Leicester

The river through Abbey Park, Leicester

Leicester

Unlock over 2,000 years of history and a vibrant cultural scene in Leicester, visit now for fascinating heritage and a wealth of diversity.
The Great Central Railway © Leicester City Council
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History and heritage are at the heart of Leicester – from Roman ruins to traditional Tudor landmarks, there's plenty to discover. Explore Leicester’s Old Town, with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, and wander the ancient quarter, chronicling some of the city’s most intriguing stories. Be dazzled by Leicester’s Golden Mile, known for its bustling businesses and vibrant culture, which also plays host to the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India. For foodies, indulge in authentic tastes of England (and beyond), with a food scene that is as diverse as its people, and for family-fun try crazy golf, take a walk on the wild side with alpacas or get adventurous in the great outdoors. 

Where is Leicester?

Nestled in the heart of the Midlands, Leicester is less than 20 miles from East Midlands Airport (just over 30 minutes by car) and under an hour away from Birmingham Airport. Direct bus services from Luton and Heathrow airports are also available, with train journeys from central London taking just over an hour to reach the city.

Getting around Leicester

Leicester's central location makes it easily accessible from every corner of the UK. And once you’re there, getting around is easy.

With many central pedestrianised areas, cycle lanes, ample car parking, free motorcycle spaces, a local train network and connected bus routes, the city’s public transport network can help you make the most of your visit.

BY FOOT

Leicester is best explored on foot, and both the central bus terminal and train station are just a short walk to the city centre.

BY BIKE

Leicester is home to the UK’s largest electric bike sharing scheme, with 500 e-bikes available across 50 stations. Leicester City Council also has a range of maps to help you navigate the city and county cycle lane system.

BY BUS

Leicester has several frequent and affordable bus routes running across the city and county, with three Park and Ride locations at Enderby, Birstall and Meynell’s Gorse providing regular services to the city centre.