Loughborough is a market town in Leicestershire.


Loughborough's fortunes were built on engineering and textiles. Now, however, the largest employer is Loughborough University, this has a dramatic impact on the town. The 14,000 students account for around one in four of the town's population. This gives the town a younger profile than you might expect in term time but makes the place relatively quiet during the summer.

The university has a 437 ac campus on the mostly residential western side of the town. The campus occupies a band running west from the ring road to the edge of town, splitting the northern estates from the Forest Side in the south-west. The eastern side of the town, close to the canal and the railway lines is generally older, includes the town centre and contains more of the town's industry and industrial heritage.

In recent years, the university has sought to promote itself as a centre of excellence for sport. It now hosts facilities for a number of national associations including the headquarters of the Amateur Swimming Association and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)'s National Cricket Performance Centre. Loughborough will provide the main camp for 'Team GB' in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics and the university's facilities will be also be used by the Japanese Olympic team.

Get in

By air

East Midlands Airport is 7 miles northwest of Loughborough. The town is well-connected to the airport by the Skylink bus service, a more direct link than via East Midlands Parkway railway station.

By train

Loughborough is served by East Midland Trains travelling from London to Sheffield and London to Nottingham and by Cross Country Trains to Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, and Birmingham. Loughborough's railway station is approx 1 mile north-east of the town centre.

By road

Loughborough sits on the main A6 road between Leicester and Derby and adjacent to the M1 motorway (at junction 23).

By bicycle

Loughborough is on National Cycle Route 6.

By narrow-boat

The refurbished Loughborough Wharf at the northern edge of the town centre links to the Grand Union Canal.

Get around

By bus

The main bus services within the town are provided by Kinchbus. Services to surrounding areas are provided by Arriva, Trent Barton, South Notts, Centrebus & Paul Winson.


A major remodelling of the town centre in the 1930s means that large parts of the centre were built in Art Deco style and many of these building survive. Of note is the foyer of Reel Cinema.




There is a twice weekly market in central Market Place every Thursday & Saturday.




Go next

Notable beauty spots around Loughborough include:

To the west of the town: Garendon Park former deer park with limited public access but containing a number of Listed buildings and monuments such as the Temple of Venus. To the south-west of the town: Beacon Hill and the Outwoods and Jubilee wood which form the eastern edge of The National Forest. To the south towards Leicester is Bradgate Park; formerly royal a deer park and home to Lady Jane Grey.

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