HOW TO GET HERE
By car, assuming renting at airport of entry, driving times being estimations allowing for average traffic and weather conditions:
from London Gatwick 2h 45m;
from London Heathrow 2h;
from Manchester 2h;
from Birmingham 50m;
from East Midlands 25m;
(There are scheduled services between East Midlands and other airports in the British Isles and Europe, also charter flights to most popular holiday destinations.)
By train from London Gatwick changing at either Luton or Bedford and Leicester. In 2006, however, it should be possible to make the change at London St Pancras, the main station for Leicester.
From London Heathrow, take either Underground to St Pancras, or Heathrow Express - 15 minutes every 15 minutes - to Paddington Station. If using Heathrow Express take the Underground onward to St Pancras (12 minutes), or, if much luggage, then taxi is necessary. Leicester can be reached in just over an hour from St Pancras, where change to a local train will bring you to Barrow.
From Manchester, change is necessary at Birmingham, and possibly Leicester.
From Birmingham, change may be necessary at Leicester.
Click on www.railtrack.co.uk for comprehensive UK rail travel information.
By bus National Express service numbers 230 and 240 operate to Leicester St Margaret's Bus Station, the former originating and terminating at Heathrow. Departures approximately every 2 hours each service, travel times - from Gatwick South Terminal 4h 5m and from Heathrow Central
2h 45m to Leicester. Local buses run from Leicester to Barrow direct.
From Manchester, a change is required in Birmingham to reach Leicester, or Nottingham to reach Loughborough.
From Birmingham, Airbus to city centre (Digbeth Bus Station) then bus to Leicester.
Click on www.nationalexpress.com for comprehensive UK bus travel information.
Pickup can be arranged from Leicester or Loughborough.