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Abundant with flora, fauna and breathtaking countryside, Leicestershire is famed for its great outdoors. Lose an afternoon walking off the beaten tracks, through bridleways and past pretty waterways, or hire a bike and hit the cycle tracks.
Leicester and its surrounding areas are home to many impressive city parks, such as Bradgate Country Park, Victoria Park or Castle Gardens, which make for a great day out. You could even head to the flourishing National Forest and its tapestry of nature trails, or visit the granite hills of Charnwood Forest. For another way to discover the area, Leicestershire has a good network of canals, with numerous places to hire boats or plan trips.
Take a stroll around Castle Park in Leicester's old town and you’ll stumble upon medieval Guildhall (which, legend has it, inspired Shakespeare to write King Lear) and the Great Hall of Leicester Castle. History enthusiasts will also want to pay a visit to the Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre, which regularly runs battle re-enactments, or explore the city’s Roman heritage at the Jewry Wall Museum.
Leicester and its surrounding areas have many fascinating museums – best of all, most of them are free! Go back in time at Snibston, home to fashion galleries and a transport and engineering museum. You can learn all about ancient Egypt at the New Walk Museum, or the art of making bells at Taylor’s Bell Factory.
If visual arts are more your thing, the state-of-the-art Curve theatre is a real treat. De Montford Hall is another place to enjoy live music, comedy and dance, while Phoenix is a media centre featuring interactive art installations, digital art workshops and independent productions.
Leicester is packed with activities to do all year round. Bursting with fun family attractions, top days out and a good mix of city activity and picturesque countryside, Leicestershire is the perfect place to take a break.
If you’re planning to travel to Leicester, take a look at our city guide to make the most of your visit.
Packed with award winning attractions, Leicester makes for a great trip. From the interactive National Space Centre, with real life rockets and outer space adventures, to the impressive Bosworth Battlefield, there are so many interesting things to do in Leicester.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, why not take a leisurely boat trip on the Grand Union Canal, or travel hop aboard a steam train at the Great Central Railway? Conkers, found in the heart of The National Forest, offers fun indoor and outdoor exploration for everyone.
Those with kids in tow can monkey around at Twyncross Zoo – home to one of the world’s largest primate collections. Alternatively, take a trip to Twinlakes Park or Wistow Maze for a good ol’ runaround!
Haute couture? Second hand bargains? Local produce? Whatever you’re after, Leicester has a wide range of shops, boutiques and markets for you to peruse.
A wander into Leicester’s city centre will find you at Highcross shopping mall, home to more than 100 high street favourites. Those looking for something a little more exclusive should head to St. Martin’s Square and Leicester Lanes, jammed with trendy boutiques and designer labels.
Situated in a beautiful area of the city, Stoneygate Shops offers an eclectic mix of gift shops, boutiques and charming places to stop off for a bite to eat. A short walk will find you at the Belgrave Road and Melton Road area of Leicester, bustling with spices, jewellery, clothing and street food.
With award winning chefs, rural country pubs and quaint tearooms, there’s enough culinary choice to cater for all tastes and budgets. Those after a real foodie experience can even try their hand at making their own Melton Mowbray pork pie at Leicestershire’s Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe!With award winning chefs, rural country pubs and quaint tearooms, there’s enough culinary choice to cater for all tastes and budgets. Those after a real foodie experience can even try their hand at making their own Melton Mowbray pork pie at Leicestershire’s Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe!
On a shoestring: Bobby’s. Tasty, fresh vegetarian Indian made with passion.
Middle of the road: The Belper Arms. Traditional pub food from the oldest pub in Leicestershire.
Splash the cash: The Boot Room. Unfussy British cooking with some European and Asian influences thrown in, all served up in a brick-built former shoe factory.