Leicester is one of the UK’s best cities for shopping, fun-filled long weekends and exploring museums. The National Space Centre, Highcross Shopping Centre and King Power Stadium are favourites among visitors to this iconic East Midlands city.
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The Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre has been renovated and is now packed with over 150 high street stores right in the heart of the city. You can also find the Haymarket Shopping Centre in town, and Fosse Shopping Park further outside the city for all your shopping needs.
Museums in Leicester range from exciting displays about space exploration at the National Space Centre to ancient Egyptian discoveries at the New Walk Museum. There are also brilliant exhibitions at the Leicester Guildhall and Attenborough Arts Centre.
Leicester’s parks and outdoor spaces are fantastic places to relax and unwind. Abbey Park is set along the scenic River Soar, complete with a large boating lake. Victoria Park has lovely leafy paths, tennis courts and outdoor fitness equipment. The University of Leicester Botanic Garden features a curated collection of beautiful plant life, sculptures and offers guided tours to the public.
Leicester is a major hub of culture and entertainment. From its many famous theatres like De Montfort Hall and the Curve, to huge gigs at the O2 Academy and even independent music festivals at The Soundhouse, there’s plenty of great places to spend an evening in Leicester.
Leicester won the Premier Cup in 2016 in an exciting championship full of shocks and surprises. Our Leicester City Centre hotel is just over a mile from the home of Leicester FC, the King Power Stadium. There’s also great links to Wembley stadium from Leicester city centre, and our East Midlands Airport hotel is next to East Midlands Airport for flights across the country and beyond.
The long-lost remains of King Richard III were discovered in Leicester in 2012. While his body has since been reburied in Leicester Cathedral, the incredible story of his reign and the Wars of the Roses are explored in the King Richard III Visitor Centre, near the cathedral.
Where is Leicester, England?
Leicester is a city in the East Midlands of England, located roughly 100 miles north-west of London.
What is Leicester famous for?
Most recently, Leicester became famous for the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in a city car park, before he was transferred to the city’s cathedral. This diverse, multicultural city is home to the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India, as well as the UK’s second largest Caribbean Carnival. Leicester boasts Europe’s largest outdoor, covered market, and is the birthplace of Walker’s crisps; as a result, it’s home to the largest crisp production plant in the world.
How large is Leicester?
With a population of over 300,000 people, Leicester takes the place of being the 10th largest city in the UK and the largest city in the East Midlands. The metropolitan area covers 290 square miles, while the city centre is just over 28 square miles.
Why is Leicester called Leicester?
Leicester is pronounced ‘Lester’, which can be confusing for some visitors. The name comes from various spellings and forms of ‘Legro Ceaster’, meaning a former Roman camp on the River Legro, which is now the River Soar. Over the centuries the name has shifted and changed until it settled into the form we know today.
How safe is Leicester?
Leicester is a very safe city for visitors, especially around the centre. As always it’s wise to keep your wits about you, as with any busy city, but it’s unlikely you’ll encounter any problems as a visitor.
What food is Leicester famous for?
Cheese fans will be happy in Leicester, as the city is the home of Red Leicester and Stilton. The Melton Mowbray pork pie originated just half an hour outside the city – their higher meat content makes them a tastier alternative to commercially produced options. And, of course there’s Walkers crisps, which were first created in the area; Leicester is still home to the Walkers production factory today.
How much is a pint of lager in Leicester?
A pint in Leicester costs £3.66 on average, according to a 2020 study.
How do I get around Leicester?
Leicester railway station offers transfers in and out of the city, while the two bus stations (Haymarket and St Margaret’s) provide journeys both locally and further afield. There are three Park & Ride hubs for drivers and East Midlands Airport provides a gateway to the skies.
Find out more about how to get around Leicester with our guide.
How far is Leicester from London by train?
Leicester is around 100 miles from London, and the average train time between the two is about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Discover more about the city with our detailed Things to Do in Leicester guide.