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Boasting an endless array of fascinating sights and a stunning landscape, the East Midlands is surely one of the most diverse destinations in the UK. The perfect location for a getaway, a short break to the region offers the chance to explore some of Britain’s most exciting counties including Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland. While they each retain their own flavour, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester are the three of the main places of interest and all are easily within reach of East Midlands Airport.

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Flight frequency: Daily

Currency: GBP (£)

Population: 4,533,000

Overview of East Midlands

Situated in the heart of England, the East Midlands presents the opportunity for adventure at every turn for the whole family. The huge variety of landscapes in the region is a main draw, with the chance to explore three of the UK’s biggest cities – Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. A hub of industry and development, the East Midlands is home to the world’s first factory, Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mill, as well as many other world heritage sites and beauty spots. There are endless lavish manor houses to explore and if you’re keen to get outside, you’ll find spectacular views and castles dotted around the adjacent hills.

Just 25 minutes from the airport, Derby is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city with plenty of attractions for visitors to enjoy. Nottingham is around a 30 minute drive or a short journey by public transport from the airport and boasts the alfresco beauty of Sherwood Forest, famous for being the home of the legendary Robin Hood. Leicester is slightly further away from the airport at around 40 minutes by car or an hour using public transport, boasting a number of museums and galleries, as well as impressive shopping facilities.

Restaurants and nightlife in East Midlands

The East Midlands is noted for its food, notably for manufacturing some of Britain’s most iconic produce including Red Leicester and Stilton cheese, Lincolnshire sausage, pork pies, the Bakewell tart and the Bramley apple. Leicester, the 'capital of the East Midlands', is well worth a visit if you’re looking for fine dining or a memorable nigh out. Famous for its curries, a trip to the famous Belgrave Road offers the chance to indulge in some of the finest Indian cuisine this side of Mumbai. This huge area has something for everyone in the evenings – home to a huge student population, Leicester has plenty of bustling nightspots and a long tradition of fine international dining. Purchase one of our cheap flights to the East Midlands with Flybe and experience the culinary delights for yourself.

Shopping in East Midlands

The East Midlands boasts one of the most enviable shopping scenes in the UK, with the East Midlands Designer Outlet being a main draw for those that like to look good for less. There are over 70 fashionable label stores to experience, from Ben Sherman to Kurt Geiger and Fiorelli. Each of the main cities boast thriving high streets with all the shops you know and love, but if you’re looking to splash the cash at an American mall-type experience, why not try the famous Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester? A must for those seeking retail therapy, this precinct brags hundreds of high street shops and brilliant boutique stores, a huge restaurant complex and a deluxe 12 screen cinema if you’re looking to catch a movie.

Events and attractions around East Midlands

Why not pay a visit to Nottingham on your trip to the East Midlands? Around 30 minutes from the airport, the legendary location is known affectionately as the 'Queen of the Midlands' and is steeped in history. Celebrated for being the birthplace of the world-famous literary icon Robin Hood, no trip to Nottingham is complete without a visit to Sherwood Forest. A walk in the woodland will take you to the majestic 800 year old Royal Oak – the 23 tonne tree which, according to local lore, was the hiding place for Robin and his band of Merry Men. A vibrant city with plenty for visitors to enjoy, Derby has long been a place of interest and is located just a 25 minute drive away from the main airport. The compact location is particularly good for people who enjoy exploring new places on foot and as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, there are a plethora of museums where you can learn more about England's enthralling past.

Travel to and from East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport is well served by local transport and there are a number of options for your journey to and from the airport.

IATA code: EMA

Name: East Midlands Airport

Address: East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2SA

Telephone: +44 (0)871 919 9000


If you are flying from East Midlands and would like to take your car, there are a number of parking facilities available, including a short stay and a long stay car park. There's no need to book in advance, although if you do, you'll save money. There are also pick-up and drop-off points that are free of charge through the 'Shuttle Plus' scheme, which is signposted upon arrival. From here, you will be able to get a free transfer to the terminal. You can also use the short stay car park for picking up and dropping off. It is priced at £2 for 30 minutes. You can pre-book online with us:

Public Transport

The airport does not have its own railway station but it is easily accessible from East Midlands Parkway, Derby and Nottingham train stations. Nottingham and Derby are connected to the airport by the Skylink bus service which operates every 30 minutes, every day of the week. The best way to travel between East Midlands Parkway and the airport is by taxi. These are provided by Arrow Cars and can be arranged in advance of travel at a cost of £5.75. More details on how to do this can be found on the airport's website. It is also possible to get a bus from the airport to the various towns in the surrounding area.


Arrow Cars provide the taxi service at the airport and taxis can be booked in advance if required. There's an office located opposite Arrivals and all major credit cards are accepted.

Car hire

It is possible to hire a car at the airport upon arrival. It is not necessary not book in advance, but you may wish to in order to secure your desired vehicle and the best possible deal.

Find Hotels around East Midlands

When you visit the East Midlands, you’ll be amazed at the huge variety of accommodation options to choose from. Whether you want to grab a cheap but cheerful room at a B&Bs or book yourself into a quirky guesthouses for the weekend, there’s always an option to suit your style and budget. Find your perfect place to stay with our search tool below.