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Leicester Sights and Landmarks Guide, United Kingdom

The city of Leicester has well over 2000 years of cultural and civil history and there are many sights and attractions to prove it.  For those who are looking for ancient or historical sights, here are some interesting options:

The beautiful Belgrave Hall was built in the Queen Anne style in 1709.  The interior of the home reflects both the Victorian and Edwardian eras.  The park consists of the original gardens which date back to the 1850’s and complimentary modern gardens.

Address: Church Road, Thurcaston Road, Leicester

Phone: 0116 266 6590

The Newarke Houses Museum consists of two Jacobean-style homes.  Exhibits show the social history of Leicester beginning in the 1500’s.

Address: The Newarke, Leicester

Phone: 0116 225 4980

The Guildhall in Leicester is a unique, well-maintained medieval building.  The history of the building gives it international importance.  Visit this sight and see the Mayor’s parlour, the old town library, cells from the 19th century, and civic murals.

Address: Guildhall Lane, Leicester

Phone: 0116 253 2569

Leicester Castle was originally a Saxon stronghold.  It was rebuilt in 1068 by the Normans and was updated and built on to over the next few centuries.  The park contains beautiful gardens.

Address: Guildhall Lane, Leicester

Phone: 0116 253 2569

The Jewry Wall Museum is an amazing piece of history.  Not only is it devoted to archaeological exhibits, but it is housed in a 2,000 year old Roman building.  The building is part of the remains of the Roman baths and is the second largest surviving Roman-era building in the UK. 

Address: St. Nicholas Circle, Leicester

Phone: 0116 225 4971

St. Martin’s Cathedral is a restored 11th century church that was elevated to a cathedral in the early 20th century.

Address: The Cathedral Centre, 21 St. Martin’s, Leicester

Phone: 0116 262 5294

Lord Hastings began construction on Kirby Muxloe Castle in 1480 but was killed in 1483 before it could be finished.  The castle was one of the first to be built from brick and included a courtyard, a gatehouse, towers, a moat, a drawbridge, and living quarters. 

Telephone: 0116 299 8888 (TIC)

Don’t be fooled by the number of historical attractions in Leicester.  The city has some modern cultural sights as well.  These include:

The Guru Nanak Sikh Museum is distinguished as the first registered museum devoted to Sikhism in Europe.  Permanent displays feature models of major shrines, paintings, coins, historic photographs, weaponry, and hand-written manuscripts.  Knowledgeable tour guides are available.

Address: 9 Holy Bones, Leicester

Phone: 0116 262 8606

Leicester’s National Space Center is the largest space attraction in the UK.  The center is complete with interactive discoveries and a forty-two meter rocket tower. 

Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester

Telephone: 0116 261 0261

Bradgate Country Park is a 340 ha woodland and heathland abounding in wildlife. 

Address: Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

Phone: 0116 2362713

The Gorse Hill City Farm lets visitors experience the joys of life on the farm.  Features include a petting zoo and a rare breed gallery.

Address: Anstey Lane, Leicester

Phone: 01162 537 582

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