East Midlands

With its own airport and direct trainlines to London, this well-connected region covers the counties of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Cleveland.

Many tourist attractions draw visitors including Richard III’s visitor centre in Leicester, the impressive Lincoln Cathedral, appealing country towns like Oakham and Fotheringhay, as well as Alton Towers – which alone gets around 2 million visitors a year. It’s rich with natural beauty too, from the stunning Stanwick Lakes in Northampton and Monsal Trail in Bakewell, to the beautiful scenery around Rutland and the striking flatlands of The Fens.

It’s also the beating heart of middle England’s business hub, with the many cities of Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton, Derby and Loughborough all contributing to the region, as well as accommodating several of the country’s well-respected universities. There are also a plethora of spectacular country estates, many of which host private events and the most famous of which is Princess Diana’s family home of Althorp, where she is buried.