Directions & Parking in Leicester

Leicestershire lies at the heart of England in the East Midlands. With excellent road, rail and air links, it is easy to reach from all parts of the UK.

Travelling by Car

Leicester is 2 hours by car from London, 1 hour from Birmingham and 2 hours from Manchester. The M1 passes through Leicestershire, with Junctions 20-24 providing good access to the county. The M69 and M6 also offer easy access from Birmingham, Wales and the Southwest. For Leicester car park information click here. To download a map of Leicester city centre and car parks, click here.

City Centre Car Parking Zones

North: If you are travelling into Leicester city centre from the north of Leicestershire (A6, A607) you will need to follow 'North Zone' car parking signs for Abbey Street, Haymarket and Lee Circle car parks.

East: If you are travelling into Leicester city centre from the east of Leicestershire (A47) you will need to follow  'East Zone' car parking signs for East Street, Rutland Centre and Lee Circle car parks.

South: If you are travelling into Leicester city centre from the south of Leicestershire (A6, A5199, A426) you will need to follow 'South Zone' car parking signs for East Street, Newarke Street, Welford Road and Rutland Centre car parks.  

West: If you are travelling into Leicester city centre from the west of Leicestershire (A47) you will need to follow 'West Zone' car parking signs for Highcross Leicester John Lewis Car Park, Highcross Rooftop and St Nicholas Circle car parks.

* Car parking charges vary according to time, season and car park

Travelling by Train

Leicester is on the East Midlands Trains line from London St. Pancras to South Yorkshire. Direct trains from London take 75 minutes. Market Harborough, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray and Hinckley all have railway stations. The nearest station to Ashby de la Zouch is Loughborough. For further information contact National Rail Enquiries.

Travelling by Coach

National Express offer national coach services to Leicester. London to Leicester takes just under 3 hours. Ashby de la Zouch, Coalville, Kegworth, Market Harborough, Loughborough and East Midlands Airport are also served by National Express.

Travelling by Air

Visitors travelling to and from East Midlands Airport and Leicester can take the direct Leicester Skylink bus, getting you there in less than an hour. The service operates hourly, 24 hours 7 days a week. £10 family return tickets are available for up to five poeple, maximum two adults. For further information visit www.skylink.co.ukLocal Travel

For information on bus services throughout Leicester and Leicestershire, including Park & Ride services for the city, call the Travel Line on 0871 200 22 33.

Shopmobility 

Shopmobility (situated next to the scenic lifts in Highcross) is open Monday - Friday 9:30am-4pm and Saturday from 9:30am-3:30pm. For more information please call 0116 2532596 or email shopmobility@leicester.gov.uk

Haymarket Shopmobility (situated in Haymarket Bus Station) is open  Monday - Friday 9:30am-4pm and Saturday from 9:30am-3:30pm. For more information please call 0116 2537125 or email shopmobility@leicester.gov.uk

 

Foot & Pedal Power

Leicester and Leicestershire is a cycle-friendly destination. More and more people are choosing cycling to get fit and get around.  Explore the countryside by bike and take in the views of Leicestershire's rolling countryside. Follow inner city cycle-trails and linear routes through Leicester and see how regeneration has changed the city-scape.

Useful links:

www.leicester.gov.uk/cycle-city

www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment/countryside/cycle_trails.htm