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About Leicester
With a population of 280,000, Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands and the tenth largest in the country.
Welcome to the City of Leicester
Its importance was first recognised by the Romans and later by the Danes, who used it as a strategic stronghold to control the Midlands. Since then it has developed into a major commercial and manufacturing centre, known better for the diversity of its trade than for its dependence on a single industry.
It is also a historic meeting place. For centuries people of different races and cultures have gathered in Leicester, creating a rich and unique heritage. This diversity continues today. The city's thriving ethnic minority community accounts for more than a third of Leicester's population and continues to enrich city life.
If history is an interest, then Leicestershire will delight and inspire you! Discover Roman ruins, majestic castles, haunted medieval buildings, historic events and much more.
Leicester itself is well known as an important Roman settlement, and evidence of this can be seen at the Jewry Wall Museum near the city centre. Take a guided walk around Castle Park, Leicester’s old town, and see the medieval Guildhall, and the Great Hall of Leicester Castle.
In the west of Leicestershire, visit the Battle of Bosworth Visitor Centre, to find out all about the battle that claimed the life of King Richard III. Battle re-enactments and other historic events regularly take place here.
The county boasts many splendid stately homes including the 17th century Stanford Hall and the majestic Belvoir Castle. Medieval jousting festivals are often held at Belvoir, and also at Rockingham Castle near Market Harborough.
Leicestershire is also home to many other exciting attractions. Don’t miss the spectacular National Space Centre in Leicester, with its real rockets and interactive challenges. Kids will enjoy the fun-packed Twinlakes Park near Melton Mowbray, as well as Snibston Discovery Park near Coalville. Twycross Zoo near Market Bosworth is another fantastic family day out, and Conkers at the heart of the National Forest will keep youngsters entertained for hours! You might also like to take a boat trip on the Grand Union Canal, or travel back in time on a steam train at the Great Central Railway.
From tasty local specialities to some of the best curry houses in England, Leicestershire has lots to offer lovers of food and drink.
The county is famous for its delicious Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, which can be sampled at Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton. This is also the place to find traditional Melton Hunt Cake and creamy Stilton cheese. Other local produce includes wines from the Welland Valley Vineyard near Market Harborough, fruity cordials from the Belvoir Castle estate and real ale from many local breweries.
If you’re looking to eat out, then you’ll be spoilt for choice. Discover everything from traditional country pubs, nestling in small villages off the beaten track, to top class restaurants serving award winning cuisine. Head for Leicester’s Belgrave Road and enjoy delicious Asian food, or visit the local grocery stores and buy the ingredients yourself!
Leicester itself boasts a wide range of venues for all types of entertainment. With live music at De Montfort Hall, drama productions at the Haymarket Theatre, films at the Phoenix and comedy at Jongleurs, there’s plenty to choose from! In the county, Loughborough Town Hall is a major arts and music venue, whilst Melton Mowbray, Market Harborough, Hinckley and Coalville all have their own theatres.
Festivals are a big feature of Leicestershire life too. Highlights of the year include the Leicester Comedy Festival, the bizarre Hallaton Bottle Kicking Contest; the Caribbean Carnival, the Battle of Bosworth Re-enactment and Leicester’s famous Diwali celebrations.
Whether you’re looking for bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants or live entertainment, Leicestershire boasts a diverse and thriving nightlife.
The bright lights of the city offers every type of eating and drinking experience from cosy and kitsch café bars to top curry houses and award winning restaurants. Sip a glass of bubbly in a stylish champagne bar, enjoy a tasty Asian meal on Belgrave Road, or sample spicy dishes at a Spanish tapas restaurant.
If you’re still buzzing after 11pm, then don’t despair! Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, the city has both mellow venues and glitz and glamour. Top UK DJ’s often feature on the city’s clubbing agenda, which provides a varied mix of retro funk, trance, indie, pop, garage and R&B.
Alternatively you may prefer a more laid back evening, relaxing by a roaring log fire in a village pub, or enjoying a play at the theatre. Leicester and the main county towns can offer lots of entertainment options, including music, dance, drama and comedy.

Source: www.visitleicestershire.com
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