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Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower

This 19th-century monument is a favorite meeting point for locals and a gateway to the city’s shopping districts, historic attractions and vibrant Cultural Quarter.

Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower is a notable landmark embellished with intricate craftsmanship. Take pictures of this iconic monument and admire the statues adorning the four corners.

Erected in 1868, the clock tower sits on the site of ancient trading markets and at the confluence of five busy streets. It marks the spot where the town crier would once have read proclamations to the general public. Today, it serves as a social gathering point and a crossroads between Leicester’s commercial, entertainment and historical districts.

Gaze up at the tall structure and notice how it stands out against a backdrop of more contemporary buildings. Look for typical features of Gothic-style architecture such as pointed arches and spires.

Examine the stone statues on the tower, which celebrate four of the city’s most important benefactors. One depicts Simon de Montfort, who led a revolt against King Henry III in the 13th century. Another portrays the wealthy wool merchant William Wyggeston. The other statues are of Gabriel Newton and Sir Thomas White, whose fortunes were used to found notable schools and charities.

Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower is a great place from where to explore Leicester’s city center on foot. Enjoy some retail therapy at Haymarket Shopping Centre and Highcross Leicester. Both malls contain a range of chain stores, independent retailers, fast food joints and restaurants.

Stroll west along pedestrian-only streets to Leicester Cathedral, which houses the tomb and relics of King Richard III. Learn about the life and legends of this famous king of England at the King Richard III Visitor Centre. This area is also home to the 600-year-old timber-framed Guildhall building.

East of the clock tower is the Cultural Quarter. Here, Victorian-era buildings have been turned into fashion outlets and galleries, standing alongside craft beer pubs, cocktail bars and live music venues. Watch a performance at the Curve Theatre.

Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower is a 10-minute walk from Leicester Railway Station. Ride public buses, which stop nearby or drive. Parking is available for a fee at Haymarket Shopping Centre and Highcross Leicester.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Leicester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre and University of Leicester are also within 2 miles (3 km). Leicester Station is 18 minutes by foot.

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    Highcross House, 125-127 Vaughan Way, Leicester, England
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Leicester City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre and University of Leicester are also within 2 miles (3 km). Leicester Station is 17 minutes by foot.

      Holiday Inn Leicester £44
      Holiday Inn Leicester

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      129 Saint Nicholas Circle, Leicester, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Leicester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jewry Wall and De Montfort University. National Space Centre and University of Leicester are also within 2 miles (3 km). Leicester Station is 18 minutes by foot.

        Ramada Encore by Wyndham Leicester City Centre £43
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        84-90 Charles St, Leicester, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Leicester City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Curve Theatre, Highcross Shopping Centre and Leicester Cathedral. New Walk Museum and Jewry Wall are also within 15 minutes. Leicester Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          ibis Leicester City £44
          ibis Leicester City

          ibis Leicester City

          St. George's Way, Constitution Hill, Leicester, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Leicester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Curve Theatre, Athena Conference Centre and New Walk Museum. Haymarket Shopping Centre and Highcross Shopping Centre are also within 15 minutes. Leicester Station is 7 minutes by foot.

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            Showcase Apartments Kimberley House

            47 Vaughan Way, Leicester, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Leicester City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre and University of Leicester are also within 2 miles (3 km). Leicester Station is 18 minutes by foot.

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              Deluxe City Apartment

              New Street, Flat B, Leicester, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Leicester City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Leicester Cathedral and De Montfort University. National Space Centre and University of Leicester are also within 2 miles (3 km). Leicester Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel £53
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                Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel

                Granby Street, Leicester, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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