Tourists flock to the Midlands for many things.
Warwickshire for Shakespeare, Nottingham for Robin Hood, Derbyshire for the Dales – but what does Leicestershire have to offer?
That was the question we posed to our readers and they came up with a huge list of places ranging from unique historical sites and natural wonders to the out of this world National Space Center.
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In total we had nearly 400 responses on our Facebook site and as locals you were not short of suggestions.
One person said there were enough in the county to fill a week-long visit. They said: “Bosworth Battlefield, Ashby Castle, Stoneywell, 1620’s House, Moira Furnace, Century Theater and Snibston are just the start.
“And there are fabulous walks along the Soar, the canals and through the woods.”
Another agreed: “Leicestershire is a beautiful area, we have so much breathtaking green space, so much history, the Great Central Railway, we have castles, museums, war memorials, ruins antiques, a conservation zoo…
“Those who don’t see the beauty of Leicestershire just don’t want to.”
Another added: ‘Beautiful market towns with independent shops, Market Harborough and Lutterworth have great heritage and history, surrounded by rural countryside.’
Another said: “They should look at the LCFC and/or the Tigers.
“Steam Abbey Pumping Station is cool. Hallaton Treasure in Harborough.
“Go to the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Center and go kayaking. Hire a narrow boat and cruise along the canal visiting Foxton Locks.
“Wigston Framework Knitters Museum. The National Gas Museum in Leicester is really interesting. Walk around the Leicestershire Round stopping at pubs.
“I think we have a lot here to be honest for tourists.”
Others have suggested Beacon Hill National Park with its craggy rocks and unusual livestock, the Curve Theatre, Ashby Castle, the King Richard III Center and the ruins of Grace Dieu Abbey.
Bosworth Battlefield was a popular response, as were other West Country attractions such as Thornton Reservoir, Mount St Bernard’s Abbey, Moira Furnace and the nearby Conkers Centre.
One person said: “Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park is beautiful and a hidden gem well worth exploring, whether it’s visiting the museum, taking a boat trip, enjoying the 36 acre national park or the one of their many events such as their incredibly popular craft fairs.”
In the city, the Guildhall, the New Walk Museum and the Abbey Pumping Station were recommended, as well as the National Space Centre.
One person said: ‘King Power Stadium – especially the beautiful memorial garden.
Another suggested the clock tower ‘for that authentic Leicester experience’.
Further out of town, favorites included Belvior Castle, Rutland Water and Stoneywell, the National Trust home at Ulverscoft by architect Ernest Gimsom, one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement.
One person wrote: “I’m from Norway and have been to Leicestershire three to five times a year since 2004.
“I absolutely adore him.
“I’ve missed it a lot since Covid shut everything down, but I’ll be back soon.
“I agree with King Power Stadium and Foxton Locks. There is so much to see and do that I can’t even decide.”
What are the must-see places in Leicestershire? Let us know in the comments!
The best places to visit according to TripAdvisor
King Richard III Visitor Center
At the top of the ‘Traveller’s Favorites’ list is the King Richard III Visitor Center at St Martins in Leicester city centre.
Opened in 2014 following the discovery of the remains of Richard III in a car park, the museum has proven popular with tourists and Leicester locals alike.
The museum, built on the spot where the king’s remains were found, uses “21st century storytelling, design and technology” to tell the story of Richard’s life, death and eventual discovery .
National Space Center
A must-see for school children in the East Midlands, the National Space Center has been popular with people of all ages since it opened in 2001.
The museum, in Exploration Drive near Abbey Park, teaches visitors everything from planets to stars to space travel.
It’s also home to the UK’s largest planetarium, where it holds daily shows, and houses the Thor Able and Blue Streak rockets in its iconic Rocket Tower.
Great Central Railway
The Great Central Railway (GCR) is the UK’s only historic railway, regularly running full-size steam locomotives.
When open normally, the GCR operates year-round weekends, holidays, and some weekdays during the summer.
They also host a variety of special events including Steam Galas, Bonfire Nights, and Santa Specials.
Melton National Park
Melton Country Park, at Wymondham Way, Melton is a 137-acre area which is ‘scenic all year round’, ideal for dog walkers.
There is also a playground for children, and wild birds and ducks can be seen here all year round.
There is also a community cafe open seven days a week – but this is currently closed due to the lockdown.
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery
The Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, in New Walk, is the “original museum of Leicester” which has “very varied collections and exhibitions”.
Galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wilderness, The Den Gallery – for children under five – Victorian Art Gallery, Arts and Crafts Gallery, Picasso Ceramics and exhibitions by modern and contemporary art.
It also offers many temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
The Curve in Rutland Street is Leicester’s go-to destination for theater and performing arts lovers.
In addition to producing its own shows, the theater also hosts touring productions.
The listing on TripAdvisor reads: “Curve produces a varied program of diverse, exciting and inspiring theatre, including large-scale musicals to rival the West End.”
Twinlakes Family Theme Park opened in 2003 and has been popular with families ever since.
The theme park, at Tumbledown Farm, Spinney Road, Melton, offers rides, indoor play barns, outdoor adventures and a water park.
Farndon Fields Farm Shop
Something a little different from the other places on the top 10 list is Farndon Fields Farm Shop, in Farndon Road, Market Harborough.
Farndon Fields was founded in 1983 and has grown into an award winning company, consisting of a 550 acre farm as well as a clothing store.
It has a butcher, bakery, deli as well as groceries, drinks and gifts.
Belvoir Brewery, based in Station Road, Old Dalby, near Melton, has been brewing beer since 1995.
As well as the brewery, which you can visit, there is also The Alehouse visitor center on site, with bar, restaurant and shop.
The final attraction on travelers’ favorite list for Leicestershire is Social Climbing, a bouldering center located in Leicester city centre.
The East Bond Street center was the first such center in the UK when it opened in September 2018.
It has more than 700 m/s of climbing “for all ages and all levels”.
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