About Leicester

An historic city...

Leicester was established more the 2000 years ago and is one of the oldest cities in England. Having undergone major development, Leicester is a chic and cosmopolitan city to enjoy.

Thanks to cutting-edge developments, such as the Highcross Shopping centre and the groundbreaking Curve theatre, Leicester is considered one of the most modern, and innovative cities in the UK.
Home to two Universities, including the renowned University of Leicester, the city is a favoured destination for further education. Leicester welcomes young people from around the world - many shops and restaurants offer very attractive discounts for students - and students can frequently be seen studying in one of the centrally located parks.

There are dozens of popular attractions available, catering for a wide variety of tastes. The New Walk Museum is one of several in the city centre, which also boasts the impressive Central Lending Library, two cinemas, three theatres, a concert hall, an art gallery, Laserquest, and numerous eateries. If you’re into sports, pay a visit to Leicester’s prize-winning football and Rugby clubs. Just short distances out of town are two additional cinemas and Hollywood Bowling, whilst a brief car journey takes you to the National Space Centre and Snibston Scientific Discovery Park.

Those with a passion for the historical will find much to explore in Leicestershire; the eventful Tudor period in particular played an important part in the region’s past.

Visit Kenilworth Castle to see the home of Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester, and close companion to Elizabeth 1st. He is said to have entertained her there, at the cost of over £1000 per day; a fortune in those times.
Go back a hundred years or so, and Leicester becomes the last location of an almighty war; the Battle of Bosworth was the concluding conflict in the Wars of the Roses, which lasted over 100 years. Richard III was famously defeated by Henry Tudor on Bosworth Battlefield, thus becoming the final English monarch ever to die in battle.

Leicester is a city bursting at the seams with arts, culture, festivals, attractions, shopping and food and drink waiting for you to explore.

Leicester is closer than you may think....but it's a hard place to leave behind!
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