After miraculously winning the English soccer EPL, more international visitors are noticing Leicester. You can easily hire a car from the city’s Airport and explore its amazing surrounds.
Here’s a list of things to see and do in Leicester.
King Power Stadium
Number one on the to do list for soccer fans is a trip to King Power Stadium – the very location where thousands of fans spilled from the stadium and out onto the streets to cheer after Leicester City took out this year’s EPL title. Sign up for a tour of the stadium. You’ll gain VIP access to areas usually reserved for only players and officials.
National Space Centre
Walk the same halls as Buzz Aldrin. See Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman’s spacesuit up close. With six galleries, including the iconic 42 metre high Rocket Tower, you’ll have plenty to keep you enthralled for hours. The centre is also home to the UK’s largest domed planetarium. You can even take part in modules which show you what it’s like to live in space.
Drive 45 minutes north east of Leicester and you’ll find the stunning Belvoir Castle. The majestic castle sits on a 16,000 acre estate and overlooks stunning green countryside. It’s privately owned but from March to September the site is open to the public. Guided tours are offered on limited days, so make sure you book ahead before turning up.
Leicester’s Abbey Park
This popular park is perfect for a relaxing afternoon picnic. It’s also located only a few minutes north of the city centre. On one side of the River Soar you’ll encounter the fascinating Abbey Grounds, which feature the ruins of a seventeenth century mansion and the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey. On the other side is a beautiful lake and decorative Victorian gardens.
Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower
The clock tower was built in 1868 and stands tall and proud over the city, earning its reputation as one of Leicester’s most iconic landmarks. It’s also regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful clock towers. This popular meeting spot sits at the point where five main streets meet. This ornamental structure was mostly built with Ketton stone, and is beautiful to simply stand in front of and admire.