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Leicester
Travel Guide

Historic Roman ruins, multicultural festivals and superb museums welcome visitors to this lively city in central England.

With colorful festivals, medieval landmarks, modern museums and art galleries, Leicester is a vivacious city with wide-reaching attractions. Founded by the Romans, Leicester is one of England’s oldest cities. It’s also one of the country’s most culturally diverse, evident at the turn of almost every corner.

Leicester’s city center hosts an interesting collection of attractions within walking distance of each other. Visit the medieval Leicester Cathedral, set amid a busy shopping district. Near to the cathedral is the site of a fascinating archaeological discovery. The skeleton of King Richard III was found here in 2012. Tour the King Richard III Visitor Centre that has been built around the site to learn about the excavation and the life and death of the king. Join a ghost tour at the Guildhall, said to be the city’s most haunted building.

See more of Leicester’s history at many free museums. Explore Iron Age and Roman ruins at the Jewry Hall Museum. Relive Leicester’s 20th-century life at the Newarke Houses Museum. See a re-creation of Victorian customs at Belgrave Hall Museum and Gardens. Spot Egyptian artifacts, dinosaur displays and 20th-century art at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Stroll along the Grand Union Canal to picturesque Abbey Park. Relax with a picnic on the manicured lawns or cruise around the lake on a rented paddle boat. Explore the remains of two historic buildings, Leicester Abbey and Cavendish House.

Visit the National Space Centre to learn about astronomy, the solar system and British space missions via interactive exhibits. Watch space-themed movies at the center’s planetarium.

Leicester’s multicultural customs are visible in its architecture, cuisine and festivals. Visit the Guru Nanak Gurdwara temple, which also has a museum on Sikh culture. Discover the ancient religion of Jainism at the Jain Centre. Go to Belgrade Road and walk along the Golden Mile to visit sari shops, jewelers and a collection of Indian restaurants. Be part of colorful Hindu celebrations such as Holi and Diwali.

Less than an hour’s drive from two international airports and just a 90-minute train journey from London, Leicester is a great base for daytrips to fascinating English attractions, including Belvoir Castle and Bosworth Battlefield.

Where to stay in Leicester

Novotel Leicester
Novotel Leicester
4 out of 5
2 Great Central Street, Leicester, England
The price is €70 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr

Located in the heart of Leicester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre ...

4.4/5Excellent! (20 reviews)

"Good standard and enjoyable stay. Covid compliant"…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

Novotel Leicester
Days Inn by Wyndham Leicester Forest East M1
Days Inn by Wyndham Leicester Forest East M1
3 out of 5
Welcome Break Service Area J21, Leicester, England
The price is €30 per night from 2 May to 3 May

Situated in Leicester, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sheet Hedges Country Park, National Space Centre and De Montfort University. University of Leicester ...

3.8/5Good! (562 reviews)

"It was good"…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Leicester Forest East M1
ibis budget Leicester
ibis budget Leicester
3 out of 5
Leicester North Services, Leicester, England
The price is €28 per night from 3 May to 4 May

Situated in Leicester, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Watermead Country Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of National Space Centre and Abbey Pumping ...

3.7/5Good! (364 reviews)

"Over all its excellent for the money. Staff is always cold need bit softer face. In US where ever you go staff is very polite even its fake but it works."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

ibis budget Leicester
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Highcross House, 125-127 Vaughan Way, Leicester, England
The price is €44 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr

Located in Leicester City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre ...

3.1/5 (34 reviews)

"The facility did not match the stated standards on the photos.  It and was unsafe to stay there for my family, and we  had to leave immediately to keep our baby away from this place. On the photos it is brand new but in reality we found old apartment with mold, terrible odour of old facility (smell ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
Showcase Apartments Kimberley House
Showcase Apartments Kimberley House
3 out of 5
47 Vaughan Way, Leicester, England
The price is €44 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Located in Leicester City Centre, this property is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre and University ...

3.5/5Good! (56 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable. I would stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

Showcase Apartments Kimberley House
Empire Serviced Studio Apartments
Empire Serviced Studio Apartments
3 out of 5
6-8 Bath Lane, Leicester, England
The price is €78 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

Located in the heart of Leicester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Jewry Wall and De Montfort University. National Space Centre and University ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Apartment

"I slept very well. The bed was comfy."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2021

Empire Serviced Studio Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Leicester

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
79
5 - Excellent 21.236559139784948%
4 - Good
186
4 - Good 50%
3 - Okay
82
3 - Okay 22.043010752688172%
2 - Disappointing
20
2 - Disappointing 5.376344086021505%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.3440860215053763%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Feb 2020

Some great pubs and places to eat in Leicester. Blue Boar micropub recommended

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

Ive lived in Leicester all my life. I don't know wether in getting older but it gone down hill a bit. Too many homeless and begging on the streets. Its nice its become pedestrianised. Streets could do with being cleaner

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2020

Had a lovely meal at Pho, drinks in the Globe, and felt safe walking in city late at night.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Jan 2020

Great city and multicultural

3/5 - Okay

Paresh

20 Jan 2020

Not much to do and takeaways / restaurants closed around 11! Lots of clubs but felt unsafe and dirty

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Lively city. Good for shopping, eating and nights out