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Leicester

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Curve Theatre which includes theatre scenes and street scenes

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

ibis Leicester City
ibis Leicester City
3 out of 5
St. George's Way, Constitution Hill, Leicester, England
The price is £44 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in the heart of Leicester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Curve Theatre, Athena Conference Centre and New Walk Museum. Haymarket ...
3.9/5Good! (772 reviews)
"It’s was ok just to sleep & breakfast"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

ibis Leicester City
Novotel Leicester
Novotel Leicester
4 out of 5
2 Great Central Street, Leicester, England
The price is £68 per night from 26 Aug to 26 Aug
Located in the heart of Leicester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre ...
4.4/5Excellent! (31 reviews)
"Lovely modern hotel, very nice"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Novotel Leicester
Ramada Encore by Wyndham Leicester City Centre
Ramada Encore by Wyndham Leicester City Centre
3 out of 5
84-90 Charles St, Leicester, England
The price is £58 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (733 reviews)
"Good service an hotel also nice"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2021

Ramada Encore by Wyndham Leicester City Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Highcross House, 125-127 Vaughan Way, Leicester, England
The price is £45 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
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 ...
3.3/5 (37 reviews)
Brilliant place
"Really good place staff so friendly went out there way to make things easy"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2021

Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
The Gresham Aparthotel
The Gresham Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
36 Market St, Leicester, England
Located in Leicester City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leicester Town Hall and De Montfort University. University of Leicester and Victoria ...
The Gresham Aparthotel
Aparthotel Adagio Leicester
Aparthotel Adagio Leicester
3.5 out of 5
3 Great Central Square, Leicester, Leicester, England
Located in Leicester City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre and University ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Nice place
"Lovely clean and comfortable. Only issues I had was no proper oven, and the “sofa bed” came down on top of me while I was sitting on the sofa!!"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Leicester
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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