Travel to Leicester - tourist guide

machinery at the abbey pumping stationThe City of Leicester dates back to Roman times and has many historical sites. But it also has some of the most up to date places of interest, such as the National Space Centre.

Visitor attractions

Museums | Parks | Outdoors |

There are many things to see and do in the City of Leicester and in the towns of Leicestershire. History, beautiful countryside, the National Forest, waterways, Universities - it's in the centre of England and is a feast of opportunties for the holiday maker.

When in Leicester visit ...

view of the national space centre with the tower housing saturn rockets view of the inside of the national space centre

The National Space Centre - Leicester's famous exhibition of space and space travel.

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is a gateway to the National Forest and has become one of the Midlands favourite family destinations. It is open 364 days a year and attracts over 475,000 visitors a year.

The Zoo was founded in 1963 and became a Registered Charity in 1972. Initially a comparatively modest collection, it has grown to become the world’s largest collection of primate species.

Twycross Zoo has the only breeding group of Bonobos in the UK, which have 99.6 % similar DNA to humans. The latest new exhibit, which was opened by Miss Elizabeth Hurley, is the South American Tropical House, a sensory experience where you can immerse yourself in the majesty of the rainforest.

Adult price £8.00 child (3-14) £4.50 Senior Citizens £5.50 - these admission prices will change 1st January 2006


Tel +44 (0)1827 880250 & 880440
Fax +44 (0)1827 880700

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roman remains at the jewry wall museumMuseums

Find out about Leicester City Museums

Leicester has a long history and its foundation can be traced back to Roman times. The remains of a roman building can be seen in the grounds of the Jewry Wall Museum. In the museum itself there are displays of the artifacts that have been found by archeological digs in Leicester.

Belgrave Hall

Visit the Queen Anne Hall and its beautiful surroundings. Not far from the centre of city, it is served bus a regular bus service.

photo of the garden at Belgrave HallFind out more about Belgrave hall


Main Parks in the city

Main parks in the County

Victoria Park - City

Abbey Park - City

Bradgate Park - outside City

Beacon Hill Country Park

Bosworth Battlefield

Watermead Country Park

Other outdoor attractions

The National Forest

The National Forest is a forest in the making: a place of 200 square miles spanning three counties in the English Midlands whose physical creation can now be witnessed and enjoyed. The National Forest is for the nation: welcoming to visitors and home to local people, all of whom can participate in its development as part of the nation's future heritage.

Canals and rivers

The Grand Union Canal runs through the heart of Leicester - find out about boats and navigation on our waterways page.


Visit Leicestershire is the official tourist information site for the UK city of Leicester and the county of Leicestershire.

The City Council has an Out and About Guide

Leicestershire - the official online guide to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

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