Things to do in Leicester

With so much going on, you won’t be left wondering what to do in Leicester. East Midlands’ largest city has hit the headlines for all the right reasons in recent years, thanks to Leicester City F.C.’s enthralling underdog story and the remarkable discovery and reburial of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral. Away from the news stories, there’s plenty to like about the city that brought us the Attenborough brothers and Walkers crisps, from discovering the activities and entertainment near our hotels in Leicester to dining in delectable restaurants and quenching your thirst in a quirky watering hole.


Explore Leicester’s array of museums celebrating everything from the final resting place of King Richard III at the stunning Leicester Cathedral to the final frontier at the National Space Centre.


Thanks to the addition of Highcross to Leicester’s roster of shopping centres and destinations, the city has a wealth of high street and quirky independent shops right in the heart of the city, for all tastes and budgets.


Leicester has cemented its reputation as one of the country’s top sporting destination, with exceptional football, rugby, horse racing and even musical performances all unfolding in the city’s stadiums.


With a variety of parks – and even a maze – hugging the edge of the city and a handful of historic buildings, including the final resting place of a certain ‘car park king’, there’s plenty to see for the wide-eyed visitor.


Whether you’re a nature lover, cinephile, history buff, high-roller or a wannabe Bradley Wiggins, Leicester has a varied roster of activities to keep you entertained during your stay.


Thanks to its array of galleries, an eclectic mix of museums and creative festival calendar, including the Comedy Festival and the Leicester City Festival, Leicester is an exciting destination for culture lovers.


Discover Leicester’s vibrant theatre scene and take your pick of its five city centre theatres, including the aptly named The Little Theatre, where Lord Richard Attenborough once trod the boards.


A packed roster of theatre, comedy, music and sport in venues across the city, such as the O2 Academy, De Montfort Hall and the King Power Stadium means there’s always something going on.

Video guide to Leicester

Places to eat

You won’t be short on options to eat out in the former curry capital of the UK, with a city centre bustling with restaurants from around the world and a worthy reputation of some of the finest Indian dining in the country.


Leicester has a legendary out-of-hours scene thanks to its student population, but away from the drink deals, you’ll find historic pubs, real-ale champions and bars serving up everything from champagne afternoon teas to adventurous cocktails.

Getting around

Right in the heart of the country, Leicester has convenient connections to many major cities and three international airports, due to its enviable train network. And if you’re travelling within the city, Leicester’s twin bus stations will get you where you need to go.

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Looking for a hotel in Leicester?

There are no fewer than seven Leicester hotels to suit your needs when planning a visit - so you can choose whatever's best for you, whether you're indulging in some retail therapy or treating yourself to a night out.