A culturally diverse metropolis and one of the UK’s oldest cities, Leicester is a blend of rich heritage and vibrant modernity. Brimming with shops, museums, galleries, and top notch entertainment, the city offers all you need for a winning city break. Surrounded by quintessentially green British countryside and chocolate box villages, Leicester makes an ideal base for those that really like to get out and explore.
Things to see
The architectural jewel of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, the aptly named Curve Theatre, makes for a world class evening of entertainment. With shows straight from the West End, there’s always something worth going to see. Adjacent to the leafy expanse of Victoria Park, De Montfort Hall's the largest entertainment venue in Leicester, with musical concerts, ballet, comedy, and opera all frequently taking to its stage. For Leicester City FC fans, the King Power Stadium is a must-visit. There you can take a behind the scenes tour of the football ground, and walk out through the legendary Foxes tunnel. For those not shy of hedging a bet, take a gallop to Leicester Racecourse. Located just outside of the city in Oadby, the horse racing course is home to both National Hunt and flat racing. In the city center you’ll find Leicester Cathedral, with its imposing Gothic architecture.
Hotels in Leicester
There is certainly no shortage of hotels in Leicester, with a vast selection available to suit all tastes and budgets. For a city break splurge, luxuriate in the chic surroundings of a city center boutique or base yourself just outside the city to enjoy the rejuvenating grandeur of a historic country manor. Visitors with more modest budgets have all the popular chain hotels available to them, along with independently run accommodation with a little more character. For those on a budget, B&Bs and guesthouse are in good supply, with some located in the city’s lively center.
Where to stay
A hotel in Leicester city center puts you within walking distance of most major attractions, along with the city’s plentiful amenities. Leicester yields many opportunities for the seasoned shopaholic, with its high street, Haymarket Towers shopping mall and bustling Gallowtree Gate - the city’s main shopping thoroughfare. For something a little more exotic, the fragrant Golden Mile is gilded with shops devoted to Indian goods; selling spices, jewelry, saris, and Indian cuisine galore. An eclectic mix of eateries can be found in the city center, offering something for all tastes. Whether you’re a couple, family, young or old – the city center offers something for everyone.
How to get to
For those traveling into the region by plane, East Midlands Airport will likely be your landing zone. Taxis into Leicester aren’t particularly cheap; however the Skylink bus is a quick and reliable alternative. Running every 30 minutes during the day and hourly at night, the bus leaves directly from the airport arriving at Leicester’s St Margaret’s Bus Station in just under an hour. Those traveling from within the UK via train should get off at Leicester Station, conveniently located in the city center. For those driving, Leicester is adjacent to the M1 motorway, allowing for speedy access from all over the UK.