Travelling around Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray is situated on the River Eye in the county of Leicestershire. Famous for its pork pies and cheese, there’s much more to this charming town than meat and dairy.
Melton Mowbray is the third oldest market town in Britain, and its rich culture and heritage is evident at every turn. With beautiful black-and-white timbered shopfronts, over 700 listed buildings and a selection of stunning parks and waterways, this timeless Midlands town is well worth the trip.
Melton Mowbray has excellent road and rail links, and Arriva buses operate in the area, providing services to and from Leicester, as well as local towns and villages, such as Thurmaston and East Goscote.
Melton Mowbray has a vibrant history, dating back to the middle of the first century AD, when the town was fought over by Saxons and Danes. Described in the Domesday Book in 1086 as a thriving market town, the Tuesday market has been a regular event ever since it received royal approval in 1324. During the English Civil War, the town was a parliamentary stronghold, and several major battles were fought nearby, with severe losses on both sides. Famously the birthplace of Melton Mowbray pork pies and Stilton cheese, the town was also home to a flourishing cloth trade, which took off after the Industrial Revolution. Today, the town is known as the rural capital of food and drink, and enjoys an international reputation for its local produce.