Car rental is also useful for getting around town with ease and at a pace that suits you...
Known for its sporting university and as a vibrant market town, Loughborough makes a great base for visitors who hope to see more of the East Midlands region. There's certainly a lot to see. From the cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, to the nearby National Space Centre, plus parklands and stately homes - this eastern patch of England serves up a tempting taste of the nation without being overrun by the tourist hordes that flock to other parts of the UK.
In Loughborough itself, you can spend time and money at a variety of centrally-located and charming independent stores as well as a wide range of high street favourites. The restaurant scene is eclectic, with a hearty nod to nearby Leicester, which is often voted as the curry capital of Britain, and the pub and café scene is welcoming.
The town is home to the Great Central Railway, which is the UK's only main line heritage railway that operates on a double track. This means that you can see steam engines chugging magnificently past one another - a true echo of the area's heritage. You can hop aboard a steam train from Loughborough every weekend and on selected days in summer.
Charnwood Forest can be accessed just a few minutes south of Loughborough and a hire car is ideal if you want to visit this vast area. More barren and rock-strewn than the name suggests, here you can take bracing walks over the rolling hills, visit historic sites and tour country parks, such as Bradgate Park. At the heart of Charnwood Forest and home to herds of deer, Bradgate Park is a great spot for summer picnics.
Having a car in Loughborough makes it easy to see the sights, as not all of the attractions are located centrally in town. Book your Loughborough car rental deal with TravelSupermarket and then collect your vehicle at a location in the downtown area. To compare prices and find a great deal on car rental, use the search tool on TravelSupermarket.
It's worth investing in car hire; Loughborough is a good spot for explorations of the east of England...
Sitting roughly in the middle of the triangle created by Leicester, Nottingham and Derby, the town of Loughborough couldn't be better placed for a variety of city trips.
The remains of Richard III were found in a car park in Leicester in 2012 and visitors can dig a little deeper into the final weeks of the last Plantagenet king of England at a number of locations, such as Bosworth Battlefield. The battlefield is a 40-minute drive south-west of Loughborough but well worth the journey for lovers of history (and nature - the surrounding walks through Leicestershire countryside are lovely). The National Space Centre is on the edge of Leicester and the perfect day out for budding astronauts.
Nottingham sings songs of mystery and intrigue that revolve around everybody's favourite outlaw, Robin Hood. Find out everything you could want to know about this son of Nottinghamshire during guided tours of the city and at Sherwood Forest - home of the oak tree that was the supposed hideaway of Robin Hood and his band of men. It's a 30-minute drive from Loughborough to Nottingham, though Sherwood Forest is much further north, close to the border with Yorkshire, and it will take just over an hour to reach it.
Visitors with a taste for real ale should make a beeline for Derby, which is home to lots of microbreweries, the National Brewery Centre, and, of course, a great selection of both modern and traditional pubs.
Within just minutes of the M1 motorway, which offers fast access to the motorway network of the Midlands, visitors in Loughborough can strike out in any direction and hit a major attraction in less than an hour. To the west is Birmingham, to the south Stratford-upon-Avon, while driving north will take you to places such as the Peak District and South Yorkshire.