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Things to do in Leicestershire

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Nottingham Castle, a castle in Nottingham, England, is located in a commanding position on a natural promontory known as "Castle Rock", with cliffs 130 feet high to the south and west. In the Middle Ages, it was a major royal fortress and occasional royal residence.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The National Space Centre is a museum and educational resource covering the fields of space science and astronomy, along with a space research programme in partnership with the University of Leicester. It is located on the north side the city of Leicester, England, next to the River Soar. Many of the exhibits, including upright rockets, are housed in a tower with minimal steel supports and a semi-transparent cladding of ETFE 'pillows' which has become one of Leicester's most recognisable landmarks.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“ Leicester's main shopping mall, 5 Shires Lane, Leicester LE1 4AN. 6 minute walk or a 6 minute drive from Charles street. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
History Museum
“mmerse yourself in the incredible story of the last English king to die in battle and the first to be DNA tested. Turn detective and travel back through time to uncover the plot lines, birth rights and family connections that combined to create an intricate story of medieval murder, mystery and mayhem. As you unravel the facts about the Wars of The Roses, you can find out how Richard rose to power and decide for yourself what really happened to the Princes in the Tower… Get caught in the middle of the Battle of Bosworth – feel the rumble of soldiers and the thunder of hooves as the Plantagenets and Tudors battle it out and where the King is cut down as he defends his crown. Fast-forward over 500 years to a car park in Leicester city centre where the amazing evidence-gathering that resulted in the discovery of the long-lost remains of King Richard III is revealed. Be inspired by the forensic science behind the identification of the remains and explore the techniques used to prove it was the lost king. In final homage to England’s last warrior king, you can see for yourself the very spot where King Richard III remained undiscovered for so long…”
  • 37 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“One of the largest man made lakes in Europe, and the largest in England (by surface area). Set in over 3,000 acres of beautiful rolling countryside there are plenty of activities found around and on the water for families, couples and individuals wishing to explore. Water Sports, Nature Reserves, Sporting Events, Cycling, Fishing & Walking Facilities Look out for the Rutland Belle and take a visitors tour across the water from April until the end of October.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“This famous international cricket ground is only a bus ride away from THE CABIN (almost door to door). If there is an international match, you will have a rewarding day out here. It would be beneficial to pre-book your visit either by phone or on the internet.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Theatre in the heart of Leicester, worth taking a look at what’s on during your visit.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Conference Room
“Coventry cathedral has a lot of history behind it. The cathedral now stands as ruins and the history of Coventry blitz remains. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful Deer Park with some splendid walks spectacular views a visitor centre and a cafe. Once home of Lady Jane Grey.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Theatre
“Situated in the heart of Nottingham, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall are two of the UK’s most vibrant and thriving touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region. Across both venues, they create and receive the highest quality performances chosen especially for you, including internationally renowned orchestras, contemporary dance, opera and touring drama alongside West End musicals, family shows, stand-up comedy, orchestral music and rock & pop gigs. Rooted firmly in the community, they aim to entertain, inspire and create unforgettable experiences for everyone and place accessibility at the heart of everything they do. With a wide range of workshops and education projects involving the local community, there really is something here for everyone. Royal Concert Hall - Built in 1982 on the site of the old Empire Theatre, the Royal Concert Hall is highly regarded for its superb visual and acoustic design. Since then, the roll call of famous names to have performed on its stage ranges from world-renowned classical soloists and conductors, to a who’s who of the world’s biggest rock stars, pop bands and stand-up comedians. The unique acoustics of the 2,257-seat auditorium provide a warmth and clarity of sound much admired by orchestras and performers from across the globe. Theatre Royal - Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal is not only a city centre landmark but also one of the most beautiful Victorian theatres in Britain. Built in 1865 and later transformed in 1897 by renowned architect Frank Matcham, the theatre is considered to be one of the most spectacular surviving examples of Matcham’s work. In 1978, the Theatre Royal re-opened following a £5million refurbishment, whilst today the timeless beauty of the 1,107-seat auditorium remains a vital and much-cherished part of our community.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature
