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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 Cathedral in Leicester

Leicester Cathedral

Pride of place at this substantial medieval cathedral goes to the contemporary limestone tomb atop the vault where the body of King Richard III was reburied in 2015, following the discovery of his body nearby. Look …
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 Beagle 2 mission to Mars was con…
Modern British in Leicester

White Peacock

The beautiful Grade II–listed building housing this fine-dining restaurant overlooks pedestrianised New Walk. Chef Phillip Sharpe's ambitious menus might start with goat's-cheese panna cotta with balsamic jelly and …
Cultural in Leicester

Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Colourful costumes galore fill Leicester on the first Saturday in August during the biggest Caribbean celebration in the country after London's Notting Hill Carnival. Musicians perform on two stages; there's a fun f…
Bistro in Leicester

Boot Room

A former shoe factory now houses this contemporary independent bistro. Premium ingredients are used in dishes from roast Cornish cod with smoked tomato risotto to duck leg with Clonakilty black pudding. Save room fo…
Comedy in Leicester

Leicester Comedy Festival

England's longest-running comedy festival draws big names as well as fresh talent for eight days in February, when more than 700 shows take place in more than 60 different venues.
Museum in Leicester

Jewry Wall Museum

You can see fine Roman mosaics and frescoes 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 …
Coffee in Leicester

Bread & Honey

Beans from single farm estates and co-ops sourced and roasted by London-based Monmouth are brewed up at this little bare-boards hole-in-the-wall; the flat whites here are the best for miles. It also whips up smoothi…
Bakery in Leicester

Walkers

For lunch on the run, you can't beat Walkers' towering pork pies. These are the original premises where Walkers was founded in 1824; it's since sold its famous crisp brand but the pies remain a family business today…