About the East Midlands

The East Midlands encompasses the combined area of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and most of Lincolnshire.

Situated in the heart of England, the region offers beautiful countryside, plus all of the amenities of large thriving cities and energetic market towns. The region offers wide and varied nightlife, theatres, museums, parks and excellent shopping, in addition to a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Transport links to the East Midlands

Due to its central location and good transport links, most areas of England can be reached easily from the East Midlands.


The M1 motorway serves all of the region's county towns, with the exception of Lincoln, and affords a motorway link to London and Leeds. Towards the east of the region lies the A1, an important route for journeys to and from ports on England's east coast. The A46 follows a route which, since Roman times, has provided a connection between the south west and north eastern parts of the region. The A43 dual carriageway connects the East Midlands with the South of England.


East Midlands Airport in north-west Leicestershire is situated between the three cities of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester and offers budget flights to many European destinations. The international airports of Birmingham, Luton and Stansted are within easy reach, while Heathrow can be accessed via rail.


London is less than two hours away by rail. Two of the United Kingdom's mainline railways serve the region - the Midland Main Line and the East Coast Mainline, providing services terminating at London St Pancras railway station and London Kings Cross railway station respectively. Both operators provide regular high-speed services to London, and to the North. England's primary south-west to north-east Cross Country Route runs through Birmingham and Derby.

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