Sample the best of Leicester before heading to the match

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Extend your Rugby World Cup visit to Leicester and discover this East Midlands city’s history, shopping, outdoor pursuits, culture and top notch curry.

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After the game get your taste buds tingling and follow the ‘Golden Mile,’ just north of the city centre, for a melting pot of award-winning restaurants serving curries and other spicy goodies.

For a great day out, solar systems are waiting to be visited and galaxies explored at the National Space Centre, find out about dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, Picasso and local culture at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and teens can twist and turn on rollercoasters while pre-school kids meet big cats and monkeys in the zoo at Drayton Manor.

For shopping you simply can’t miss vast Highcross Leicester shopping mall with its shiny, mirrored façade, or visit Leicester Lanes and St Martin’s Square for its trendy boutiques and independent shops. Head to the historic 700-year-old Leicester Market, the UK’s biggest covered market, where you will find stalls selling exotic fruits, fabrics and jewellery, or you can browse antiques, local produce and art in the busy markets and independent shops of the market towns Ashby de la Zouch, Loughborough, Market Harborough and Melton Mowbray.

Discover where Richard III fought and lost his life in the battle of the War of the Roses, with a visit to Bosworth Battlefield, and at Snibston Discovery Centre you can explore 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on modern-day lives, from the earliest mining tools and a prototype jet engine to the largest fashion display outside London.

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