“Woolaton Hall and Park are Nottingham's number 1 attraction especially during the refurbishment of Nottingham castle. The park is home to a boating lake, deer, and coppices. There is a golf course that is quite challenging. The Hall was also used as Bruce manor for the filming of the Batman trilogy.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Museum
“A fabulous collection of road transport from early bicycles made in coventry through motorbikes cars trucks busses land speed record holder. well worth a visit. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Come and explore the National Justice Museum's full range of exhibitions, meet characters from history and take part in their wide range of fun, interactive activities available. Characters, activities, exhibitions and courtroom performances will change throughout the year so there is always something new to discover. Their admission price entitles you to entry throughout the entire day so you can make the most of your visit. They also have some free exhibitions open to the public all day every day.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Campground
“Well known for its water sports such as sailing, kayaking, rowing and white water rafting. Its only 3 miles from the city, has plenty parking and also ideal for a walk and fresh air.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Art Museum
“They change the exhibits quite often which is good so there is always something a bit different to see”
  • 16 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Some of you may recognise this as Batman’s house, and it is commensurately impressive with beautiful architecture and surrounded by Wollaton Deer Park. The deer roam free here so you can walk right up to them with no fence in between. Please keep in mind they are wild animals and it isn’t a petting zoo, but they are truest amazing to spend time with. There is at least one festival here every year, ‘Splendour’ that’s family friendly and is a good day of music.”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“After a visit to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem you'll soon understand why this pub has survived the centuries to become a treasure of Nottingham past and present. As England's oldest inn, the pub is nestled beneath the cliff on which Nottingham's historic castle stands, and was once a well-known pit stop for crusader knights. It is said that King Richard the Lionheart and his men are more than likely to have gathered at this historic royal dwelling before journeying to Jerusalem in 1189AD, thus giving the pub its unusual name. Something of a cross between an inn and a museum,​​​​​ the pub features several bars, cosy nooks and snug lounges filled with curiosities and relics of Nottingham's history. You can enjoy a delicious pub meal everyday between 11am and 10pm in the Rock Bar, where you can warm up next to the fire in Yorkie's Lounge, or enjoy the expansive garden area when the weather is pleasant. Beneath the pub, cave cellars root deep into the sandstone cliff and, like many of Nottingham's 800+ caves, have for centuries been used for storage of ale. Also located in the cellars is an old cockfighting pit and part of the Castle Gaol was said to be housed in the cellars at one time. This included the condemned cell, a small cell with a very low ceiling with small holes drilled to allow a little air to flow through. The Gaoler would have sat just outside the cells on the ‘Gaoler’s Chair’ which was etched out of the rock and can still be seen today. Whether you are simply after a refreshment while you drink in the history of Nottingham, or are looking to sample some choicest fayre as you contemplate the wealth of heritage around you, you will find a cosy nook, lounge or bar room at The Trip to suit your needs. So come along, take a step back in time and soak up this piece of England’s colourful, and sometimes bloody, past!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“A fab place for coffee &/or cake or lunch in the daytime and it becomes a busy bar in the evening. Has outside space with the sun on it from noon onwards.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“A Church converted into a pub and restaurant. Worth taking a look even if you don't buy a drink.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great bar with amazing cocktails and on friday and saturday is where you find the trendy, the celebs and the more refined party goer. Friday nights are much better as the DJ's really good”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“The food is alright here, but the drinks are my favourite bit about this place. I don't drink alcohol very often and they do great mock-tails at a great price! Also the interior is great and they have a variety of different rooms to eat and drink in, it's down a hidden alley way which is also always very cool! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Not like any other burger, American style feel and you won't leave Annie's feeling hungry!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pizza Cravings - you know what to do, but don't forget to download the app - no one ever pays full price on our watch! ( unless it's Saturday!) ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“LOCAL 'Launched in 2010, escabeche is a tapas bar and restaurant. we specialise in freshly cooked tapas to order and our menu and design are inspired by our 15 year relationship with Barcelona. We are open all day from breakfast through to dinner.' Opening times Sun - Mon 10am-10.30pm (kitchen closes 9pm) Tues - Sat 10am-11pm (kitchen closes 10pm).”
  • 3 locals recommend

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