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

Places to visit in Leicestershire

Visit Leicestershire, a county as famous for its battlefields as its Balti. Trace the footsteps of King Richard III to Bosworth Fields and reconstruct the War of the Roses. In Leicester, you can time travel past Saxon cathedrals and medieval guildhalls to space discoveries and shopping malls. There’s also a sizzling golden mile of curry houses to enjoy, and further afield from the city this obsession with food doesn’t change. The county can boast a vast covered market and makes veiny stilton cheese. Leicestershire thinks with its belly. Leicestershire has more than its fair share of water. You can boat canal staircases, scuba-dive in flooded quarries and fish in local reservoirs.

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Hotel Maiyango

Hotel Maiyango is a quirky, original luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and cocktail bar aiming to deliver memorable experiences.

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

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Sample Melton's local produce at rural markets

Discover the market town of Melton Mowbray, close to the Vale of Belvoir, which translated means ‘beautiful view’.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Do your Christmas shopping the Victorian way in Leicestershire

This Christmas, Melton Mowbray town centre goes back in time to offer a traditional Victorian experience at the Victorian Fayre.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Discover the gruesome past of Leicester's Guildhall

One of the oldest civic buildings in the country, Leicester’s Guildhall stands beside Leicester Cathedral and has many gruesome stories to tell.

Location: Leicester

Get lost in the twists and turns of Wistow Maze

Over the summer, pay a visit to the famous Wistow Maze, a versatile puzzle in the English countryside that changes shape each year.

Location: Wistow, Leicestershire

Enjoy a family getaway at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages

The idyllic Upper Rectory Farm Cottages in Leicestershire offers a perfect retreat if you’re looking for a luxurious festive getaway.

Location: Swadlincote, Leicestershire

Rock out at Download Festival

Horn signs at the ready; get set for a weekend of rock as the biggest names in metal take to the stage at Download Festival.

Location: Leicestershire

See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See a history lesson come to life at the Battle of Bosworth Field in Leicestershire, where King Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life.

Location: Near Market Bosworth, 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

August events: Watch Britain's top cyclists race at Leicester Castle Classic

Get close to the action as some of Britain’s top professional cyclists take part in the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Fill your belly on a gourmet getaway in Leicestershire

Try the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, local Stilton cheese, cream tea, ales, wines and sloe gin as part of a delicious countryside break.

Location: Melton Mowbray and the Vale of Belvoir, 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

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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See Britain's finest comedians at Leicester Comedy Festival

Get a glimpse at the future of British comedy at the annual Leicester Comedy Festival.

Location: Leicester

Free-wheeling fun in Leicester & The National Forest

From a city full of fresh cycling ideas, to off-road biking excursions in The National Forest.

Location: Leicester, 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

Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway in Leicester

Explore the sights of Leicester with your loved-one on a city break this winter.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Cocktail mixology masterclasses at Maiyango

The intimate setting of Maiyango is perfect for re-igniting or kindling a romance. Learn how to make your own cocktails with a resident mixologist.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events: Discover Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August for a celebration of culture and tradition full of music, colour and dance.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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