Top 5 Things To Do In Leicester
Did you know Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with its history dating back at least two millennia? We didn’t either until we researched it. What we did find out is that Leicester lies on the River Soar and close to the eastern end of the National Forest. It’s a well known city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England.
Easy to arrive by vehicle, Leicester is at the intersection of two major railway lines as well as the confluence of the M1/M69 motorways and the A6/A46 trunk routes.
The nearest airport is an aerodrome located to the east of Stoughton, Leicestershire, about 5 nautical miles east of Leicester City Centre by road. It also operates private flying, lessons and training so look into the sky and you’re bound to see something happen.
A modern city indulging in rich in arts, culture, sports and heritage, Leicester offers something of interest for all ages. Start exploring today.
Explore St George’s Cultural Quarter
Formally known as Leicester’s textile and shoe hub, over the years The St George’s Cultural Quarter has transformed this part of the city into a thriving area for the arts. Rated highly for a night out, St George’s Cultural Quarter offers great entertainment with a choice of delicious food and drink options to match.
If you look around at the stunning Victorian factory buildings, you will notice their unique character and the vibe they bring to the area. The buildings are now home to a vibrant community of artists and creatives and that vibe knowingly spills out into the bars and local cafes in the surrounding area.
Whilst exploring, it’s extremely hard to miss Curve, one of the country’s leading producing theatres. Art lovers can further discover a varied programme of exhibitions in the growing number of small galleries and exhibition spaces open to the public.
Hit the shopping core
Ready to shop? Get ready for some serious retail therapy…
A truly unique city and a wonderful place to visit, Leicester has a wide range of shopping and visitor attractions. The heart of the city is the shopping core which sprawls out in all directions from the iconic 146 year-old Clock Tower.
Ranging from the 800 year old market – which is deemed as one of the biggest in Europe to the independent boutiques, arcades and eateries of The Lanes, there’s something for everybody to do when it comes to the multitude of stores and restaurants in the Highcross shopping complex where you’ll find all your favourite high street stores and designer names.
For shopping, the treasure trove of independent shops that is Old Town is the historic heart of Leicester City Centre. Shoppers will find everything from designer clothing to houseware and jewellery.
If you love the buzz of the market life, don’t hesitate to take a stroll around Leicester’s famous fruit and vegetable market. We advise you to keep your eyes peeled for Lineker’s stall where a young Gary Lineker once played his part for the family business. Afterwards, stroll over to the food hall where you’ll find local cheeses, cooked meats and lots of breads of the artisan type.
National Space Centre
5…4…3…2…1 BLAST OFF! There’s a whole lot of space to discover at the UK’s finest British National Space Centre, an attraction that really is out of this world. Astronomical entertainment at it’s finest, whether you’re visiting with kids or a group of friends or family, this is a place for everyone to enjoy.
With over 150 interactive experiences to indulge in, float through throughout the themed galleries and soak up the knowledge of outer space. Or if you want to rest your weary feet after travelling a million miles through the Earth’s atmosphere, sit back in awe as you experience the UK’s largest 360° fulldome voyage experience. A perfect attraction for those rainy days, or if you decide to stay indoors during your visit, The National Space Centre offers all of the facilities perfect for an enjoyable experience. See the National Space Centre website for full details, opening times and prices.
Anyone interested in 15th -16th century English history must visit Leicester Cathedral if only to witness Richard III’s tomb with your very own eyes. Leicester Cathedral is said to be at the ‘physical heart’ of the city and county and built on the site of a Roman temple and dedicated to St Martin of Tours. The cathedral is vibrant with contemporary features and is open for worship and visiting most days. Make sure to check with their team if you are travelling a long distance in case there is a major event taking place.
Tropical Birdland is a 6.5-acre sanctuary for parrots and exotic birds in the UK. Nestled quietly on the northern outskirts of Desford village in Leicestershire, this beautiful place of residence houses more than 250 birds, with every square inch of space devoted to giving a home to some of the most alluring and captivating species from around the world. In 2013, Tropical Birdland built a brand new outdoor Children’s play area, which even to this day is proving to be a great success.
If you have younger children in tow, the Parrot Path is the perfect place to get up close and personal with the birds. Along with a tearoom / cafe inside inside the building for the adults to sit down and natter, this place is a perfect pitstop for all the family.
If you’re getting restless, venture ‘off road’ into the beautiful natural woodland where you can spot all sorts of native wildlife, trees and shrubs. Everything from woodpeckers, kingfishers, jays and squirrels can be found at home in the beautiful green natural habitat. See the Tropical Birdland website for further information on opening times and prices.
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