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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
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, Stanley Spencer, Laura Knight and L.S. Lowry and the country's largest collection of German Expressionist works.
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.
De Montfort St GB - Leicester LE1 7GR
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..
St George's Way GB - LEICESTER LE1 1PL
Prix Prices from : 48 £
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..
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 modern family-friendly rooms, a bar and a restaurant. The Premier Inn Leicester City Centre is just half a mile (800 metres) from the Highcross S..
21 Welford Rd GB - LE2 7AD Leicester
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 - LE19 1SW Leicester
13-21 St. Nicholas Place GB - LE1 4LD Leicester
A 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. Modern dishes feature Indian spices and have global influences. Two tasting menus available.
26-29 Millstone Ln GB - LE1 5JN Leicester
Set in a 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 European influences; good value lunches.
9 Station St GB - LE8 0LN Leicester
Personally run restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and a crisp white interior decorated with coastal pictures and other nautical knick-knacks. The appealing menu has its emphasis firmly on fresh seafood, offering everything from fish and chips to lo..
88 Main St GB - LE8 0NQ Kibworth Harcourt
Buzzy, laid-back Italian restaurant with a sunny terrace; formerly a pub, it has a central bar and dining on 3 levels. Extensive selection of seasonally inspired dishes; flavours are bold and portions, large. Satisfyingly affordable wines.
41 Halford St GB - LE1 1TR Leicester
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.