Receiving official University Status in 1957, the University of Leicester is a well-regarded public research institution that has achieved good rankings in national university league tables. Leicester was originally home to the Leicestershire and Rutland University College in the early 19th Century, which began admitting students soon after the First World War, and was renamed as University College, Leicester, in 1927, before becoming a fully-fledged university. Today, it's close to plenty of affordable and high-end hotels and bed and breakfasts in the centre of Leicester and its outer-lying districts.
Famous for Inventing DNA Fingerprinting
On September 10th 1984, the University of Leicester created the first genetic fingerprint in the world, opening up novel opportunities for scientific and medical advancement. It was pioneered by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, who received a knighthood in 1994 for his contribution to genetic research, describing the moment he discovered DNA fingerprinting as a 'eureka moment'.
The University of Leicester Botanic Garden
Featuring an extensive variety of plant species, this impressive botanical garden near Glebe Road has a picturesque arboretum and sculpture exhibition. It also organises a number of arts and crafts meetings throughout the year, and has been managed by the Friends of the Garden since 1980, who have helped restore the park's Alpine House. Very near to the gardens is the Holiday Inn Express Leicester City, which offers very good value for money and provides a free breakfast and free internet access.
Other Places of Interest in Leicester
If you're eager to learn more about the evolution of science and astronomy, you can visit the National Space Museum, which is affiliated with the university and is one of Britain's most visited science-themed attractions. The university is also very close to the King Power Stadium, the headquarters of Leicester City and one of the largest stadiums in England.
Deluxe Hotels near the University of Leicester
Most of Leicester's more luxurious hotels provide well-equipped conference facilities, free WiFi, and excellent concierge services. Popular venues include the chic four star Leicester Marriott Hotel on Smith Way Enderby, and the majestic four star Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel in the city centre.