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Pocket Guide: Market Harborough

A quintessentially English market town with a proud history spanning as far back as the Saxon period, Market Harborough benefits from excellent transport links to the rest of Britain. The town offers regular direct trains to London St. Pancras International and other cities such as Sheffield and Nottingham, and is a great base for exploring Leicestershire's other historic sights and natural attractions. This area of Leicestershire also has a good range of hotels and bed and breakfast establishment catering to different tastes and budgets.

A Brief History of Market Harborough

Market Harborough played a key role in the English Civil War, when it served as the headquarters for Royalist forces in 1645, who suffered a devastating defeat at the Battle of Naseby nearby.

Museums and churches in Market Harborough

One of the main attractions in the town is the Harborough Museum, which is housed in a former garment factory and showcases Market Harborough's historic role as an important regional trading centre. Here, you can also look at numerous 17th century toys, and thousands of historic gold and silver coins.

See beautiful St. Dionysius Church and its attractive interior artwork, then consider a short journey to Rockingham Castle, a former Royal retreat that has existed for more than 900 years. For some fantastic local produce, you could also head to the Farndon Fields Farm Shop, which has plenty of parking space and an excellent restaurant.

Day Trip Ideas from Market Harborough

Visit ancient Leicester and observe its striking Roman ruins, the impressive New Walk Museum and Art Gallery history exhibit, the medieval Leicester Guildhall, and the acclaimed National Space Centre. The historic market centre of Ashby de la Zouch should also be on your list of things-to-see. It is also noted for its medieval castle and is close to the Staunton Harold Hall country estate.

Comfortable Hotels with WiFi Access in Market Harborough

Most hotels in the Market Harborough provide WiFi in all public areas and rooms, and some also provide high-speed internet connections and conference facilities for business guests. If you're looking for the idyllic venue for a romantic break, you could consider the charming Three Swans Hotel in Market Harborough City Centre, which provides delicious food, free parking, and free internet access.