Best Things to do in Leicester

Written by Pierre Noronha

Born and raised in Mumbai, Pierre Noronha thought that he was destined to be a Chartered Accountant, but all that changed when he discovered his love for writing. Taking this new found passion forward, he started working as a content writer for UniAcco.

May 16, 2020

We’ll be honest; till 2010, no one really cared about Leicester. It flew largely under the radar up until the last decade. However, the discovery of the remains of Richard III of England in 2012 and Leicester City Football Club’s legendary 5000/1 Premier League title-winning season threw this 73.3 km² city into the spotlight. The world soon came to know what Leicester was all about – a city with modern marvels, an out-of-this-world planetarium and historic cathedrals. Here are the best things you can do in Leicester – 

The National Space Centre 

A visit to The National Space Centre will guarantee you an out of this world experience. Literally! Take a journey through the themed galleries, stopping at over 150 interactive experiences and much more. Sit back in awe of the UK’s largest planetarium as it takes you on a voyage of discovery in this 360° full-dome experience. The National Space Centre hosts many exciting weekend events, including astronomy evenings, family face quiz, movie-themed events, astronaut visits, even special Star Wars, LEGO and Time Lord weekends and many more.

Address – Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS, United Kingdom.

Tickets – Adult £15.50, Child (5-16) £12.50, Concessions £12.50, Under 5 Free, Parking (all day) £3.00

Opening hours – Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Star attraction – The Sir Patrick Moore planetarium.

Phone – +44 116 261 0261

Leicester Cathedral

The Leicester Cathedral (formally called Cathedral Church of Saint Martin, Leicester) is the official seat of the Bishop of Leicester. However, the Cathedral’s claim to fame has to be reburial of King Richard III in 2015. The remains were discovered nearby in the foundations of the lost Greyfriars chapel. The Leicester Cathedral is a Grade II listed building comprising a large nave and chancel with two chancel chapels, along with a 220-foot-tall spire. 

Address – 2.Peacock Ln, Leicester LE1 5FQ, United Kingdom.

Tickets – Free entry, however, you can donate money to fund the upkeep and repairs of the Cathedral.

Opening hours – Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday – 12.30 PM – 2.30 PM

Star attraction – The tomb of Richard III of England.

Phone – +44 116 261 5200 

Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is a name given to a stretch of the Belgrave Road that houses many Indian restaurants and shops. The origin of the name is accredited to the many shops selling gold jewellery which is said to be the largest selection outside India. You can also find authentic food, spices, clothing and other goods along this stretch. Therefore it is no surprise to know that the Golden Mile carries the tag of being “the closest that Britain comes to an Indian bazaar”.

Address – 87E Belgrave Rd, Leicester LE4 6AS, United Kingdom.

Star attraction – The Diwali celebration at Golden Mile. Also, the award-winning Curry Fever deserves a shoutout. 

Phone – Curry Fever – +44 116 266 2941 

King Power Stadium

This one’s for football fans; the King Power Stadium is the home of Leicester City Football Club. Located just outside the centre, this stadium is the 20th largest stadium in England with a capacity of 32,312 people. There isn’t much to do here unless it’s match day, but if you’re a fan, the stadium tour is unmissable! You can walk around the ground, visit the dressing room, have your photo taken at the media centre, go to the gift shop, and try to feel the excitement that players felt when they won the Premier League.

Address – Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL, United Kingdom.

Tickets – Tickets for game day can range anywhere from £5 to £50. 

Star attraction – The Premier League trophy from their legendary 2015–16 season. 

Phone – 0344 815 5000

Leicester Market

The Leicester Market is the largest covered outdoor market in Europe and has been exactly where it sits now for 700 years. That’s right; the market has been flourishing in the city centre for almost seven centuries. Over here, you can also find a statue of the 5th Duke of Rutland and a Lloyd’s Bar. The best time to get an authentic feel of the Leicester Market is on a Saturday afternoon. Wander leisurely at the market to browse the fruit, vegetable, clothes, and other products at the 270 stalls. 

Address – Market Pl, Leicester LE1 5GG, United Kingdom.

Opening hours – Monday – Saturday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM 

Star attraction – The monthly Farmers’ Market on the last Wednesday of every month, specializing in locally produced organic meat, fruit and vegetables.

Phone – +44 116 223 2372

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is located in the infamous New Walk area, which is a pedestrianized walkway. It runs all the way out of the city centre to Victoria Park. The museum is entirely free and displays magnificent works of art along with “Ancient Egypt”, dinosaur exhibits and many regular events. You’ll find works of history, science and art, both local and international. There are many restaurants around like Revolution, Pamson Grill and Herb, to keep you fueled up so that you can explore New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in its entirety. 

Address – 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, United Kingdom

Tickets – Free entry

Opening hours – Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Star attraction – The Ancient Egypt section.

Phone – +44 116 225 4900Website – 

Abbey Park

Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the city centre. Home to Leicester Abbey, the River Soar flows through the park, and you can also find a miniature railway, café, and a boating lake there. The Park is actually perfect for a little getaway in the summer; where you can play sports, roam around or just cool off with ice cream. Abbey Park also holds fireworks celebrations and other events all year round. 

Address – Abbey Park Rd, Leicester LE4 5AQ, United Kingdom

Opening hours – Monday – Sunday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Star attraction – The pets corner, tennis courts and outdoor gym. 

Phone – +44 116 454 1003

University of Leicester botanic garden

The University of Leicester botanic garden sits just outside the city centre. It, however, does remain a must-visit because of the Attenborough Arboretum and tons of different plants across acres of garden. The botanic garden’s main aim is to be a backdrop for scientific research and offer a place for students to learn, but more importantly, a lovely place to spend a day. There is ample space, sculptures, benches and a track to make it the perfect place for a walk.

Address – 2ld, 3 Glebe Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 2LD, United Kingdom

Opening hours – Monday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Star attraction – The Attenborough Arboretum which is a satellite facility of the Botanic Garden

Phone – +44 116 271 2933

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