The city of Leicester is a lively and culturally diverse city and has a rich heritage. You can see many interesting historical places in Leicester, ranging from ancient Roman ruins to medieval and Victorian buildings. Arts and culture is prominent in the city and there are lots of museums and galleries to visit, and throughout the year there are a variety of festivals including a colourful Caribbean Carnival, Diwali celebrations and comedy.
There’s plenty of scope for shopping in the city, with large shopping centres and areas, and lots of choice for restaurants with many different cuisines to suit different preferences. For business there are a number of conference centres, including the one at Leicester City Football Club, and East Midlands Airport serves the city for international air travel.
Leicester Car Hire
Wherever you are in Leicester, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Leicester car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
There are many places to visit in Leicester, but here are a few suggestions:
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
Visit this museum and gallery to see fascinating collections such as paintings by J M W Turner and Degas, dinosaurs and fossils, ancient Egyptian mummies, and displays of different landscapes and animals around the world.
Jewry Wall Museum
Here you can learn about the history of Leicester and see interesting artefacts including prehistoric tools, medieval glass and tiles, Roman mosaics and parts of Roman military wear, and you’ll see the Jewry Wall which is a section of an ancient Roman bath house.
Abbey Pumping Station
This interesting museum displays exhibits relating to the history of science and industry in Leicester from the Industrial Revolution. You can see the huge and impressive beam engines, as well as a narrow gauge railway.
Newarke Houses Museum
These are two elegants houses built in the 1500’s where you can learn about the lives of Leicester people in the past, including military trophies and other exhibits from the Royal Leicester Regiment, and a World War I trench reconstruction, and historic toys dating from Tudor times onwards.
This is a delightful 14th century medieval building and is Grade I listed. You can see the medieval timber frames, the Great Hall with impressive ceiling paintings from the 1600’s, and in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour you can see splendid wooden panelling. At the Guildhall are held various performances over the year such as drama, music and comedy.
Watermead Country Park South
Visit this Country Park where you can explore the
delightful scenery with lakes, woods and wetlands, and enjoy the natural wildlife of the area. You can walk through the park or follow one of the cycle routes that go through it, and there’s also a life size mammoth model in the park which provides a unique feature for visitors.
National Space Centre
Come here to have an interesting experience where you can see displays relating to the world of space, including a huge rocket tower, planetarium, spacecraft, satellites and astronauts’ spacesuits, and with lots of fun interactive features to enjoy and learn from.
This attractive park has lots of features to enjoy, including the ruins of both Cavendish House built in the 1600’s and Leicester Abbey built in the 1100’s, boating lake, maze, tennis courts, colourful flowers, along with an area with small animals and birds for children to enjoy.
Map of Leicester, click the directions icon to open a larger map for driving directions from Leicester to any other location.