Visit Leicester has pulled together our top days out for families on a budget for under £30 (based on a family of 4) 

1. Leicester Museum & Art Gallery 

Keen to delve into the fascinating history, vibrant culture, and artistic prowess of Leicester? Then, the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery should be your first port of call. This totally free attraction boasts an astounding collection of thousands of artifacts, spanning from ancient Egyptian mummies to contemporary masterpieces. And that's not all! The museum caters to families with a delightful array of activities, including crafts, treasure hunts, and workshops, ensuring a fun and engaging experience for all ages. So, grab your friends and family and embark on a journey through time and creativity at this exceptional cultural hub. The Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is open every day from 11am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday and 11am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. (Closed: 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st December 2023 and 1st January 2024) 

Cost: Free – Based on 2 adults and 2 children 

2. Ice Skating for all the Family 

Calling all ice enthusiasts! Lace up your skates and embrace the chilly season by gliding across the glistening ice rink at Jubilee Square, Leicester. This magical setting transforms into a winter wonderland, adorned with twinkling lights and a festive atmosphere. Step onto the smooth, real ice, whether you're a seasoned skater or taking your first wobbly steps. The covered roof ensures a comfortable environment, protecting you from the elements while you master your moves. With 45-minute sessions catering to all ages and abilities, everyone can enjoy the thrill of gliding across the ice. Whether you're teaching your little ones to skate or practicing your spins, the Jubilee Square Ice Rink has something for everyone. Nothing says winter like gliding on ice under the twinkling lights of the city. Leicester’s real ice rink is back in Jubilee Square, offering a covered roof and a 45-minute session on the ice for all ages and abilities.  The ice rink is open every day from 7th December to 7th January (except Christmas Day). Family tickets are also available. Click here to book your tickets. 

Cost: From only £20, based on 2 adults and 2 children with super off-peak rate (only £5 per person) 

3. Step into the captivating realm of King Richard III 

If you're drawn to the enigmatic tale of King Richard III, embark on a journey to the King Richard III Visitor Centre, a fascinating museum that unveils the historical and forensic drama surrounding this much-debated monarch. Delve into the events that led to his tragic demise at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, his hasty burial at Grey Friars Church, and the remarkable discovery of his remains nearly 500 years later beneath a council car park. Venture into the interactive exhibits that bring to life the forensic science and DNA evidence that firmly established Richard III's identity. Witness the painstaking archaeological excavation and the meticulous restoration of his remains, now enshrined in the beautiful medieval Greyfriars Church, the site of his original resting place. 

You can buy your tickets online by clicking here in advance to guarantee entry, with free entry for children under the age of 5. The King Richard III Visitor Centre is open every day from 10am to 4pm (except 24th to 26th December).  

Cost: £25 for a family ticket – Based on 2 adults and 2 children 

With so much to see and do, Leicester is the perfect destination for a memorable Christmas day out with the family that won't leave your wallet empty.  




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