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 The area tells some of England’s most unique and unusual stories through its wide range of visitor attractions.

Uncover the story of Leicestershire’s connection with one of the bloodiest battles in English history at the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre or why the city attracted global media attention in 2012 when it uncovered the remains of King Richard III  beneath a council car park at the award-winning King Richard III Visitor Centre.  Travel pioneer Thomas Cook ran his first railway excursion from Leicester to Loughborough in 1841 and you are invited to follow the same route by steam train today, dining in style on the Great Central Railway.   

For a truly unique experience join a factory tour of the official home of Triumph Motorcycles, take afternoon tea in the 17th century home of a Gunpowder plotter or tour the opulent interiors of Belvoir Castle, featured in Netflix’s The Crown. You can find out why Leicester is known as Space City at the award-winning National Space Centre or take the little ones to Twycross Zoo, one of the most popular paid-for visitor attractions in the East Midlands and the only UK zoo that is home to all four great apes as well as the new Gruffalo Land attraction.   

Families love the range of free museums in Leicester with their busy programme of holiday activities. Have an augmented reality experience in the dinosaur gallery at Leicester Museum, see the magnificent beam engines in steam at Abbey Pumping Station or immerse yourself in the recreated World War I trench at Newarke Houses.   

Everyone can experience the great outdoors on a family cycle ride through the National Forest or scale the high ropes and zip wires at Conkers, a forest themed adventure park. You’ll be spoilt for choice when planning how to fill your weekends and school holidays or finding places to take visiting friends and relations.   

Uncover more information about our unique attractions, visitor experiences and beautiful market towns on Visit Leicester - The Place Where Tourism Began