Home to renowned Loughborough University, which has achieved widespread acclaim for its technology, sports and engineering courses, Loughborough has been an important market centre since the medieval period. Today, the town offers a good selection of accommodation for different budgets, from budget friendly hotels to high-end establishments for special events. It also has regular trains to central London and Leicester, and is under 10 miles from East Midlands Airport.
More About Loughborough University
Celebrating 50 years as an official university in 2016, this popular institution was originally the Loughborough Technical Institute, which was founded in 1909 and was known as the Loughborough Technical Institute. It now has dozens of research institute, and has received numerous Queen's Anniversary Prizes in recognition of its pioneering research.
What to See in Loughborough
See quaint All Saints Church, which has existed for more than 600 years and is adjacent to a former medieval manor house. The town is also home to the Loughborough Central railway museum, which now has a special museum showcasing the history of the local railway network. Near to Loughborough is Grace Dieu Priory, a former Augustinian priory that was founded in the 13th Century but was dissolved during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.
Major Events in Loughborough
From the Children's Illustrated Book Festival to the CAMRA Beer Festival and the open-air summer Festival Opera, the town holds numerous organised events throughout the year. If you're looking for an immaculate hotel that's in the heart of the town, you could book a stay at the affordable Ramada Loughborough on the High Street, which has conference facilities, free WiFi, and a restaurant serving terrific cuisine.
Other Local Attractions
If you've time to spare before you check-in at your hotel in Loughborough, you could take a short journey to medieval Ashby de la Zouch Castle. Alternatively, you can explore the famous National Space Centre in Leicester, which features one of Europe's leading science and astronomy exhibitions. Leicester is also well known for its New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, where you can observe many superb prehistoric and ancient exhibits, including a sauropod dinosaur skeleton found in the nearby country of Rutland.