Top Things To Do In Leicester
Leicester, the county town of Leicestershire, is a city alive with attractions that celebrate the old and new. Dating back to the Iron Age, Leicester is among England’s oldest settlements. It occupies a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Soar and is enveloped in verdant countryside. Read on for some top things to do in the city, which are just a short walk or bus ride from our hotel.
Retrace Royal Footsteps
A groundbreaking event occurred here in 2012 when archaeologists unearthed what would later be identified as the remains of King Richard III. Visit the King Richard III Visitor Centre to learn about the discovery and find hands-on exhibits that recount the life of the last monarch of the House of York. The king’s tomb takes pride of place in Leicester Cathedral, a medieval gothic masterpiece erected in the 13th century. Don’t miss the cathedral’s Georgian spire, intricate carvings and stained-glass windows.
More regal history comes to life on self-guided tours of 950-year-old Leicester Castle. Among former esteemed residents are Henry V, Edward IV and Richard III. Take some time out amid the green confines of the riverside Castle Gardens.
Tour Eclectic Museums
Fast-forward to the 19th century and Leicester became a force in the development of science and technology. Get a fascinating insight into this Victorian-era industrial heritage at the Abbey Pumping Station Museum. Visitors of all ages will enjoy educational space-themed exhibits and displays of rockets and satellites at the National Space Centre.
The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is another of Leicester’s top tourist attractions. It features artifacts from Ancient Egypt, dinosaur skeletons, paintings by J.M.W. Turner and much more. Walk through the ages of the city at the Newarke Houses Museum, set inside the rooms of two historic mansions.
Attend a Sporting Event
Sports fans can experience premiere events when staying in the city. Join horseracing enthusiasts for flat and National Hunt races at Leicester Racecourse. Make your race days more memorable by booking a hospitality box with a trackside view. Watch the stars of the Premier League perform at Leicester City F.C.’s home, the King Power Stadium. The Leicester Tigers compete in the Premiership Rugby league at Welford Road Stadium.
Explore the Outdoors
A stay in Leicester isn’t complete without seeing its attractive parks and gardens. Riverside Abbey Park houses a ruined Augustine abbey and has fun activities such as a boating lake and miniature railway. Spot birdlife while following the biking and walking trails that meander around Aylestone Meadows Local Nature Reserve. Both are accessible by foot from the city centre along riverfront pathways. You’ll get a real countryside feel when walking amongst free-roaming peacocks and deer in Bradgate Park.
Enjoy a Day Out
Fancy some retail therapy? High Cross shopping Centre has over 100 stylish shops including Apple and John Lewis - also offering a choice of restaurants, cafés and places to grab a snack. Why not visit the 700-year-old Leicester Market, home to 100-plus food vendors and fashion traders – it’s even played host to The Prince of Wales!
Enjoy a Night Out
Before retreating to your room at The Belmont Hotel you might want to sample the city’s entertainment scene. A short walk from us, The Old Horse pub has been welcoming patrons since the 1800s. Perhaps you’d like to watch a performance at the Curve Theatre, or if music’s your thing – De Montfort Hall know how to put on a show!