A historic market town, Loughborough mixes historic architecture with modern art galleries and country parks. A traditional open-air market comes to life in the central Market Square while steam trains, museums and walking paths highlight the city’s cultural heritage.
Things to do in Loughborough
Industrial trades, such as the woollen and hosiery industries, have deep roots in Loughborough, with repurposed Italianate buildings, such as Town Hall, once housing the Corn Exchange in the 1800s. Stoll the Market Square to view architectural wonders, a centuries-old fountain and “The Sock” sculpture commemorating past labour trades. You’ll also find contemporary carvings with depictions of bells, the university and canal.
Don’t miss seeing dozens of bells and war memorabilia inside The Carillon and War Memorial in Queen’s Park. At the John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum, you can discover the history of bell and hear striking melodies. For a deep-dive into the natural history and geology of the region, stop by Charnwood Museum.
Get some fresh air at Bradgate Country Park, created more than 700 years ago from a section of Charnwood Forest. Once a hunting park, it’s still home to free-roaming fallow and red deer, as well as the stone crenellated “Old John Tower” from the 1700s. Climb the tower for expansive views of the forest and Soar Valley.
Hop aboard the Great Central Railway for a 13-kilometre steam-engine ride. Back in town, place a bet at the Castle Donnington Race Circuit or snag some tickets for performance art or music at Charnwood Theatre.
Getting around Loughborough
Buses, taxis and bicycle hires service the city, while a shuttle bus operates on campus. You can rent a car at East Midlands Airport, about a 20-minute drive away.