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LeicesterUnited Kingdom

Historic Roman ruins, multicultural festivals and superb museums welcome visitors to this lively city in central England.

With colorful festivals, medieval landmarks, modern museums and art galleries, Leicester is a vivacious city with wide-reaching attractions. Founded by the Romans, Leicester is one of England’s oldest cities. It’s also one of the country’s most culturally diverse, evident at the turn of almost every corner.

Leicester’s city center hosts an interesting collection of attractions within walking distance of each other. Visit the medieval Leicester Cathedral, set amid a busy shopping district. Near to the cathedral is the site of a fascinating archaeological discovery. The skeleton of King Richard III was found here in 2012. Tour the King Richard III Visitor Centre that has been built around the site to learn about the excavation and the life and death of the king. Join a ghost tour at the Guildhall, said to be the city’s most haunted building.

See more of Leicester’s history at many free museums. Explore Iron Age and Roman ruins at the Jewry Hall Museum. Relive Leicester’s 20th-century life at the Newarke Houses Museum. See a re-creation of Victorian customs at Belgrave Hall Museum and Gardens. Spot Egyptian artifacts, dinosaur displays and 20th-century art at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Stroll along the Grand Union Canal to picturesque Abbey Park. Relax with a picnic on the manicured lawns or cruise around the lake on a rented paddle boat. Explore the remains of two historic buildings, Leicester Abbey and Cavendish House.

Visit the National Space Centre to learn about astronomy, the solar system and British space missions via interactive exhibits. Watch space-themed movies at the center’s planetarium.

Leicester’s multicultural customs are visible in its architecture, cuisine and festivals. Visit the Guru Nanak Gurdwara temple, which also has a museum on Sikh culture. Discover the ancient religion of Jainism at the Jain Centre. Go to Belgrade Road and walk along the Golden Mile to visit sari shops, jewelers and a collection of Indian restaurants. Be part of colorful Hindu celebrations such as Holi and Diwali.

Less than an hour’s drive from two international airports and just a 90-minute train journey from London, Leicester is a great base for daytrips to fascinating English attractions, including Belvoir Castle and Bosworth Battlefield.

Where to stay in Leicester

Leicester featuring a park, a cemetery and heritage architecture

Leicester City Centre

4/5Very Good!(107 area reviews)

Travellers come to Leicester City Centre for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Curve Theatre and Highcross Shopping Centre while you're in town.

Leicester City Centre
Hamilton, Leicester, England, United Kingdom

Hamilton

While there might not be top attractions in Hamilton, you can explore the larger area and discover places like National Space Centre and Victoria Park.

Hamilton

Top hotels in Leicester

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Leicester
Novotel Leicester
4 out of 5
2 Great Central Street, Leicester, England
The price is £62 per night

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (17 reviews)

"Very good"…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2020

Novotel Leicester
Leicester Marriott Hotel
Leicester Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester, England
The price is £93 per night

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of De Montford Hall, University of Leicester and Curve Theatre. Athena Conference ...

4.4/5Excellent! (807 reviews)

"The decor and ambience was great. It didn’t feel like you were in Leicester."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Leicester Marriott Hotel
Badgers Mount Hotel
Badgers Mount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
6 Station Road, Leicester, England
The price is £72 per night

Situated in Leicester, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Stoney Cove Diving Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mallory Park and Cosby Golf Club. Bosworth ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (76 reviews)

"Obviously trying during these times is hard due to the covid restrictions.the hotel made it easy to check in etc via email communication.and food could be ordered via online menu and e mail and it was delivered direct to my room door. Excellent quality food to. Would highly recommend badgers ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 May 2020

Badgers Mount Hotel

Popular places to visit in Leicester

National Space Centre
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National Space Centre

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Learn about the solar system and famous space missions, become a trainee astronaut for the day and attend planetarium shows at this interactive museum.

Curve Theatre
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Curve Theatre

5/5(8 reviews)

At the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter is this modern theater, which hosts everything from ballets and concerts to dramas and stand-up comedy shows.

Bradgate Park
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Bradgate Park

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Once a medieval hunting ground, this large park now features centuries-old ruins, walking trails and varied wildlife.

Leicester Cathedral
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Leicester Cathedral

4.5/5(82 reviews)

Home to the crypt of King Richard III, this medieval church also has impressive carvings, ornate chapels and a public art instillation.

New Walk Museum
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New Walk Museum

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Examine millennia-old dinosaur fossils, mummies from ancient Egypt and work by artists such as J.M.W. Turner at this museum and gallery.

Leicester Town Hall
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Leicester Town Hall

Marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of this 19th-century landmark, take a tour of its stately rooms and relax in a leafy public square.

Top things to do in Leicester

No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

£28
Per adult
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

£25
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Drayton Manor Park - Magical Christmas
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Drayton Manor Park - Magical Christmas

£20
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend