Leicester

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With a name of one of the oldest cities in England and a history of at least 2,000 years, Leicester offers something for those looking for both historic and contemporary.

History

As once a Roman settlement, small tokens of this part of Leicester’s history is scattered across the centre, from the remnants of the Roman Baths at Jewry Wall to the artefacts on display at Jewry Wall Museum.  Travelling further through history, Leicester is also the burial place of Henry VII’s Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey which can be found in Leicester’s Abbey Park.  However, recently the history of Leicester has been overshadowed with the discovery of the remains of King Richard III which were found underneath Grey Friar’s car park in New Street.  Those interested in the last Plantagenet King can now explore all there is to know on the life, burial and rediscovery of the royal who famously died in the Battle of Bosworth when visiting the King Richard III Visitor Centre.  If you're looking for fun things to do in Leicester, a little outside of Leicester city centre, visitors can even pay a visit to the field where the Battle of Bosworth took place where children can re-live King Richard’s final moments (according to Shakespeare). 

 Culture

With a rich history, Leicester is also not short of cultural activities.  The famous Leicester Curve theatre plays local productions as well as highly popular touring West End productions and offers a great night out in the city.  Or, if learning and facts is more up your street, then head to the National Space Centre where you can immerse yourself in a world of space and astronomy.  And for music lovers, keep an eye on the Leicester Jazz House, a not for profit organisation that promotes Jazz acts around Leicester.

Shopping in Leicester

Shopping in Leicester city centre offers a range of stores, boutiques and niche stores catering for all shopping needs.  If it’s the well-known high street favourites you’re after, including a four story John Lewis, then Highcross Shopping Centre is the place for you.  Alternatively, the charming boutiques, emporiums and niche stores provide an interesting visit for those looking for something off the high street or for those just looking to browse. 

Places to Eat

As with any city trip, it’s always nice to take a seat and take the load of your feet for a few minutes and Leicester gives you the perfect opportunity to do this with its historic tea rooms.  Step away from the city centre rush and go back in time to a place where time wasn’t of the essence and you could enjoy a nice spot of afternoon tea in a quaint environment.  Or if you like to really treat yourself when you’re out and about, then head to The Boot Room where you can choose from a delicious menu of fresh ingredients from one of the few independent restaurants in Leicester.

Trains to Leicester

Leicester train station is situated on our London route and as such is a calling point for the majority of our services departing from London St Pancras as well as services departing from Sheffield and Nottingham.  Plus with a journey time from approximately 60 minutes from London St Pancras and Sheffield, and from 26 minutes from Nottingham, the history and culture of Leicester is just a short train ride away!

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