Useful information

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 south-west.

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.

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.

Local travel

For information on bus services throughout Leicester and Leicestershire for the city, call the Travel Line on 0871 200 2233.


Leicestershire is a cycle-friendly destination. Follow inner city cycle-trails and linear routes through Leicester and see how regeneration has changed the city-scape.

Walking & cycling maps

Visit the Choose How You Move website for cycle maps and routes to help move about by foot and by cycle.