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Leicester travel guide

An inspiring mix of cultures and traditions

Cosmopolitan and cultured, historic but futuristic, buzzing yet relaxed. Unusual shops, fine restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and a strong cultural diversity have all contributed to Leicester's recent style revolution.

A great city break

Leicester is everything you would expect from a truly multicultural metropolis - vibrant, thriving and ultra cosmopolitan. Explore the regenerated city centre and discover the story of King Richard III: you can even follow in his last steps!

Don’t miss the world-class Curve Theatre , fine restaurants and the superb Highcross Leicester shopping centre, or family attractions like the National Space Centre and the ancient Roman ruins at the Jewry Wall Museum .

Culture & heritage

Leicester has a rich and varied selection of culture just waiting to be explored. Discover the history of King Richard III in Leicester at the all new centre and get new insights into this historic archaeological discovery. A visit to the Castle Park area of the city is also a must: full of the beautiful buildings, churches and gateways of old Leicester, you’ll find the haunted medieval Guildhall here, along with a statue of King Richard III himself.

Don’t miss the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery - home to a fine collection of German Expressionist art. Then visit the ancient Roman ruins at the Jewry Wall Museum, one of the largest pieces of Roman architecture in Britain.


Leicester and Leicestershire are packed with award-winning attractions and fascinating museums for all the family to enjoy.  Embark on a journey at the spectacular National Space Centre with its real rockets and interactive challenges, then visit the historic Bosworth Battlefield where King Richard III lost his life.

Travel in style with a boat trip on the Grand Union Canal, or experience the past with a steam train journey at the Great Central Railway . Be sure to soak up the atmosphere with a show at the Curve theatre and marvel at its awe-inspiring architecture while you’re there.

Top daytime must-do's

Top night time must-do's

Visit Highcross shopping centre bringing all your favourite high street stores under one roof.

Experience fine cuisine and cocktails at Leicester’s award-winning boutique restaurant, Maiyango. Click here for city culture themed short break offers

Explore the infinity and beyond at the National Space Centre. Click here for details of the Stay, Play, Explore family short break offer.

Watch a show at the city stunning, state-of-the-art Curve theatre. Click here for city culture themed short break offers

Discover one of the largest pieces of Roman architecture at Jewry Wall Museum .

De Montfort Hall , Leicester's largest entertainment venue has welcomed quality live acts since 1913.

View an eminent dinosaur collection and German expressionist art at Leicester’s oldest museum, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

For Indian fine dining and a tipple at the Champagne bar, indulge at Mem Saab .

Food and Drink

The choice of places to eat in Leicester includes stylish, contemporary restaurants with modern interiors and imaginative menus, such as the exceptionally chic Maiyango and Mem Saab restaurants in the city centre.

Head to the Belgrave Road area of Leicester, known as the Golden Mile, and take your tastebuds on a journey with contemporary restaurants serving a fusion of indo-chinese delicacies. Or head to a more traditional curry house serving the best in Indian cuisine.


Leicester's city centre is a heady mix of unique boutiques and high street names, while the Highcross Leicester shopping mall brings you all your favourite stores under one roof. With the trendy outlets and independent shops of the Leicester Lanes and St. Martin’s Square, even the most discerning label fan will be spoiled for choice!

North of the city centre, Belgrave Road is famous for its Asian shops selling beautiful sarees and spices, while to the south, Stoneygate is home to a cluster of independent outlets and galleries offering exclusive products and designer names. Meanwhile, over at Fosse Park you’ll find a glut of large chain stores, many of which offer a greater range of goods than the high street.


Leicester and Leicestershire are home to some of the country's best sports teams and venues , including the word-famous Leicester Tigers, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester City Football Club, based at the famous Walkers Stadium. Donington Park houses the largest collection of McLaren and Williams racing cars in the world (outside of their respective factories), and the only complete collection of Vanwalls.

Music & nightlife

End your day in style with Leicester’s renowned evening entertainment. You can watch live shows at the Curve Theatre [http://www.curveonline.co.uk], or savour a cocktail (or two) at one of the city’s many stylish bars. The city is home to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival – the longest running comedy festival in Europe.

Leicester is also home to a fantastic array of music venues including De Montfort Hall and the O2 Academy showcasing rock music, touring musicals, opera and orchestral music.

Leicester Facts

East Midlands
Closest airports
East Midlands Airport, Birmingham...
Football club
Leicester City F.C
Famous locals
David and Richard Attenborough
Nearest towns / cities
Nottingham, Birmingham, Coventry
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