The sad reality is that there are hardly any attractions at all in Loughborough. For a town with such a large and vibrant student population, Loughborough is severly lacking in culturally significant attractions and institutions. On the plus side the town does boast the hub of the revamped Great central Railway which offers a unique insight into the workings of Steam trains and has the oppourtunity to experience it first hand. Similarly, the town's industrial history is evident in the museum located in Queen's park, which documents Loughborough's important past as an industrial and railway town.
In terms of music, the town offers very little. Bands sometimes include either the town hall or the university on their gig trails but students often find themselves having to go to Nottingham or Leicester to watch the up and coming bands. The town's close proximity to Nottingham and Leicester stop it becoming culturally isolated and there are good bus links with both cities. Shopping in Loughborough itself is a disappointment. Whilst the market that fills the market square every Thursday and Saturday has some good bargins it is mostly uninspiring. There are a few high street names including Virgin and Waterstone's to keep shoppers happy but students may want to take day trips to Nottingham, Derby or Leicester to keep their wardrobes trendy.