Looking for things to do in Leicester today, this week or during the holidays? Great news, you are in the right place as we have all of the best attractions and events to keep you and your family entertained.
The guide is broken down into easy to use sections which provide useful information and links to pages with more details or direct to attractions and event websites for easy booking.
So sit back, grab your favourite drink and lets find something new for you to enjoy with or without the kids!
Things to do in Leicester
Perched on the banks of the River Soar and edging the English National Forest, Leicester is a thriving, progressive city with a vibrant immigrant population.
Now the largest city in the East Midlands, Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England with a history going back to pre-Roman times. Once inhabited by Celtic tribes, Leicester became a settlement on the Roman road and the remains of Roman baths can be seen today. The city was later a major centre during the industrial revolution and was linked by the Grand Union Canal to Birmingham and London.
What to do in Leicester
Leicester is a beautiful city with an abundance of Victorian architecture to enjoy as you walk around the city centre. You will find that many of the city centre streets are pedestrianised and if you fancy a little retail therapy, there are plenty of shopping outlets including Europe’s largest covered market, which is a treat for everyone. On the west side of the city you will find the cathedral, castle and numerous medieval churches which are definitely worth a visit.
Leicester’s rich cosmopolitan mix results in a wide range of ethnic foods and cultural events. Leicester is home to many fine Indian restaurants and the city resounds to festivals such as Diwali.
Transport: getting there and getting around
Leicester is very conveniently located on the UK’s main transport arteries, with the M1 motorway providing easy access to and from for visitors by car. The major train lines from Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and London, allow the high-speed trains to reach London in just over an hour. If you are planning on travelling on from London to the continent, you will find easy access to the Eurostar international services at London St Pancras, which is the same station that the trains from Leicester arrive at.
East Midlands Airport is the nearest airport for Leicester and with both premium and low cost options provides domestic most UK major airports, short haul international flights to Frankfurt, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris and even long haul flights to the likes of Mexico, the caribbean and the US.
An extensive bus network operates in and around Leicester.
Mild and wet best describes the English weather and the further north you go, the colder it gets. However, inland temperatures don’t get much below freezing in the winter months of December to February, or much above 30C in summer.
However, the East Midlands tends to have higher rainfall in the summer and less sunshine in winter.
Accommodation: from cheap stays to luxury resorts
Check on the internet for the range, location and cost of hotels in Leicester
What’s on in Leicester
Events: what’s on and what’s hot
- The Comedy Festival, which is the UK’s longest running comedy festival, takes place in February and is a ten day laugh fest.
- The Leicester Early Music Festival is hosted in May, where you can enjoy exhibitions, workshops, concerts, family and dance days and the highly anticipated wine and whisky tastings.
- The Riverside Festival takes place on the first Saturday of June.
- The Caribbean Carnival which takes place in August is full of colour and music.
- Lastly, the International Music Festival is held in September and brings together the best of jazz, world and classical music to the Midlands.