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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
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
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.
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.
Granby Street GB - LEICESTER LE1 6ES
Victorian charm meets modern style at this 4-star Leicester hotel. A short drive from the National Space Centre and a short walk from the King Richard III Visitor Centre, Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel is located in the centre of the city. Complim..
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..
86-90 Charles Street GB - Leicester LE1 1GE
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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 ..
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..
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.
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.
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.
Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby GB - LE19 1SW Leicester