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Castle Donington

Castle Donington, home of Midland motor racing and the Download Festival

Castle Donington Information and accommodation guide

Castle Donington is situated in Leicestershire, close to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire borders, 5 miles from East Midlands Airport with easy access from the M1 and M42 ( A42 ) Motorways as well as the A50. East Midlands Airport is served by several major airlines including Bmi, Ryanair and EasyJet.

Castle Donington has a population of around 6000 residents. The town ( large village ) is a mixture of both old and new buildings with several timber framed houses dating still surviving from the from the 17th century and earlier. There are 2 primary schools as well as a high school.

The village has plenty of pub life including the popular Priest House and Donington Manor. Castle Donington annually hosts a travelling fair, known locally as Donington Wakes. A farmers market is held On the second Saturday of every month at St. Edwards CofE primary school and nearly every Sunday a very large market is held at Donington Park.

Donington Park
Donington Park
Donington Park
Donington Park

Castle Donington Museum occupies the ground floor of the Stone House, a charming 17th Century listed building which was originally used as a farm. The Museum has a small shop selling local interest books and locally produced crafts and toys.

Donington Park is owned by Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd and used as a motor racing track, and for music festivals.

Donington Park was the original venue for the Monsters of Rock heavy metal festivals through the 1980s and 1990s, and is now the home of the annual Download Festival. Donington Park is also home to a museum known as the Donington Grand Prix Exhibition which opened in 1973, and has the largest collection of Grand Prix cars in the world.

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