Leicestershire in England’s East Midlands is a beautiful county with plenty to explore, from bustling market towns and historic sites to rolling countryside and lush forest.
The county is home to a range of vibrant villages, towns and cities: Barrow upon Soar is known for its riverbank lined with colourful houseboats; the university town of Loughborough has several museums as well as the start of the UK’s last mainline heritage railway; Melton Mowbray is a must for foodies with its famous pork pies and stilton cheese, and a plethora of traditional English pubs; and Market Harborough is home to the 14th century St. Dionysius Parish Church known for its 160-foot spire and beautiful architecture and design.
Moreover, the county’s capital Leicester is a unique city offering the perfect blend of old and new. It boasts ancient ruins like the Jewry Wall and an 800-year-old marketplace, contrasted by modern restaurants, live music venues, and top museums like the National Space Centre.
With over 2000 years of history, the county is home to various historical sites. These include the castles of Ashby de la Zouch, Rockingham and Elvaston, the Iron Age hill forts of Breedon and Burrough Hills, and the excavated Roman town of Ratae in the heart of Leicester. Leicester is also the final resting place of King Richard III, whose remains were famously discovered in a car park in 2012 and are now interred in Leicester Cathedral.
Lovers of the outdoors will find plenty of unspoiled countryside to explore. The National Forest covers 200 square miles of the Midlands and includes the ancient forest of Charnwood. The area is known for woodland walking, cycling, rock climbing, and hiking.
The region also has over 70 miles of waterways ideal for fishing, kayaking, rowing, and sailing. The county is also home to Rutland Water, one of Europe’s largest artificial lakes, with a nature reserve and a bird-watching centre.
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- Bustling market towns and vibrant cities
- Sprawling meadows covered in bluebells
- Ancient ruins and historic buildings
- Kayak along the calm waterways
- Enjoy a traditional pub lunch or a modern gastronomic feast
- Visit the National Space Centre in Leicester to explore the universe