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.

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Shopping, Historical Buildings and Museums

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Where to stay in Leicester

Leicester City Centre
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Leicester City Centre

Theaters, Friendly People, Bars

Leicester City Centre is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for bars and restaurants. For a taste of the local culture, you can check out the theater scene and shopping.

Hamilton
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Hamilton

Hamilton is a welcoming neighborhood.

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Top Hotels in Leicester

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Leicester Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester
$65/night
Aug 9 - Aug 10
4.4/5Excellent! (671 reviews)

"Only thing that has changed were the orange juice and pink grapefruit juice. We was here when the hotel first opened and the difference in taste of those drinks has changed a lot it was more fresher back then."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Leicester Marriott Hotel
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Days Inn by Wyndham Leicester Forest East M1
3 out of 5
Welcome Break Service Area J21, Leicester
$40/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
3.8/5Good! (480 reviews)

"Perfectly fine and acceptable stay however the shower was really loud. Some road noise which is to be expected with the location of the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Days Inn by Wyndham Leicester Forest East M1
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Holiday Inn Express Leicester - City
3 out of 5
Filbert Way, Raw Dykes Road, Leicester
$47/night
Jul 21 - Jul 22
4/5Very Good! (688 reviews)

"Right by the King Power Stadium with Grace Road Cricket Ground walkable."…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Leicester - City

Popular things to do in Leicester

Leicester Cathedral
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Leicester Cathedral

Home to the crypt of King Richard III, this medieval church also has impressive carvings, ornate chapels and a public art instillation.

New Walk Museum
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New Walk Museum

Examine millennia-old dinosaur fossils, mummies from ancient Egypt and work by artists such as J.M.W. Turner at this museum and gallery.

Jewry Wall
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Jewry Wall

Walk amid the ruins of this millennia-old Roman bathhouse and browse the archaeological collections of the adjacent museum.

National Space Centre
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National Space Centre

Learn about the solar system and famous space missions, become a trainee astronaut for the day and attend planetarium shows at this interactive museum.

Curve Theatre
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Curve Theatre

At the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter is this modern theater, which hosts everything from ballets and concerts to dramas and stand-up comedy shows.

Bradgate Park
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Bradgate Park

Once a medieval hunting ground, this large park now features centuries-old ruins, walking trails and varied wildlife.

Top activities in Leicester

Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land
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Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land

$35

Create fun family memories at Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land anytime throughout the main park season which usually runs between March and October enjoying all the thrills and spills of the park.

Alton Towers Resort Tickets
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Alton Towers Resort Tickets

$40

Unleash the ‘Power of the Towers’ this year as you share joy, laughter and thrills with family and friends at Britain’s Greatest Escape! From rushing through the burning Wicker Man to simply witnessing a small child’s delight as they disco dance with Ubercorn in CBeebies Land, there really is something for everyone to enjoy at Alton Towers Resort! This year, share even more fun and thrills as the Resort launches some amazing new attractions.

Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

$31

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Aspire Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle, complete with access to amenities such as Wi-Fi, TV, magazines, and delicious snacks.