A cyclist in the Vale of Belvoir. Pool of sunlight and overhanging trees, Leicestershire, England.

Places to visit in Leicestershire

Visit Leicestershire, a county with over 2,000 years of history where you are guaranteed a traditional taste of England and a landscape perfect for gentle adventures or active escapes. Discover the place where tourism began and unravel the mystery of King Richard III – the last Plantagenet King of England. Sample the specialty cheese and pies that Leicestershire is famous for, or head to Leicester’s Golden Mile for aromatic flavours from the sub-Indian continent. Escape to the outdoors, journeying along over 70 miles of waterways and exploring the vast National Forest. Take to the trails on two wheels, kayak to the pub or discover an incredible underwater world at the UK’s National Diving Centre. In Leicester, step back in time as you wander the ancient lanes, meandering past the medieval Guildhall and historic cathedral. Explore the universe at the National Space Centre and be immersed in the city’s vibrant street art scene.

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October events: Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on, or join in with a wealth of activities and celebrations leading up to the epic finale on Diwali Day.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Blast off to the National Space Centre

From astronauts to rocket towers, satellites and meteorites, there is plenty of space to explore at this fun, family-friendly attraction.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Where would you expect to see a sheep duo, rock character, miniature train and fairy castle, all carefully carved out of wood?

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

 

Celebrate your adventurous side at Avalanche Adventure

Are you one of those people who like their challenges a little off the beaten track?

Location: Market Harborough, Leicestershire

 

Re-live the Age of Steam at Great Central Railway

Make your childhood dreams come true by driving a steam locomotive train, or sit back and travel in comfort.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

 

Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe featured Ashby Castle as the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

 

Distill your own Gin at 45 Gin School

Have you ever wondered what goes into making the gin in your favourite G&T drink or cocktail?

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

October events: Sample local delights at the East Midlands Food Festival

The East Midlands Food Festival in Melton Mowbray is one of the largest regional food festivals in the country. Running for over 15 years, lots of loyal and new visitors can enjoy edible delights from some of the country’s finest producers, many from the East Midlands.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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