Things to see and do - Leicester
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Leicester Travel guide
Leicester : Michelin's recommendations
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
21 st. artins GB - Leicester LE1 5DE
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..
Guildhall Lane GB - Leicester LE1 5FQ
The oldest part of the Guildhall was built in the 14C and the remainder in the 16C. It was the site of the last stand of the Leicester Parliamentarians during the Civil War. The building contains one of the earliest public libraries in England.
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.
86-90 Charles Street GB - Leicester LE1 1GE
Prix Prices from : 55 £
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 ..
St George's Way GB - LEICESTER LE1 1PL
Prix Prices from : 39 £
Ibis Leicester City is just a short walk from Leicester City Centre, close to the Train Station, Curve Theatre and the Athena. All 94 contemporary guest bedrooms have wireless internet access, TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The Restaurant o..
Granby Street GB - LEICESTER LE1 6ES
Victorian charm meets modern comfort at this 4 star Leicester hotel. A short drive from the National Space Centre, you can also step out from the Mercure Leicester City Hotel and find the city's Cultural Quarter, nightlife and shopping. The 104 rooms..
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..
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.
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.
Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby GB - Leicester LE19 1SW
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.
De Montfort St GB - Leicester LE1 7GR