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Castle Yard, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
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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.

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Tourist attractions Leicester : Things to see and do

  • St Martin's Cathedral Interesting

    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..

  • Museum and Art Gallery Interesting

    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 Mary de Castro Interesting

    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.

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Hotels Leicester

  • The City Rooms

    Hotel Street GB - Leicester LE1 5AW

    Prix Prices from : 75 £

    Having undergone a careful restoration, this beautiful Georgian Grade I Listed Building now boasts 4 luxurious Boutique hotel suites in the heart of Leicester City Centre. A place for celebration and business, The City Rooms can provide the sett..

  • Premier Inn Leicester City Centre Three stars Three stars Three stars

    1 St Georges Way GB - Leicester LE1 1AA

    Prix Prices from : 48 £

    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..

  • mercure leicester the grand hotel Four stars Four stars Four stars Four stars

    Granby Street GB - LEICESTER LE1 6ES

    Prix Prices from : 54 £

    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 Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel and find the city's Cultural Quarter. Complimentary high speed WiFi is ava..

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Restaurants Leicester

  • Chutney Ivy Comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Mixx Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby GB - Leicester LE19 1SW

  • Shivalli Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Windows on New Walk Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    De Montfort St GB - Leicester LE1 7GR

  • Lighthouse Comfortable and pleasant restaurant 

    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..

  • Boot Room Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Maiyango Comfortable restaurant 

    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.

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