New homes in Swadlincote
Whether you’re shopping in the town centre, exploring local museums or enjoying a cycle ride through the surrounding countryside, there’s lots for the whole family to enjoy close to your new home in Swadlincote. Located in the heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire, Swadlincote is the ideal place to be if you want a rural lifestyle within easy reach of Derby, Burton-upon-Trent and Nottingham.
A quick history
When the Domesday Book was recorded, Swadlincote was just a small manor. The local area was mainly rural until the 18th century when collieries, potteries and brickworks were established in and around Swadlincote, with the industries thriving into the 20th century.
Today Swadlincote is a commuter town, with easy transport routes to nearby towns and cities including Nottingham and Derby. It’s also home to a number of manufacturing businesses.
Business and industry
Industry in Swadlincote has historically been founded on mining and manufacturing, with local employers including Sandvik Mining and Construction and Brunel Healthcare Manufacturing. Many people living in Swadlincote commute to work, with major businesses nearby including JCB in Uttoxeter, Dairy Crest in Nuneaton, Next in Leicester and Boots, E.On and Capital One in Nottingham.
Things to do in the area
If you enjoy shopping, the town centre of Swadlincote has both high street and independent stores. Hepworth Retail Park is home to a cinema, restaurants and shops, while Sharpe’s Pottery Museum is a great place to take the kids for an afternoon of culture.
For a breath of fresh air, Conkers has woodland walks, an adventure ropes course and an activity trail, while Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre is a good starting point for bike rides through the local countryside. If you want to perfect your snowsport techniques, you can pay a visit to Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre.
Other attractions near to Swadlincote include Twycross Zoo, Claymills Victorian Pumping Station in Burton-upon-Trent, Rosliston Forestry Centre and the National Forest Adventure Farm. Ashby de la Zouch has a museum and castle, while Drayton Manor Theme Park is only a short drive away for adrenaline-fuelled family fun.
Travel and commuting
Swadlincote is well-connected to a number of major towns and cities in the East Midlands. Although there’s no train station in the town, nearby Burton-upon-Trent has regular rail services. From Swadlincote the journey to Burton-upon-Trent takes 15 minutes, while Derby can be reached in 30 minutes by car, Loughborough in 35 minutes and Leicester in 40 minutes. Nottingham and Birmingham are both 40 minutes away by car, while the drive to London takes two hours 40 minutes. The train from Derby to St Pancras International is quicker than car journey, with a journey time of one hour 40 minutes.
When it’s time to go on holiday or take a business trip, East Midlands Airport is only a 20-minute drive away, and Birmingham Airport can be reached in 40 minutes.