Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020
From exclusive country mansions to value-for-money bed and breakfasts in the heart of historic Leicester, Leicestershire has a fantastic range of hotels for both leisure and business travellers.
Leicester has existed since the Roman Empire and is home to many grand medieval landmarks, most notably the remnants of an 11th century castle that was built around the city's original Roman walls. The city is now home to the largest covered market in Europe, and also attracts tens of thousands of visitors to its annual Diwali festival, the largest outside of India. Leicester also celebrates one of Britain's largest Caribbean Carnivals, and is the location of the nation's oldest mainland local radio station, BBC Radio Leicester, which started broadcasting in 1967.
Visit the National Space Centre and learn about the history of space science and astronomical research, then head to the New Walk Museum to observe a superb art collection. To learn more about Leicester's medieval roots, you could also visit the Jewry Wall Museum, then enjoy a relaxing stroll around scenic Abbey Park. But to do all this you’ll need somewhere to stay, and fortunately Leicestershire hotels are plentiful, affordable and of a very good standard. For very affordable accommodation, you could consider the Hotel Campanile Leicester on St Matthews Way, or if you fancy something a little more luxurious stay at the deluxe Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel on Granby Street.
Welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, Twycross Zoo is acclaimed for its enormous ape and monkey collection. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, and houses dozens of other species from Asian elephants to Orang-Utans. Nearby you can find the attractive Old Ivy House Bed and Breakfast, which offers free internet access, free parking, and immaculate, elegantly decorated rooms.
Best known for being the birthplace of the Melton Mowbray pork pie and many other delicacies, Melton Mowbry is one of England's best preserved medieval towns. Spend some time at the thriving Melton Mowbray Market, visit the Old Brickyard Tea Garden, and choose from a good selection of stylish hotels such as the well-presented Best Western Sysonby Knoll Hotel.
Once a hunting park, Bradgate Park features Precambrian rocks that are estimated to be up to 560 million years old. It's also home to many other fascinating fossils and other prehistoric rocks, and has a substantial deer population. The park, which includes more than 800 acres of picturesque grassland and woodland, is great for summer picnics and is open until dusk all year round. A popular choice of accommodation very close to Bradgate Park is the Fieldhead Hotel (Markfield), which provides chic rooms in a beautiful former farmhouse that has existed since the late 17th Century.
Most hotels in Leicestershire provide WiFi access in all rooms and public areas so guests will always be able to stay up to date with their social media and emails. Many also provide in-room tea and coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms, and some may also offer 24-hour room service and in-room fridges. More luxury hotels also have fully equipped gyms, conference facilities, and business centres with faxing and photocopying facilities.