Wallace & Gromit Guide to Leicester
Mix city pleasures with rural pleasures with a short break in Leicester – home to a range of riveting attractions and some cracking doggie days out...
amed for its cheese and its National Space Centre, the city of Leicester must be one of Wallace & Gromit's dream destinations. This buzzing cosmopolis, nestling in the English Midlands, is also just a stick’s throw from Hinckley, birthplace of the world-famous Triumph motorcycle, a fact which is sure to fire up our travelling-twosome’s fancy.
And with plenty of wide open spaces for walkies of the earth-bound kind and a heritage railway which welcomes four-footed passengers, it’s a great place to set out on your own Wallace & Gromit adventure.
"Remarkable city, Leicester. It’s home to one of my favourite cheeses, you know – Red Leicester, of course – and then there’s the National Space Centre. We could have saved ourselves fortune on that trip to the moon, lad, if only we’d picked up one of their leaflets. It’s full of history too – did you know they recently found the body of Richard III which has been in a car park for over five hundred years? I hate to think how much his parking ticket was, eh Gromit!" - Wallace
Cracking things to see and do
Space aficionados can find out if the moon really is made of cheese at the National Space Centre *. With six interactive galleries packed with hands-on challenges, a thrilling 3-D space ride and the largest planetarium in the country, it’s guaranteed to provide an out-of-this-world experience. Shuttle-launching Wallaces will particularly enjoy the Rocket Tower with its real rockets and moon rock – there’s even a doggy spacesuit!
Back down to earth, you can both enjoy wide open spaces of a different kind at Bradgate Country Park , where you can scamper up to Old John’s Folly and drink in the far-reaching views – don’t forget the Red Leicester for the picnic! Or indulge your mutual railway passions with a 10-mile steam trip on the Great Central Railway , a crackingly nostalgic way to travel through the Leicestershire countryside.
Gromit-friendly places to stay
You and your travelling tyke will sleep well at Sysonby Knoll Hotel . Not only will you find a water bowl waiting and a garden for a doggy runaround, this luxury hotel’s also set in the market town of Melton Mowbray, famed for its Stilton cheese and pork pies and the starting point for miles of waggy-tailed walks.
Rural pleasures also await at the friendly Bryn Barn B&B and Dairy Farm B&B . Alternatively enjoy a luxury chalet break or a night under canvas with your best bud at Brook Meadow , the perfect place for you both to savour the great outdoors.
Time for tea
Say cheese! It’s smiles all round for cheese lovers with a visit to the Melton Cheeseboard in Melton Mowbray. With over 120 different varieties, you’ll find the largest range of cheeses in the county here, including a cracking Stilton from the nearby Long Clawson Dairy. Combine your visit with a browse around the farmers' market .
For classic afternoon tea infused with elegance head for Kilworth House Hotel or Stapleford Park . Or for a Fido-friendly meal, the Foxton Locks offers an un-fur-gettable spot with its heated terrace overlooking the locks on the Grand Union Canal.
* Sorry, no dogs.
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