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The National Space Centre is a spectacular and successful attempt to bring space science to us ordinary mortals. Interactive displays cover cosmic myths, the history of astronomy and the development of space travel; in the Space Now! area you can check on the status of all current space missions.
Leicester's Indian citizens have constructed dozens of mosques and temples, including several right in the centre. Housed in a converted church, the Jain Centre caters to followers of an ancient religion that rose in India at the same time as Buddhism. Fronted with gleaming white marble, the lavish interior recalls the ancient sandstone temples at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
Scattered around the Newarke Houses Museum are the ruins of Leicester's medieval castle, where Richard III spent his final days before the Battle of Bosworth. The most impressive chunk of masonry is the monumental gateway known as the Magazine , once a storehouse for cannonballs and gunpowder.
Although British space missions usually launch from French Guiana or Kazakhstan, Leicester's space museum is still a fascinating introduction to the mysteries of the spheres. The ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars was controlled from here and fun, kid-friendly displays cover everything from astronomy to the status of current space missions. The centre is off the A6 about 1.
A showcase of Leicester's teeming diversity, the Golden Mile is a vibrant Asian quarter. Located a mile to the north of the centre, it is renowned for its restaurants - visitors often make a special trip to fill up on specialist Indian and vegetarian food. Apart from other Asian restaurants, there are also clothing and jewellery shops in the area.
Sprawling over two 16th-century mansions, this entertaining museum has exhibits detailing the lifestyles of local people through the centuries. Don't miss the walk-through recreation of a WWI trench, and the trophies of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, including an outrageous snuff box made from a tiger's head.
Housed in a converted church, the Jain Centre caters to followers of Jainism, the ancient religion that arose in India at the same time as Buddhism. Fronted with gleaming white marble, the lavish interior recalls the ancient sandstone temples at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Remove your shoes before entering.
You can see fine Roman mosaics and frescos in this museum exploring the history of Leicester from Roman times to the modern day. In front of the museum is the Jewry Wall , part of Leicester's Roman baths. Tiles and masonry from the baths were incorporated in the walls of neighbouring St Nicholas' Church .
Leicester's perfectly preserved 14th-century guildhall is reputed to be the most haunted building in Leicester. You can search for spooks in the magnificent Great Hall, the wood-panelled Mayor's Parlour and the old police cells, which contain a reconstruction of a 19th-century gibbet.
Highlights of this grand Victorian museum include the revamped dinosaur galleries, the painting collection (with works by Francis Bacon, TS Lowry and Stanley Spencer), and the Egyptian gallery, where real mummies rub shoulders with displays on Boris Karloff's The Mummy .
In the midst of the shopping district on Guildhall Lane, this substantial medieval church features some striking carvings on its roof supports. Inside, you can see a memorial to Richard III, who rode out from Leicester to fatal defeat at the Battle of Bosworth.
Over three hundred stalls at Leicester's indoor and outdoor markets sell everything from organic vegetables to aromatic spices, fish and shellfish, new and secondhand clothes and homewares, electronic goods, cosmetics, jewellery, flowers and fabrics.