Things to do near East Midlands Airport
If you’re spending a few days at our East Midlands Airport hotel, there are plenty of sights and attractions just a short drive away. Here are some of our favourites.
Donington Park Circuit hosts a range of events - from motorcycle festivals and track days to car races and music events - making it a great place to visit while you’re in the area. The track is just five minutes away from our hotel by car.
We recommend: booking an unforgettable ‘experience day’ driving luxury cars at the circuit.
Calke Abbey Visit the beautiful country estate, Calke Abbey, to see a traditional stately manor house complete with walled gardens, an orangery and a physic garden. The National Trust site is just 15 minutes away from Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport by car.
We recommend: enjoying a relaxing stroll through the national nature reserve. Twycross Zoo If you’re visiting our hotel with children, Twycross Zoo is the perfect place to visit. As the only zoo in the UK to house all four great apes, including chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans, it’s well worth a visit to see the primates alone. The car journey from our airport hotel takes around 20 minutes.
We recommend: looking out for the family of critically endangered Amur leopards.
East Midlands Aeropark
Whether you’re a die-hard plane spotter or want to take the kids to see the runway, East Midlands Aeropark is a great place to spend a few hours. After watching jumbo jets land and take off from the viewing mounds, you can go and see the old planes at the outdoor aviation museum.
We recommend: going inside the hangar to see a Bristol Hercules and Rolls Royce Spey.
Great Central Railway
The Great Central Railway is the only double track, main line heritage railway in the UK, and the ideal day out from our East Midlands Airport hotel. Plan your visit by checking the what’s on page of the website, to find special events taking place throughout the year.
We recommend: dining in style with a five course meal in the First Class Restaurant Car on the journey from Loughborough to Leicester.
Exploring beyond East Midlands Airport
If you’re travelling onward from East Midlands Airport, there are lots of great attractions and sights just beyond our hotel. Why not:
- Go for an adrenaline-fuelled day out at Alton Towers theme park
- Enjoy a hike through the Peak District National Park
- Go shopping at the Bullring in Birmingham
Travelling to and from East Midlands Airport
Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport is centrally located and within easy reach of some of the UK’s best-loved cities. To help plan your journey, here’s a rundown of how long it takes to reach popular onward destinations.
Manchester: two hours by car
Birmingham: 40 minutes by car
Derby: 20 minutes by car or 15 minutes by train from East Midlands Parkway
Sheffield: one hour by car or 55 minutes by train from East Midlands Parkway
Nottingham: 20 minutes by car or 15 minutes by train from East Midlands Parkway
London: two hours 30 minutes by car or one hour 25 minutes by train from East Midlands Parkway
From all our team here at Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport, we look forward to welcoming you very soon.