The county of Leicestershire hit the news in 2012 when the body of King Richard III was found.
The notorious 15th-century ruler had been buried in an unmarked grave after dying at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. If you’re a history geek you there’s loads of places to satisfy your Richard curiosity around Leicester, from the battlefield where he was slain to his final resting place at Leicester Cathedral.
But there’s much more besides: Leicester has superb museums, and the countryside is adorned with stately homes and sweet little villages with thatched cottages.
You can spend time at vibrant university towns like Loughborough, or head for one of the many food festivals at Melton Mowbray, home of stilton cheese and the pork pie.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Leicestershire:
Since his remains were rediscovered under a car park in 2012 Richard III has become the centre of attention in Leicester.
There’s a new visitor centre in the city detailing how his grave was found and the methods used to identify his 500-year-old-skeleton.
There’s a lot more to Leicester though, with high-profile attractions, museums and venues like the National Space Centre, Curve Theatre, the half-timbered 15th century Guildhall, the New Walk Museum and the Cathedral where Richard III was re-buried in 2015. In 2016 the city gave us one of sport’s most amazing underdog stories when Leicester City won the Premier League despite starting the season with odds of 5,000-1. The Foxes play at King Power Stadium with a healthy capacity of more than 30,000.