Leicester City Guide
Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands and the
tenth largest in the country. A truly vibrant city, Leicester
is the place to enjoy leading edge comedy, theatre and the
arts. Ranging from the nationally renowned Haymarket Theatre
to the Phoenix Arts complex, or one of the many smaller venues
throughout the City, you'll find something to suit your mood.
In Leicester you can enjoy Leicester's historical and cultural
heritage by visiting our museums, view the elegance of the
Victorian Gallery at New Walk Museum, the rural surrounds
of the Old Stables at Belgrave Hall, the intimacy of Wygstons
Gallery at the Costume Museum or the magnificence of the
Great Hall at The Guildhall.
Explore the richness of Victorian art, different techniques
such as colour and texture, the largest collection of German
Expressionist art outside of Germany and decorative art
from around the world are found here in the New Walk Museum.
Why not soak up the atmosphere in some of the City's many
pubs and clubs. Or savour the diverse range of superb international
cuisine in the City. You will surely be amazed!
You can also watch top class sport, Leicester Sport offers
a comprehensive range of major and minor indoor and outdoor
sports including swimming, fitness suites, Golf, badminton,
circuit training, sauna, disabled sessions, after school
and holiday activities.
Loseby Lane is one of the winding thoroughfares of the
old Medieval town. Facing the main entrance to an ultra-modern
shopping mall, it runs up towards the Markets area. It contains
a variety of speciality shops, tea rooms and, reputedly,
the oldest pub in Leicester - the Fourpence and Firkin.
It is one of the several historic streets in the area which
surrounds the award-winning St Martins Square.
For the avid shoppers, visit the renovated Silver Arcade,
a three tiered, glass domed Victorian arcade. It is one
of several around the market area. Along with the neighbouring
Malcolm and Odeon arcades, it contains independent shops
ranging from antiques to alternative fashion.
The Clock Tower, at one end of the Haymarket block, is
situated at the center of the modern pedestrianised shopping
center. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Leicester,
has a statue of Simon De Montfort, founder of the English
Parliament, who also gave his name to the city's concert
At the heart of the modern town is the market square which
contains Europes's largest covered market and a large open
air market. The vast range of produce from the all over
the world would however come as something of a surprise.
Leicester is a multi-cultural city, and its cultural mix
provides exciting opportunities to sample a huge variety
of sumptuous cuisines. The city excels in authentic Indian
restaurants but also offers truly cosmopolitan dining, sometimes
with live music.