Welcome to Coalville | GoLeicestershire

Welcome to Coalville and surrounding villages

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.