As one of the oldest cities in England, Leicester has a rich and fascinating history stretching back two millennia. With a population of over 350,000, Leicester has grown into a modern, diverse and impressively cosmopolitan city, right in the heart of the UK. Packed with things to see and do, Leicester enjoys a wealth of cultural and historical highlights as well as extremely convenient commuter links. It’s no wonder the city is such a popular place to buy a new home. With two universities, including the award-winning University of Leicester, the city of Leicester is a popular educational choice and a major centre of learning. The National Space Centre, the largest of its kind in the UK, is a must-see attraction for academics and tourists from around the world alike, and is just one of countless cultural hotspots in the city.
Lots to do in the local area
Leicester is also noteworthy for its unique role as the burial place of King Richard III, with a fascinating visitor centre just steps from Leicester Cathedral, where the royal now rests. Other attractions include a wealth of live music venues, cinemas, galleries and theatres including the Curve, an award-winning theatre in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter. Leicester also boasts museums to suit all interests and an impressive variety of bars and restaurants, making the city perfect for entertaining. With Victorian arcades, two major shopping malls and a bustling city centre, Leicester also offers a varied choice of shopping options to suit all tastes.
Excellent transport links
With its prime location right in the centre of the UK, Leicester boasts enviable transport links nationwide. A wide selection of options is available including trains, buses, airports, a cycle network and impressive links to the road network, meaning that you are extremely well-connected when it comes to travelling to, from and around Leicester.
Leicester’s central location means that the city enjoys a mainline position linking it to the countrywide network. Leicester Central also enjoys a direct line to St Pancras International station, meaning that Leicester also has strong links into Europe, as well as across the UK.
St Margaret’s Bus Station and Haymarket Bus Station are the two main bus stations in Leicester, offering a range of connections across the UK. Leicester also enjoys a comprehensive park and ride system, with buses operating every 15 minutes.
Leicester is extremely convenient for travel by road. Located at the intersections of many key trunk roads, including the A6, A46, A47 and A607, the city also enjoys a position close to the centre of the M1 motorway, near Junction 21, where the M69 starts.
Less than five miles away, Leicester Airport provides a business and regional air service. For locations further afield, the nearest international airport is East Midlands Airport (EMA), just 20 miles away, and Birmingham Airport (BHX, 39 miles) can also be reached in less than an hour.