Leicester

Leicester

Leicester

 Leicester and its majestic sunrise, Leicestershure, England

Leicester

A vibrant, diverse and colourful city, Leicester is home to the National Space Centre, the remains of a king and three universities.

Getting here

Situated in the heart of England, Leicester’s central Midlands location makes it accessible from all directions with all modes of transport. 

BY PLANE

The airports closest to Leicester are East Midlands Airport (20 miles from the city centre) and Birmingham International Airport (37 miles). Each year, 13 million passengers arrive at Birmingham International Airport from 143 international destinations with 50 different airlines.

BY TRAIN

Leicester lies on the London to Sheffield and the Birmingham to Peterborough train lines. It takes just 66 minutes to arrive in Leicester on a direct train from London, St Pancras.

BY CAR

The M1 motorway, junction 21 or 22, provides good access to Leicester and the surrounding area. The M69 and M6 also offer easy access from the rest of the UK.

Expertise

Space technologies

Every year since 1967, a Leicester-built instrument has operated in space. Home to the iconic National Space Centre and world-leading space research at three major universities, the area has a cluster of space technology companies and major new developments that place it at the heart of future opportunities in the space sector. 

Research scientists at the University of Leicester have a long and distinguished record of discovery in space science. Their work includes x-ray and observational astronomy, radio and space plasma physics (including space weather) and planetary science and instrumentation development.

A £100 million Space Park for research and technology companies will provide 2,500 jobs when it opens in July 2021.

 

Food & drink manufacturing

Leicester boasts the world’s largest crisps factory, producing 60 million bags each week for Walkers. The city also produces Red Leicester and Stilton cheese, plus Melton Mowbray pork pies. There’s 135 food and drink manufacturing businesses in the region, employing over 12,600 employees. Other specialisms include soft drinks, prepared meals, bakery, confectionery and snacks.

   

Logistics

The area around Leicestershire and neighbouring counties is known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ which represents the largest concentration of logistics operations in the UK. 

It is the optimum location for moving goods around Britain, given its multi-modal hubs, proximity to key ports and three-hour HGV drive-time to a significant proportion of the UK population. 

East Midlands Airport is Britain’s largest pure cargo airport and national hub for DHL, TNT, UPS and Royal Mail.

Where to stay

The county of Leicestershire has over 7,000 bedrooms available while the city of Leicester alone has 1,500 bedrooms -  from modern hotels, university accommodation and country houses.

 

Venues

With a choice of over 50 fantastic venues, from private country homes to large country house estates, bespoke city centre event venues to some truly one-of-a-kind locations, Leicester has something to suit every event.

National Space Centre
Imago Venues
Athena
Kilworth House

Incentives

From a night at the opera to outdoor pursuits and unravelling the mystery of a royal skeleton buried in a Leicester car-park, treat groups to a memorable incentive in the midlands.

Nevill Holt Opera
Belvoir Castle
Stapleford Country House Hotel Park & Sporting Estate
Unravel the mystery of King Richard III

Dining & social

Caribbean Carnival
Leicester Comedy Festival
Taste of Leicestershire

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