"Well, honestly we could go on and on, we could explain every local phenomenon. Pork Pies, the crisps, the market towns, come see our foxes just messing around. They killed King Richard and buried him here, found him in a car park right next to King Lear.

"What's the lesson? What is the take-away? Don't mess with Vardy when he's on a break-away.

"And the street art all over our walls, and the stars coming to De Montfort Hall, Space Centre, battlefields – where the history happens, Uncover our stories and visit our county to see it all…

"What can we say except “You’re Welcome”.

Excuse the Moana tribute, but for this English Tourism Week we’re excited enough to sing about all the great things we have to offer! Leicester has had a challenging few years with the longest COVID lockdown in the country but now things are getting back to normal it’s simply wonderful to see visitors returning to our city and county.

Uncovering our stories

Over the last year we’ve been showcasing many of the incredible things that you can see and do in Leicestershire in our Uncover The Story campaign. From following the journey of King Richard III from Bosworth Battlefield to the Visitor Centre in Leicester, discovering the amazing theatre and music you can see in Leicester, experiencing the spectacular landscapes of the National Forest and Charnwood before exploring our beautiful Market Towns. Take a look at our compilation video which showcases the very best of Leicester and Leicestershire, and picks out some of the best bits of the last year’s campaign.

Still Stories To Uncover

But the voyage of discovery doesn’t stop here, we’re still finding some of the best and most intriguing places to visit in and around our city and county as part of the Uncover the Story campaign. Here are just a few of the newest ones that we’ve added and there will be many more to come!

The Rural Capital of Food

Melton Mowbray is known as the rural capital of food and with good reason. The home of Pork pies and stilton cheese, the beautiful market town is home to three of the six dairies that are permitted to make Stilton, and we definitely believe Melton Stilton is the best! And if you’re looking for a great place to stay on your foodie trip, then there are loads of amazing Farm stays, from glamping pods to cottage hideaways which offer the perfect way to relax after a long day filling your belly.

A place to stay

There are actually loads of places to stay both in the county and in the city. If you’re a history fan, then Leicester is full of some amazing places, from the boutique rooms of St Martin’s Lodge which overlook the Cathedral and King Richard III Visitor Centre to the opulent Grand Hotel, which will soon undergo a major renovation to return it to its former glory. Just outside the city centre Winstanley House is a converted former Georgian mansion with connections to Leicester’s Sherlock Holmes and an amazing restaurant. And complete the Richard III trail by checking into Bosworth Hall Hotel and Spa, just a stone’s throw from the battlefield where King Richard met his end, and a place which has its own unique story to tell.

Unique attractions

We’re not short on unique attractions either. Now you may know about the Space Centre, Twycross Zoo and Bradgate Park, but there’s even more out there. The Great Central Railway isn’t the only place in Leicestershire to steam along the rails, as head to Bosworth and you can hop onto the Battlefield Line and discover the military and royal history of this heritage railway.

Looking for a place for the kids to let off steam too? Then Conkers in the National Forest is perfect. Celebrating the area’s mining and industrial history it has exploration areas, high ropes and woodland walks making it the perfect day out for the whole family. And if country walks are your thing, then get lost in the Leicestershire countryside this summer when Wistow Maze returns. Miles of twisting paths run through a maze of corn and wheat, and the nearby Wistow Rural Centre is the perfect place to find a unique gift.

From country pursuits to the best street art

Leicestershire is a place of beautiful contrasts too. Out in the countryside, the beautiful Grade 1 listed Stapleford Park dates back 500 years. The luxury rooms include Mulberry and Wedgwood designs, its gardens were created by Capability Brown and the Victorian stables modelled on those at Buckingham Palace.

From classic English designs to street style, Leicester is a place to see some amazing art. Contemporary and classic art galleries can be found here, with Leicester Museum and Art Gallery including notable historic works and a collection of Picasso Ceramics donated by Lord Richard Attenborough. Step out onto the streets and you can experience art of a different kind. Leicester has become one of the top places in the country to see incredible street art, thanks to the bi-annual Bring The Paint Festival which has brought stunning wall art and huge murals to the city.

Continuing the entertainment

Bring the Paint isn’t the only world-famous festival that Leicester has to offer though. For nearly 30 years, the Leicester Comedy Festival has been tickling the city’s funny bone. It’s the largest comedy festival in Europe and attracts some of the very best stand ups every February, and forms part of a fantastic all year round comedy scene here. A little further afield you can experience west end quality shows alongside luxury accommodation and fine dining at Kilworth House Hotel, set amongst eight acres of South Leicestershire parkland.




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