Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is an area rich in culture, heritage, and leisure activities. Often described as the heart of rural England, here you can find beautiful country villages, nature reserves, historic ruins and a popular cosmopolitan city centre.
There’s something for all the family here in Leicestershire. Twycross Zoo, Twinlakes Park and the National Space Centre are all on your doorstep, ideal for entertaining kids of all ages (adults too!). Leicestershire is home to many country parks – such as Beacon Hill, Watermead Country Park and Bradgate Park (where you can visit the historical ruins of one of England’s earliest Tudor mansions), with the National Forest just a short journey away. The city is also rich in history, with Roman ruins, majestic castles such as Belvoir, historic sites such as Bosworth Battlefield, and the King Richard III visitor centre.
Being such a culturally diverse location, Leicestershire boasts a massive range of events throughout the year, including the City Festival, Leicester Mela and Caribbean Carnival, as well as Leicester Pride.
Sports fans will be happy, with Leicestershire being home to Premier League winners Leicester City FC, alongside top rugby union team Leicester Tigers RFC. Other sports are also widely played and celebrated throughout Leicestershire and Rutland, with Leicester Riders, Leicester Lions Speedway, Leicester Falcons AFC, the Leicestershire Cricket team and many more teams representing the city.
Leicester has also been named as one of the country’s top property hotspots in the last year, with a vibrant housing market and an average house price of £162,000 (February 2017). Leicestershire and Rutland also have a lot to offer, with Blaby village placed in the top 5 of places to live in the UK for people in their 20’s, according to TV show UK’s Best Place to Live (March 2017).
Leicester also boasts excellent transport links from several bus companies, plus a large train station serving many minor lines and several major lines, including London, Sheffield and Birmingham. East Midlands Airport is just 19 miles from the city centre and flies direct to many major cities, including Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Major airports are not far away, with Birmingham International just one hour away by car, and Heathrow just over 2 hours away.
Leicester City centre has a lot to offer. Shoppers can enjoy Highcross which includes a range of high street stores and food chains alongside a large cinema, whilst the historic St Martins and Leicester Lanes are just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, featuring many individual shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Nightlife is also widely enjoyed in Leicester, with a great live music scene at smaller venues such as Firebug and The Shed sitting alongside the O2 Academy and De Montfort Hall, which host a wide range of music and comedy acts, previously including acts such as Oasis and Radiohead. There’s also a plethora of nightclubs, cocktail jaunts and cosy pubs, meaning everyone will find something to enjoy.