For a city that’s undergone an incredible shift over the past 20 years, Leicester still has its fair share of charm. Situated in the heart of the East Midlands, Leicester is home to over 330,000 people, a number which is only set to grow.
The home of tourism
It’s a little-known fact that Leicester was actually one of the first ever tourist destinations. In 1841, founder of the famous tourist agency, Thomas Cook, set up a route between Leicester and Loughborough that people could take via a train he’d privately chartered.
Since then, the city has progressed somewhat, but it’s still home to its fair share of charm. If you’re lucky enough to be a tourist in the area, there’s a whole host of activities to keep you occupied and enthralled. Read on to find out more.
Leicester’s top 5 tourist attractions
Take a look at the following list for some fresh ideas on what to do when in the city of Leicester.
1) The final resting place of Richard III
Strangely, Leicester is home to one of the few kings of England who was buried outside of London or Windsor. Thousands of people gathered in 2015 to witness Richard III’s reinterment into Leicester Cathedral.
Today, you can find out all you need to know about the last king of the House of York at the Richard III museum, a quoted ‘must-see’ for history buffs visiting the area.
2) Find out the secrets of Leicester Guildhall
It’s allegedly one of the most haunted buildings in the city and not without good cause – Leicester Guildhall has a remarkably dark past. Claiming to be home to 5 prominent ghosts, including the White Lady, Leicester Guildhall has been attracting tourists for decades.
Built originally in the late 14th century, the building has served many purposes. Firstly, it served as Leicester’s original police station, equipped with warden’s house and suite of damp and dingy prison cells. One of these cells still displays a gibbet, conjuring you to imagine what horrors would have taken place within the walls.
3) Get a breath of fresh air at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve
Sometimes, the best things in life are free and that’s especially true when it comes to Dimminsdale Nature Reserve.
If you’re looking to get in touch with nature, wrap up and take a stroll down the Staunton Harold Reservoir, which rests on Leicestershire’s historic border with Leicestershire. Near the B587 towards Calke Abbey, you’ll find the entrance to the main reserve, which will be dusted with snowdrops if you time your visit correctly.
There are more than a few old mineshafts that still exist around the Reserve, which has contributed to the area’s status as being of Special Scientific Interest. As a result, it’s important to stay on the paths to enjoy this National Forest to the fullest.
4) Wine and dine with a theatre show at Kilworth House
It’s not every day where you come across a hotel with its own open-air theatre, so if you’re in the area, Kilworth House isn’t one to miss.
Typical English weather isn’t a point to be concerned about, as come rain or shine, the show will go on. The theatre’s large canopy shelters both audience and cast, allowing for an enjoyable evening regardless.
Whether you’re planning on packing a picnic for an evening show or going all-out on the theatre hotel experience, Kilworth House is a place to add firmly to your itinerary.
5) See history come to life at Bosworth Battlefield
Visit Bosworth Battlefield and you’ll be greeted with realistic reenactments of some of the most important battles in British history. One of the most impressive is the display of the Battle of Bosworth Field, where famed king Richard III both fought and lost his life.
After you’ve seen the displays of armour and clashing of steel, take a walk through the BFI exhibition and find out how archeologists pinpointed the exact location of where the battle took place.Top