New Gallery, specially commissioned for The Grand Tour. While here you can also explore the house and 105 acre garden, and visit the Make Yourself Comfortable exhibition which coincides with The Grand Tour programme.