Leicester - the City’s Story

Leicester - the City’s Story


Leicester - the City’s Story

Leicester is a friendly city, bursting with heritage and culture. We have wonderful attractions, top restaurants and great night life. 

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Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 1FZ

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Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)



Throne RoomKing Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester City

The Guildhall exterior Leicester Guildhall, Leicester City

Holiday Inn exterior eveningHoliday Inn Leicester, Leicester City

Space Suits at national space centre National Space Centre, Leicester City

Leicester CathedralLeicester Cathedral, Leicester City

interior of Abbey Pumping Station engines Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester City

New Walk

wygstons house upstairsLeicester Old Town Restaurants, Leicester City

The Newarke, Leicester City

canal river trustCanal & River Trust, Harborough

hotels in leicester Hotels in Leicester, Leicester City

man laughingLeicester Comedy Festival, Leicester City

art in leicester Art in Leicester, Leicester City

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  • Uncover the story - Sitting in the heart of England, Leicester was destined to catch the eye of the Romans. Building Fosse Way not only paved the way for Roman troops but also for others to settle and make history. This is where one of the first English Parliaments was held, and the last Plantagenet King of England has his final resting place. It’s where Thomas Cook developed modern tourism, and textiles pioneers fuelled the Industrial Revolution. <hr> Leicester Castle, in the historic Newarke area, is where one of England’s earliest Parliaments was held, and its 15th century gateway is the likely passage taken by Richard III on his visits to Leicester. Hastily buried after the Battle of Bosworth, his original gravesite can be seen at the King Richard III Visitor Centre, and visitors can stand before his tomb inside Leicester Cathedral. <hr> A stroll along leafy Georgian promenade New Walk takes you to Leicester Museum & Art Gallery. A young David Attenborough honed his love of nature here, and his Oscar-winning brother, Richard, debuted down the road, at The Little Theatre. <hr> Stop for a bite to eat, and you could be dining in a 16th century grammar school, or inside a wool merchant’s medieval home. <hr> Renowned for their sporting prowess, the city’s clubs and sporting personalities have won more than 20 championship titles between them over the past decade. Leicester City created history when they lifted the Premier League trophy against odds of 5,000 to 1, and more recently when they raised the iconic FA Cup for the first time, under the Wembley arch. <hr> The Golden Mile is a vibrant marketplace for Indian food, spices, fashion and jewellery. The area is a shining example of Leicester’s cultural diversity and its world-famous Diwali celebrations are the largest outside India. <hr> Book an overnight stay in this welcoming city, and you’ll be sleeping in the place where Thomas Cook dreamed up the first package holiday.

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