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Leicester is a multicultural city, so embrace the various foods, cultures, and lifestyles on offer. Thanks to a mild East Midlands climate, visiting is comfortable year round, though the city comes alive during spring and summer. Exploring the site of the Battle of Bosworth and Leicester Cathedral makes for a fascinating afternoon of British history, courtesy of famed monarch and warrior King Richard III. Bradgate Park is perfect for nature lovers.

Best time to travel

 

Spring and summer are best enjoyed in Leicester with long, leisurely walks along New Walk's Victorian promenade and enjoying some café culture. But the city's consistently mild weather makes it comfortable to visit anytime, even in cool, rainy winters.

Not to miss

 

Step back in time at Leicester Cathedral, where the remains of King Richard III are laid to rest, and explore the King Richard III Visitor Centre next door. Bradgate Park is the perfect place to spend a day in the great outdoors, with freely roaming deer as your companions. And spending an evening inside an architectural delight, at Curve, is an excellent way to experience some of the best theater outside of London's West End.

 

Getting around

 

The closest airports are East Midlands Airport (EMA), 20 miles away, and Birmingham Airport (BHX), 40 miles away. A short walk from Leicester city center is The Victorian train station, with national connections including London, Manchester, and Birmingham. Walking is a great way to get around the compact city center, and for longer journeys you can hail a cab or use the efficient bus network.

 

Cuisine

 

World cuisine is staple in Leicester, where you can readily find authentic Thai and Chinese food, among others. Indian cuisine is one of the most popular local options and you'll find it throughout the city, especially along The Golden Mile. There's also comforting and hearty British cuisine, as well as an array of vegetarian eateries.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Tipping in restaurants is customary, so you should expect to add about 10 percent to your bill. Forming orderly lines, or queues, when waiting for service is important to Brits who view it as a strict rule to be respected. Manners will get you far in Britain, and you can expect a friendly "cheers" or "ta" when speaking to anyone in the service industry. Be aware that traffic runs on the left, which is the opposite of most countries.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 337653
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  • Spoken languages: English
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  • Electrical: 220-240 volts, 50 Hz, plug type G
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  • Phone calling code: +44 116
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  • Emergency number: 999