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What to do in Leicester

About Leicester

Leicester has a lot to offer its visitors, from fascinating history to great restaurants, meandering waterways, picturesque surrounding countryside and much more. Located just an hour and a half from London, Leicester offers a great balance between city life and outdoor activities, and attracts large numbers of visitors every year with its vibrant cultural scene.

With a history that stretches back 2,000 years, Leicester is one of the UK's oldest cities. Dive into this history by visiting attractions such as the Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester Cathedral and the 600-year-old timber-framed Guildhall, which hosts performances and a museum. Recently named the UK's Greatest Sporting City, Leicester is also a hub for exciting sports events. Football fans can head to Leicester City Football Club to catch a gripping match, while a basketball game featuring the Leicester Riders promises to have you on the edge of your seat.

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What to see in Leicester

A trip to Leicester would be incomplete without visiting the King Richard III Visitor Centre to learn all about how the remains of the famous king were found in a local car park. Families will love the National Space Centre, which features hands-on exhibits and real space rockets, and the New Walk Museum, with its Ancient Egyptian artefacts and dinosaur skeletons. Over at the beautifully-designed Curve Theatre, you can watch diverse and inspiring productions, while De Montfort Hall hosts comedy, children's shows, West End musicals, opera, and classical music recitals. For intimate theatre performances, head to Leicester's premier pub-theatre venue, Upstairs at the Western.

Outdoors lovers can take a trip out of Leicester to explore the magnificent neighbouring countryside, including at the 850-acre Bradgate Park. Within the city, you can go for a relaxing stroll in the beautiful Abbey Park, home to the iconic ruins of the 12th-century Leicester Abbey and the 17th-century Cavendish House mansion. Other fantastic amenities include a boating lake, tennis courts, a lavender maze, a miniature railway and a petting zoo.

Where to stay in Leicester

Leicester city centre is the place to be if you plan on shopping and wish to enjoy a wide range of great restaurants and entertainment options. This is where you'll find Leicester Market, with its award-winning food hall, and The Lanes, a series of cobbled streets packed with boutiques, cafes and bars. To experience the vibrancy of Leicester's thriving Indian community, consider booking a hotel around Melton Road and Belgrave Road, otherwise known as the Golden Mile. You'll find an abundance of Indian jewellery and spice shops, as well as outstanding restaurants serving up fresh and authentic Indian cuisine.

If you plan on immersing yourself in Leicester's cultural scene, choose a hotel in St. George's Cultural Quarter - this is where you'll find the Curve Theatre and The Phoenix, a cinema screening independent and art house films. The area is also home to a range of modern, fine-dining establishments and stylish bars. For a tranquil base during your stay in Leicester, book a hotel in charming Aylestone, loved for its historic buildings, beautiful nature and lovely tearooms. To get a good overview of hotels available in particular areas, display your search results in eDreams' helpful map feature.

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