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So check how cheap your ticket to Leicester could be, or continue reading to learn a little more about what to do when you get there.
Right in the heart of the country, bustling Leicester is an attractive destination for groups, families and couples. With wonderful seasonal events and amazing local restaurants and nightlife, you won’t have trouble finding great things to do.
Check out our recommendations for some ideas on how best to spend your time in one of England’s most ancient cities.
Converted into a restaurant from Leicester’s oldest standing house, Wygston’s House lets you feast your eyes on some spectacular architecture whilst enjoying divine fine dining. The food and drink alone would make this a fantastic dining experience, but the added history and architecture of the house itself will make this an evening to remember.
Masquerading as a café by day, Crafty Burger transforms into a fantastic night time burger joint. Often touted as Leicester’s best burger, Crafty Burger certainly lives up to its reputation. Offering both quality and quantity, this is a great place to eat if you’re looking for delicious food in a genuine urban hotspot.
Middleton’s Steakhouse and Grill
Located in the iconic former NatWest Bank on St. Martin’s, this steakhouse offers an opportunity to enjoy your meal in opulent surroundings. Serving steak and seafood with all the trimmings, this is the place in Leicester to push the boat out.
Boasting a fantastic range of live acts including comedians such as Seann Walsh, The Cookie is one of Leicester’s hippest venues. As if that wasn’t enough to be worthy of a visit, there is also a rooftop gin bar to cement its place as one of Leicester locals’ favourite nightspots.
Serving drinks in pineapples, coconuts and seashells, vibrant Hamakou brings a taste of the South Pacific to the East Midlands. Don your loudest shirt and try its impressive range of obsessively-engineered cocktails.
Another must-visit for cocktail fans, look no further than Manhattan 34, an art deco cocktail bar where gifted mixologists serve up some of the best cocktails in the city. If you fancy shaking things up yourself, why not take on the challenge of their Cocktail Masterclass?
The hustle and bustle of Leicester Market gives it a vibrant, characterful atmosphere. Europe’s largest outdoor covered market is a great place to buy fresh, local food, footwear, confectionary and pretty much anything else you could imagine. There’s been a market on this spot for the last 700 years, so they’re obviously doing something right.
Boasting over 150 shops and restaurants, Highcross is Leicester’s biggest shopping centre. With a great mix of high street chains and niche, independent stores, you’ll find what you’re looking for. There’s also a 12-screen cinema and a range of eating options.
King Richard III Visitor Centre
This new facility tells the fascinating story of how, in 2013, the remains of King Richard III were found under a Leicester city centre car park. Transformed from an old school building into a beautiful museum, Richard III Visitor Centre walks visitors through the cutting edge forensic processes that allowed the monarch’s body to be recovered and correctly identified. Learn about Richard’s story, the War of The Roses and Medieval Leicester in an experience which tells the story of a 15th century king with 21st century technology.
It’s often easy to forget that modern, vibrant Leicester has a very ancient heart, but a trip to its perfectly preserved 14th-century Guildhall is a bona fide step back in time. Marvel at the magnificent Great Hall or stay out of trouble in the police complete with ghoulish 19th-century gallows and two notorious Leicester pick-pockets, Crankie Gemmie and Emma Staff. The staff at the Guildhall are said to be very friendly and helpful, which is more than can be said for its ghosts.
National Space Centre
If you dream of escaping to another galaxy, then the National Space Centre is for you. Boasting the UK’s largest collection of spacecraft and space-related artefacts, there is more than enough at the National Space Centre to keep you fascinated. With wonderfully informative tours and guides, the science of space travel has never seemed so accessible. A must for all future Tim Peakes or Helen Sharmans, the National Space Centre is a must visit for anyone fascinated with space and the science behind it.
Retro Computer Museum
Technology moves at such an incredible pace that it would be difficult for most kids to imagine a time before internet on their phones. In the Retro Computer Museum, you can let them explore the computers that were used back in a more analogue age, as well as playing some classic computer games like Streetfighter 2 and Sonic The Hedgehog. Sharing your nostalgia with your kids is a lovely way to spend the day and the Retro Computer Museum is something to be shared.
Start out by grabbing breakfast at Crafty St Martin’s cafe, near the Odeon arcade. From here, you can sink into a big leather couch as you watch the city wake up.
From there, we would recommend blasting off to the National Space Centre to get an early hit of exploration and awe. If you’d rather save your feet, a range of public transport options are available too.
Once you’ve satisfied your hunger for knowledge, head to Middleton’s Steakhouse and Grill for a sumptuous lunch. The fixed price menu provides an incredible two or three course lunchtime deal.
Just next door is King Richard III Visitor Centre where you’ll get some fascinating insights on the famous king and his impact on the city.
Finally, our recommendation for an evening bar is the Cookie. From here, you can close out the day with some dinner, or just head up to the rooftop bar for a fantastic view of the city.
Discover Leicester in bloom across 830 acres of publicly accessible Bridgate Park.
Only a stone’s throw away from Leicester, Bridgate still boasts rocky outcrops, gnarled ancient oak trees and Red and Fallow Deer.
There’s even sustainably sourced venison and firewood for sale, if you want to take home your very own souvenir barbecue kit. Meanwhile, nearby Smithland Wood comprises 155 acres of Ancient Woodland, thriving with bird and animal life.
Catch a match
Sport is one of the biggest entertainment industries in Leicester. With the incredibly successful Leicester Tigers and the recent Premier League champions Leicester City’s stadiums being only a short walk away from each other, a weekend trip to see a match will be a weekend well spent.
Take a walking tour
Leicester city boasts some fantastic walking tours which will give you a great feel for the city. Our recommendation is the King Richard III walking tour, which combines the king’s story with local Leicester history.
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