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Leicester was the capital of the legendary Lear's kingdom, the seat of 8C East Mercian bishops, and one of the five Danelaw towns (with Derby, Lincoln, Nottingham and Stamford) in 865, the time of Viking invasions. Later, William I built a castle here, whose castellans were Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. The medieval city prospered thanks to the hosiery trade. More recently, a university and newer industries have enhanced Leicester’s position.
Tourist attractions Leicester : Things to see and do
7 Peacock Lane GB - Leicester LE1 5PZ
The first St Martin's was Norman. The church that replaced it is Early English with a Perpendicular clerestory. Note the Robert Herrick family memorials in the north choir aisle dating back to 1589, the Richard III memorial stone in the chancel and t..
53 New Walk GB - Leicester LE1 7EA
An excellent collection of English painters including Gainsborough, Wright of Derby, Lawrence, Hogarth, Rossetti, Stanley Spencer, Laura Knight and L.S. Lowry and the country's largest collection of German Expressionist works.
st. Castle GB - Leicester LE1 5WH
The shadowy and attractive interior goes back to 1107. The sedilia is the best example of Norman work. The south wing and tower are 13C and the chancel roof 14C.
1 St Georges Way GB - Leicester LE1 1AA
Within easy reach of the M1 and only 500 metres from Leicester Rail Station, this Premier Inn hotel has free parking, modern family-friendly rooms, a bar and a restaurant. The Premier Inn Leicester City Centre is just half a mile (800 metres) from t..
86-90 Charles Street GB - Leicester LE1 1GE
A 5-minute walk from Leicester Rail Station and the shops and restaurants of the city centre, this hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout. There is a ground-floor bar and bistro restaurant, and multi-storey car parking is available nearby. Rooms at Ramada ..
De Montfort St GB - Leicester LE1 7GR
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In the heart of Leicester, this elegant Victorian townhouse is less than 500 metres from the railway station. The family-run boutique-style hotel offers free parking, stylish en-suite rooms, and unlimited free Wi-Fi powered by The Cloud. The Belmont..
Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby GB - Leicester LE19 1SW
13-21 St Nicholas Pl GB - Leicester LE1 4LD
Glass-fronted restaurant in a stylish hotel. Round dark wood booths and silk drapes create an Oriental feel and there's a relaxed, funky vibe. Refined cooking uses local farm and allotment produce, and is Mediterranean and Asian-led.
27-29 Millstone Ln GB - Leicester LE1 5JN
Set in an interesting, brick-built former shoe factory; the original cast iron girders and pillars still remain. Simple styling, friendly service and a warm, laid-back feel. Unfussy British cooking with some European and Asian influences.
De Montfort St GB - Leicester LE1 7GR
21 Welford Rd GB - Leicester LE2 7AD
Simple, part-panelled restaurant with Indian artefacts on the walls. Appealing South Indian, vegetarian menu with most dishes also suitable for vegans. Tasty, authentic cooking with honest flavours. Good value thalis and buffet lunches.
9 Station St GB - Kibworth Beauchamp LE8 0LN
Deep blue painted building with a crisp white interior decorated with coastal pictures and other nautical knick-knacks; it might have a relaxed atmosphere but the tables are smartly laid. The appealing menu has its emphasis firmly on fresh seafood, o..
41 Halford St GB - Leicester LE1 1TR
Keenly run former warehouse with a smart industrial feel; its floor-to-ceiling windows open onto the pavement. Mix of modern and classic dishes, with influences from Hyderabad, Goa and Bengal. Watch the chefs in the open kitchen.