Are you visiting Leicester for a show or a big music event? Perhaps you’re only going to be there for one night and you’re thinking of arriving, going to your hotel, going to the event and then heading off again first thing in the morning.
Well please don’t do that to yourself, because that would be a massive wasted opportunity, and here’s why.
There’s so much to do in Leicester that we feel duty bound to tell you about some of the excellent stuff you’d be missing if you didn’t take the time to see it while you’re there.
Here are just a few of the things you can add to your Leicester trip to make the most of your time in this marvellous city. We’ve picked a few things that cover sporting events, historic landmarks, arts activities and education, with a few wild animals thrown in for good measure. We’re confident that if you do all of these things on your trip to Leicester, you’ll have a truly excellent time.
Home of the UK’s largest planetarium, the National Space Centre is a great day out for families, but it’ll be just as much fun for the adults as it is for the kids.
The building is futuristic and exciting to look at from the outside, with its big and oddly-shaped pillowy tower. Inside you’ll find lots of exhibits devoted to the study of space, spread through six separate galleries.
You can learn about cosmology, space flight and astronomy during your visit, and you can also go into the planetarium to see some incredible visual representations of outer space as though you were right there in front of them.
Space, dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, and Victorian life – it’s all here in the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester. Free to enter, it’s an impressive building in its own right and has a history of being open to the public since 1849.
There’s always a new exhibition to see, as well as all the items from its permanent collection, so make sure you pay a visit when you’re in Leicester to see what kind of surprises they’ve thrown in there during your trip.
This Leicester zoo is as focused on conservation as it is on providing an outstanding visitor attraction, and that’s just one good reason to go there. It’s run by an award-winning conservation charity, and among the animals it looks after are monkeys, leopards, tortoises, parrots, giraffes, meerkats and zebras.
A visit to the zoo is a chance to learn all about the conservation work they do, and how you can help in your own way. You can also find out about their research and external conservation projects, such as mobile phone recycling for forests in Africa, and sustainable palm oil.
Now, a market might not sound like the most exciting place to visit during your first time in Leicester, but that’s only because you haven’t been to Leicester Market yet.
The winner of this year’s ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’ title, it’s a place where you can while away a whole day just wandering, trying different foods, and taking in the atmosphere.
There’s an indoor market, an outdoor market and a food hall, so you’ve got quite a lot of stalls and shops to browse while you’re here. There are also regular events, from tai chi to vintage days.
A cathedral is always an impressive place to visit when you land in a new city, and Leicester Cathedral is no exception. What makes this cathedral a little bit different, however, is that it houses the tomb of none other than King Richard IIIrd.
Yes, that king whose remains were discovered underneath a car park in one of the biggest news stories of 2013. He has now been laid to rest in a much more dignified state in Leicester Cathedral, in a very stylish and modern tomb which you can see for yourself during your visit.
If you’re a football fan, or even if you’re a little ambivalent about football, there’s no better way to get a feel for a city than to go and see their local football team play at home. Leicester’s grandly named King Power Stadium, it’s the country’s 20th largest stadium with a capacity of 32,312.
And in case you might be ready to doubt Leicester’s claim to be a particularly significant footballing city, we’d best remind you that one of our most famous and beloved footballers of all time – Gary Lineker – is himself from Leicester. In fact, Gary officially opened the new King Power Stadium in 2002, after being transported there in a huge lorry sponsored by Walkers’ crisps.