Things to do in Leicestershire

Leicestershire, located in the heart of England within the Midlands, is a county rich in history and natural beauty. Known for its historical significance and diverse landscapes, it offers a unique blend of urban and rural attractions. The county town, Leicester, is famed for its ancient Roman past and vibrant multicultural present. From the remains of Roman baths to the futuristic National Space Centre, Leicestershire bridges centuries of history with modern innovation.

Beyond Leicester’s city limits, Leicestershire unfolds into a tapestry of quaint villages, bustling market towns, and serene countryside. The region is home to the Battle of Bosworth Field, where King Richard III met his end in 1485, marking a pivotal moment in English history. The rolling hills of the Charnwood Forest and the tranquil waters of Rutland Water offer peaceful retreats and outdoor adventures. Whether interested in heritage, nature or culinary delights, Leicestershire has something to enchant every visitor.

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  • National Space Centre: One of the UK’s leading attractions dedicated to space science and astronomy. With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, and iconic Rocket Tower, it’s an out-of-this-world experience suitable for all ages.
  • Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre: Explore this historic site where King Richard III fought for his reign and lost his life. A fascinating exhibition brings to life the story of the battle that changed English history forever.
  • Twycross Zoo: Home to a wide range of animals from around the world including some very rare species; this conservation-focused zoo offers an educational day out for families.
  • Great Central Railway: The UK’s only double track main line heritage railway offers a unique journey through Leicestershire’s scenic landscapes aboard historic steam trains.
  • New Walk Museum & Art Gallery: Leicester’s premier museum with collections ranging from Ancient Egypt to modern art. Free entry makes it accessible for everyone to enjoy its treasures.
  • Belvoir Castle: Overlooking the Vale of Belvoir, this grand castle is still home to the Duke of Rutland. With stunning gardens and opulent interiors open to visitors; it’s a glimpse into aristocratic life.
  • Donington le Heath Manor House: One of England’s oldest houses dating back to 1280 offering insights into medieval life with beautifully maintained gardens.
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre: Located near Leicester Cathedral where Richard III was reinterred in 2015; this centre tells the fascinating story of his life and death through immersive exhibits.
  • Beacon Hill Country Park: Offering panoramic views over Leicestershire from its highest point; Beacon Hill provides ample trails for walking and cycling amidst native woodland.
  • Curve Theatre: A state-of-the-art theatre in Leicester showcasing a dynamic range of performances from musicals to dramas and dance productions.
  • Stoneywell Cottage: A National Trust property that is an Arts & Crafts gem nestled within picturesque woodlands; advance booking is essential due to limited access but well worth planning ahead for.
  • Rutland Water Nature Reserve: One of Europe’s largest man-made lakes offering opportunities for birdwatching, sailing, cycling around its perimeter or simply enjoying nature at its best.