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Hop on a train to Leicester, and you’ll find the home to one of the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India. Add a huge Caribbean Carnival, and you’ll find that 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.
With various celebrations occurring at all times of year, it’s no surprise that Leicester is a popular destination. CrossCountry run regular services to Leicester from all over the UK, and we’ve listed our most popular below, along with their fastest journey times.
There is just one main train station in the city - Leicester Station.
Leicester station sits directly on the edge of the city centre, in easy reach of Highcross Shopping centre, both universities and numerous dining options.
The nearest airport to Leicester is East Midlands Airport. There is a direct bus service - Skylink - that you can take from the coach station which will drop you at the terminal in approximately 1hr30. Another option is taking a taxi that while much faster, will cost more.
If you have any further questions about Leicester station, check out our station guide.
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. 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 craftsmanship . 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.
As you would expect from a multicultural 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 artisanal picnic. For the quintessential British experience drop by Mrs Bridges Tea Rooms, which has been serving amazing cream teas since 1723.
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 theaters, with exciting programs, scattered across the city, from The Little Theatre to the Phoenix. 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.
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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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