Coalville was once a thriving coal mining town and there are still traces of this heritage that can be explored today.

The town was established in the mid-1820s when William Stenson developed Coalville's first mine and was responsible for bringing George and Robert Stephenson to the area to build the Leicester and Swannington Railway in order to transport the coal.


Today the town centre has a range of shops and tearooms and restaurants which cater for everyday shopping. Coalville Market is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with a wealth of stalls including fruit and vegetables, household goods, adult and childrens clothing, memorabilia, and charity stalls. It's an indoor market and is situated adjacent to the town's main pay and display car park. All car parks in the town offer free parking after 3pm.

The Century Theatre is Britain's oldest surviving travelling theatre which is now in its permanent home on the site of Snibston Pit just outside the town centre. It is a unique venue and hosts live shows, comedy evenings, cinema and music most weeks of the year.

There are a number of trails around the town. An art trail takes visitors on a trip around the town looking for mosaics, statues, murals and a group of Irish elk!

The National Cycle Route 52 goes through Coalville to join with Loughborough and Bosworth Battlefield and on to Nuneaton and beyond. It is a pleasant route that passes villages and places of interest on the way.


The Green Flag Award winning Coalville Park, located in the town, enjoys children's play areas, tennis courts, picnic areas and flower borders and is situated next to the Coalville Bowls Club. Hermitage Leisure Centre is just outside the town which has a swimming pool and excellent sports and leisure facilities, mini golf and is home to NW Leicestershire Society of Model Engineers who have monthly public open days.

Just outside the town you can explore the 1620s House and Garden where you can take a walk back in time and immerse yourself in an early 17th century fully furnished house. There are regular events that take place here too.

There is a good choice of restaurants, tearooms and pubs in the town serving a wide choice of food and drink to cater for the tastes of all visitors. Central in the town is the Hermitage Park Hotel, a three start hotel with good facilities, and Broadlawns, a guest house with self catering options.


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Manor House

Just outside the town you'll find the 1620s House and Garden.  

Buy an annual pass and visit as many times as you wish during the year.  Take a look round and enjoy refreshments in the tearoom on site.  Regular events, including open air theatre also take place here.

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Local Landmark

This sculpture of a mother and child is a well-known landmark of Coalville and is located just outside of the shopping centre on Ashby Road. The string shopping bag the mother holds contains lumps of coal, a bobbin, books, a baby doll and
another item representing the commerce, mining, elastic web weaving, Palitoy and other industries of the town.