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Home to one of the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India, and a huge Carribean Carnival, Leicester really is a melting pot of people and cultures. There’s always something going on with a wide variety of culturally diverse festivals and events held regularly across the city. Whether you’re looking for retail therapy, to expand your mind at the space centre, or feast on world class dishes from around the globe, Leicester has something for everyone.

How far is the city centre?

Leicester Station is conveniently located a quick stroll from the city centre meaning you’ll be able to get to all the main attractions easily!

Buildings surround a pool of water in Leicester.

Shopping

Leicester is the perfect destination if you’re looking to shop until you drop – with a great range of shopping malls, pedestrianised streets, and markets. Highcross has all your favourite high street shops under one roof, and should you need to fuel up after a long day of retail therapy there are over 40 cafés and restaurants to choose from leaving you spoiled for choice. For some truly unique independents head over to The Lanes, a tangle of winding cobbled streets teeming with trendy boutiques, vintage stores, and unusual shops showcasing local craftmanship. You’re also never far from a café, pub or tea room making it the perfect place to spend the day. Visit Belgrave Road to discover delicate Indian jewellery and colourful clothing.

Food & Drink

As you would expect from a multiculural city like Leicester, the world is your oyster when it comes to places to eat in the city. As a former holder of the UK Curry Capital title, you’re never far from a quality curry. The Golden Mile is a hub for curry lovers, Bobby’s is a local favourite, or try Kerala seafood specials at Kayal, conveniently located right in the heart of the city. There’s also plenty of traditional British grub on offer, as you might expect from a city that is home to both Red Leicester and Stilton cheeses. Why not head to Leicester’s famous fruit and veg market, where the food hall is a treasure trove when it comes to buying the perfect goodies for an artisinal picnic. For the quintissential British experience drop by Mrs Bridges Tea Rooms, which has been serving amazing cream teas since 1723.

Culture

The compact city of Leicester is a haven for culture vultures, and thanks to its small size, you can really pack your days full of fun activities. Leicester is known as the city which launched Richard Attenbrough’s acting career, and so it’s not surprising that there are some really amazing theatres, with exciting programs, scattered across the city, from The Little Theatre to the Pheonix. Those passionate about art, will also find lots to explore. If you prefer your paintings a little more traditional head to the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery with its collection of Victorian Masters. However, if boundry-pushing contemporary pieces are more your thing, then you need to visit the Attenborough Arts Centre with its inspiring exhibitions and fascinating programme of events.

Does Leicester Station have step-free access?

Leicester station has step free access throughout. Accessible ticket machines and ticket office counters can also be found in the main concourse.

Onward travel

Leicester Station is well connected with regular buses linking the station with the wider city. A taxi rank is also available at the station. 

More questions?

If you have any further questions about Leicester Station check out our station guide.

Catching a train to Leicester

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If you want to explore Leicester and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Leicester before you arrive.

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