Leicester is situated in the East Midlands in the heart of England and is one of the oldest cities in the country. With a fascinating heritage and culture dating back to Roman times, Leicester is a vibrant, multicultural city which welcomes visitors to explore its many historic sights, while enjoying all of the comforts and convenience of a modern, cosmopolitan city.
This is a place of contrasts with busy, built up high streets designed alongside parks and tranquil green spaces. Situated on the edge of the National Forest, a stay in Leicester is also a great base for exploring the stunning countryside of central England.
Leicester has been an important town throughout some of England’s most turbulent times and perhaps one of its most famous residents is King Richard III, whose remains were discovered in 2012. Visitors can view the King’s final resting place at Leicester Cathedral and learn about the fascinating story of his life, death and rediscovery at the nearby visitor centre, As well as preserving the past, Leicester is very much focused on the future, and is home to the National Space Centre. Kids will love the huge range of hands on exhibits, including a giant 360 degree planetarium and a regular programme of themed family friendly activities throughout the year.
As well as fun and culture, Leicester has plenty to offer the serious shopper. For convenient indoor shopping in the city centre, the Highcross and Haymarket centres offer a good range of high street names, including plenty of opportunities for taking a break for a coffee or a bite to eat. For something a bit different, head to St Martin’s Square in the centre of the city to discover an intriguing mix of independent shops and businesses.
Browse around this historic area and enjoy live jazz, pop into a traditional English tearoom or sample a range of delicious international cuisine in the many bijou restaurants and bistros. A shopping trip to Leicester would not be complete without a visit to the stunningly refurbished market. This newly developed space is the largest covered outdoor market in Europe, and houses stalls selling, amongst other things, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, artisan cheese, and freshly baked bread and cakes.
Leicester’s reputation as an exciting, multicultural city is reflected in the range of food and drink options available. From award winning restaurants to cosy traditional pubs and inns, the city caters for every taste and budget. For some of the best in asian cuisine, visit the ‘Golden Mile’ in the Belgrave Road area to sample authentic dining from across the continent, and be sure to explore the intriguing selection of independent restaurants at the Lanes and St Martin’s Square areas.
When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of options in and around Leicester. Choose from the comfort and convenience of a modern city centre hotel or guesthouse, a great option for exploring the city’s attractions and taking advantage of the amazing dining and nightlife. For something a little more laid back, or as a base for discovering the countryside, there is a large range of self catered options including charming pet friendly cottages, traditional campsites, as well as those offering camping with a twist in a tipi, a yurt or even a luxury treehouse.
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