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Top Choice Museum in Leicester

King Richard III: Dynasty, Death & Discovery

Built following the incredible 2012 discovery and 2013 DNA testing of King Richard III's remains, Leicester's high-tech King Richard III visitor centre encompasses three fascinating sections. Dynasty explores his ri…
Top Choice British in Leicester

John's House

Chef John Duffin was born here on 16th-century Stonehurst Farm, 8 miles north of Leicester. After working in Michelin-starred restaurants, he returned in 2014 to open his restaurant, and has since gained a Michelin …
Top Choice Cathedral in Leicester

Leicester Cathedral

Pride of place at this substantial medieval cathedral goes to the contemporary limestone tomb atop the vault where the remains of King Richard III were reburied in 2015, following the discovery of his skeleton nearb…
Museum in Leicester

National Space Centre

Although British space missions usually launch from French Guiana or Kazakhstan, Leicester's space museum is a fascinating introduction to the mysteries of the spheres. The ill-fated 2003 Beagle 2 mission to Mars wa…
Cocktail Bar in Leicester

Gate 38

Look for the tiny yellow airport-gate sign on Albion St to find this super-cool speakeasy with aeroplane-cabin seats and plane windows with pictures of Leicester's lights mimicking flying in at night. Its 'departure…
British in Leicester

White Peacock

The beautiful Grade II–listed building sheltering this fine-dining restaurant overlooks pedestrianised New Walk. Ambitious menus might start with Cotswolds gin-cured trout with tonic gel and move on to pork loin wit…
Carnival in Leicester

Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Colourful floats and costumes fill Leicester on the first Saturday in August during the biggest Caribbean celebration in the country after London's Notting Hill Carnival. Along with live music, there's a fun fair, a…
Comedy in Leicester

Leicester Comedy Festival

England's longest-running comedy festival – and Europe's largest – draws big names as well as fresh talent for 19 days in February, when some 800 shows take place in more than 60 different venues.
Ruins in Leicester

Leicester Castle

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 monumental gateway known as the Magazine was once a …
Museum in Leicester

Jewry Wall Museum

This museum exploring the history of Leicester from Roman times to the modern day was undergoing renovations at the time of writing, and is expected to reopen to the public in spring 2019. In front of the museum is …