Things to do in Leicester

Leicester, a vibrant city nestled in the heart of Leicestershire, England, boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture that spans over two millennia. From its early beginnings as a Roman settlement to its current status as a bustling urban center, Leicester has continually evolved, blending ancient heritage with modern vibrancy. The city’s diverse population contributes to its dynamic cultural scene, offering an array of festivals, culinary experiences, and artistic expressions that reflect its multicultural identity.

Significant landmarks such as the Leicester Cathedral, the final resting place of King Richard III, and the Jewry Wall Museum showcasing Leicester’s Roman past, stand testament to the city’s historical significance. Moreover, Leicester is renowned for its contributions to science and education, housing esteemed institutions like the University of Leicester and De Montfort University. The discovery of genetic fingerprinting in this city marks one of many scientific achievements that underline Leicester’s role in global research and innovation.

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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 offers an inspirational journey through space.
  • Leicester Cathedral: A historic building at the heart of Leicester’s Old Town. Visitors can explore its beautiful architecture and learn about its royal connections including the tomb of King Richard III.
  • King Power Stadium: Home to Leicester City Football Club. Football fans can enjoy thrilling matches or take a stadium tour to see behind-the-scenes areas and learn about the club’s history.
  • Curve Theatre: A state-of-the-art theatre in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter known for producing and hosting a wide range of performances from musicals to dramas and dance shows.
  • Jewry Wall Museum: Offers insights into Leicester’s Roman history through fascinating artifacts and ruins including one of Britain’s tallest surviving pieces of Roman walling.
  • Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre: An independent cinema offering a diverse program of films, digital art exhibitions, courses & workshops.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre: A premier shopping destination with over 100 shops along with restaurants and cinemas for a complete entertainment experience.
  • Leicester Market: Europe’s largest outdoor covered market known for fresh produce along with clothing & accessories stalls providing a traditional shopping experience.
  • Victoria Park: An expansive parkland offering sports facilities, war memorials, walking paths for leisurely strolls or picnics amidst green surroundings.
  • New Walk Museum & Art Gallery: Houses collections ranging from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt artifacts along with fine art galleries featuring works from renowned artists.
  • De Montfort Hall: A premier venue for concerts ranging from classical music performances to rock bands along with comedy shows & community events.