Loughborough & Charnwood

Discover Charnwood

For nearly 600 million years the powerful forces of nature have been sculpting Charnwood's breath-taking landscapes. A fascinating destination promising a non-stop voyage of discovery from ancient origins to future potential. A centre for discovery, knowledge and enterprise that is shaping tomorrow's world.


Discover Loughborough’s Heritage through augmented reality. The trail takes in the historic buildings, places of interest and an insight into the town’s heritage within Loughborough town centre. Accessible to all, the trail takes approximately one hour to complete, but you may want to stop off for lunch on the way or a spot of retail therapy! There are 15 sites located around the town centre where the trail can be accessed, including The Sockman, Queen’s Park, Carillon and War Memorial. At each site you’ll hear about the history of the town with an audio description and accompanying video. 

The 15 sites which are part of the Discover Loughborough Heritage Trail are:

- Queens Park
- Charnwood Museum
- Loughborough Bells (Queens Park)
- Carillon Museum
- Wards End
- Devonshire Square/Cattle Market
- Town Hall
- Sockman
- Market Place & Fearon Fountain
- Ashby Square
- The Rushes / Loughborough canal basin
- All Saints Parish Church
- Old Rectory Museum
- Baxter Gate
- Great Central Railway (Plaque of Thomas Cook on Southfields Park)

To take part in the Heritage Trail, all you need to do is:

Download the Loyal Free App from the app store on your smartphone or tablet; Register your account or log in; Click 'Tours & Trails' and then 'Discover Loughborough Heritage Trail'; Find the location you are at and click on the link; Read the information about that site or building or click 'See Augmented Reality'; When on 'See Augmented Reality' use your camera to scan the barcode; Watch the video to learn more about Loughborough's history and enjoy!

The Discover Loughborough Heritage Trail is part of the Living Loughborough project which is being supported by £2.87m of funding. To find out more, visit www.loughboroughtowndeal.co.uk/living-loughborough-project.