Located in the East Midlands, Leicester is the county town of Leicestershire. The city has a rich and intriguing history as former Roman settlement. History buffs will enjoy exploring the fantastic castles, roman ruins, stately homes and other impressive historic sites throughout the city. The city is also home to some great family attractions from theme parks to nature trails as well as museums. Culture vultures will also find plenty to discover in the city’s numerous theatres which host a range of live performances from drama and opera to contemporary dance throughout the year. During the summer months, there are live outdoor performances at both Kilworth House and the Conkers amphitheatres. Art lovers will find a range of excellent galleries and exhibitions in the centre.
In Leicester, a small family car, preferably a hatchback, is the best possible thing you can drive in order to negotiate the motorways and city centre routes.
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Important things to note
Leicester is a two hour drive from London and is accessible via the M1 motorway. The M69 and M6 motorways also offer excellent access to and from the city of Birmingham.
Many areas of interest are accessible by foot in the city centre. The city has plenty of car parking facilities as well as a Park and Ride on Monday to Saturday from Meynells Gorse.
Roads can be congested in and around the city during rush hour periods, so it’s advisable to avoid driving in the city at these times.
Highlights & Hotspots
Kids and adults alike will love the excellent hands-on exhibitions at The National Space Centre. This interactive museum is a fun place to visit for all the family and makes space science accessible to everyone. As well as the displays and hands-on exhibitions, visitors can also go to the Space Theatre.
Art lovers should take a trip to the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery where you’ll discover works from both touring and permanent collections. Works by local artist and architect Ernest Gimson are displayed in the permanent gallery, including examples of his design work and furniture.
There’s plenty on offer for families with kids of all ages. Conkers is an excellent assault course for little adventurers looking for an active afternoon out. There is also a nature trail for outdoorsy families who want to explore the great outdoors.
For those who enjoy a little retail therapy, the city offers a wide range of excellent shops, from high street brands to designer couture. You’ll discover a range of unique boutiques and quirky independent stores in the area known as Stoneygate; a quiet area of the city, away from the crowds.
The closest airport to Leicester is East Midlands Airport, which is located approximately 20 miles north of Leicester and is accessible via the M1 motorway.
The airport is equidistant between Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. It also happens to be one of the busiest in the UK, where footfall tends to peak during the summer.