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Loughborough Introduction

Loughborough has a compact, modern town centre with a big student population. There's excellent shopping by day, both in the high street stores and colourful market, and a lively nightlife scene. Just half an hour's drive from Leicester, Loughborough has excellent transport links, making it an ideal base from which to explore the East Midlands.

Hotels in Loughborough

There are cheap Loughborough hotels throughout the town, great for visitors to the university or those who want to explore the area. Most accommodation in the town is 3-star, so you'll get excellent Loughborough hotel rates that include free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Some of the larger hotels have restaurants and bars on-site, and meeting facilities for business travellers. Rooms are basic and comfortable, with tea and coffee making facilities, free toiletries and cable television, so you can enjoy a relaxing break.

Where to stay

Large areas of the town centre are pedestrianised, meaning you can book a hotel near the centre of Loughborough and be close to most facilities. The wide, car-free streets have allowed the town's market to thrive, and Thursdays and Saturdays see the town full of traditional striped market stalls, piled high with fruit and veg, clothes, gifts and much more. Mostly modern, with a few nicely preserved Victorian buildings, Loughborough has a wide selection of high street shops. The large student population means there's a lively nightlife scene, with lots of bars set in a compact area of town that gets packed with revellers during term time.

Things to see

Go back to the age of steam trains on the Great Central Railway. Shiny vintage trains puff down the double track, passing through the town, woodlands and open countryside. As you sit in old wooden carriages with plush seats and large windows, you'll pass several stations that have been preserved as they were in the golden age of railway. Manor Farm Park & Woodlands are in the East Leake area, close to many discount hotels. A family-friendly attraction, you can enjoy farmland trails where you'll spot donkeys, goats and much more, then head for the woodland where over 40 owls live high in the trees. There's an adventure playground where kids can burn off some energy, and an indoor play barn for rainy days, with padded floors for safe play.

How to get to Loughborough

East Midlands Airport is an easy arrival point, with direct flights across Europe and services from lots of budget airlines. It's just a half-hour coach ride on the Skylink service and many Loughborough hotels are just a short walk from the bus station. There's also the larger Birmingham Airport, which is about 70 minutes away by road, and also has flights from major European cities. From here you can take a coach to Birmingham's main coach station then change for Loughborough, which takes about 2.5 hours. Loughborough railway station is just a mile from the town centre, with taxis available, and has direct trains to London, Leicester, Sheffield, Nottingham and other cities.