This post was most recently updated on February 13th, 2017
Leicestershire, a landlocked country in the English Midlands, is one of the most diverse in England because of the choices it offers in activities, places to visit, cultures, and architecture.
10 Best Places to Visit in Leicestershire England
1. National Space Center
National Space Center takes you on an immersive, interactive space odyssey where you learn about celestial objects and phenomena in an easy to understand fashion in a simulated environment. It offers a 360º media experience that makes your experience believable and pleasant.
2. Bradgate Park
Bradgate Park is a public park which is spread over 850 acres in Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire. It has Cropston Reservoir, the Old Jon folly which is believed to have been dedicated as a memorial to Sir John Grey, one of the previous owners of the property, a deer park and a war memorial. The park is also relevant from the perspective of paleontology and houses a number of important fossils and rocks.
3. Great Central Railway
It is the only heritage railway line in the UK which has a two-track broad gauge line and where full sized steam engines can pass side by side. Trains run on steam are still operated between Leicester and Loughborough on weekends and select holidays every year. You can also try out the five-course meal available in first class restaurant cars operated by the railway services.
4. Curve Theatre
Curve Theatre is one of the most modern architectures and theatres in the country and is situated at the center of the “Cultural Quarter”. It has an auditorium with a capacity of 902 and an adjacent studio which can sit 350 spectators and has its own flying system. The theatre has hosted some of the top names from the cultural field and is known to nurture new talents.
5. King Richard III Visitor Center
There are very few museums that trace the incredible story of discovery of remains of a king. This place tells the story of the search and unconfirmed discovery of Richard III, a former king of England. The visitor center has been built partly on a property vacated by a school named Alderman Newton’s school. It uses latest technologies, quaint architecture and state-of-the-art facilities to revive the story of the life, death and discovery of King Richard III.
6. Twinlakes Park
Twinlakes Park is a sprawling outdoor games and indoor activity zone where you can enjoy a number of rides with your family. It is spread over 70 acres and has a spate water park for water sports and rides. There are gift shops, refreshment centers and children welcome and activity centers to keep your little ones engaged while you experience some adrenaline rush.
7. Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Center and Country Park
The Bosworth Battlefield Center is ideal for families and school children who want to go on a journey back in history to the battle which proved to be a watershed moment in the country’s history when King Richard III was defeated and killed by Henry Tudor, laying the foundation stones for the rule of the powerful Tudor dynasty. A day at the Bosworth could be life changing. Don’t miss it.
Stoneywell is a national trust property which was the largest and the most famous among a group of cottages built by Arts and Crafts style master craftsman Ernest Gimson who built it in 1899 for his brother Sydney as a summer residence. It has beautiful furniture, blends beautifully with the natural landscape, stands on a slope and has a wild, lush green forest, more by design and deliberate intention than lack of maintenance.
9. Witham Villa Riding Center
If you want to own a stable and keep horses and ponies, you would find the Witham Villa Riding Centre very useful because it offers training courses where you are not only taught how to ride but also how to dress properly yourself while riding and take care of a stable. You could choose from non-residential and residential courses and pupils as young as 4 are given entry into the club.
10. University of Leicester, Botanic Garden
The University of Leicester, Botanic Garden spread over 16 acres houses trees and plants of different genes and species and is used for research and teaching purposes by the university’s genetics department. It is open to public and is ideal for photography and outing. It is also used for plant sales, art exhibitions and other public events.