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Top things to do in Leicester

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Leicester is Britain’s 10th largest (and most understated) city. Home to the winners of the Premiership, the Tigers and of course, King Richard III. Find out all there is to do in Leicester.

Study in a local cafe

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to good coffee shops here in Leicester, with plenty of independent cafes. Open until midnight is the lively Bru, especially popular with international students who come to socialise over a gelato or a waffle. If this doesn’t take your fancy, try 200 degrees or Gelato Village.

 

Have a ‘cold one’ in one of the oldest pubs in the UK

If coffee isn’t your thing, how about having a pint in one of the oldest pubs in the UK? ‘The Globe’ pub was established in 1720! Or, try one of our three Weatherspoon pubs, a firm favourite with the students.

 

Celebrate festivals

Being such a multicultural city brings the opportunity to celebrate the Caribbean Carnival, St Patrick’s day and of course the Indian festival of light, thought to be the biggest celebrations outside of India.

The Leicester City Festival also runs each summer with a range of music, food and art and performance events.

Visit Benedict Cumberbatch’s relative, King Richard

In case you hadn’t heard the news already… a king was found under a car par! His tomb can be visited in Leicester Cathedral where he was finally laid to rest. You can hear all about the turbulent life and death of the last king of England to die in battle in the Visitor Centre.

Support the Tigers

Come and support the Tigers! We’re proud of our rugby team who have graced the top of the Aviva Premiership for years.

Not forgetting the Foxes

We can’t mention the Tigers without the Foxes. Our football team who put Leicester on the map by beating the 5000-1 odds winning the Premiership in 2017 – one of the greatest sporting achievements in history!

Explore the parks

Abbey Park

A beautiful park less than a mile out of the city centre, with a lake you can take boats out on in the summer, a mini railway and a lavender maze.

Bradgate Park

For the best park however, you will need to travel a 10 minute car ride outside of the city to explore the historic Bradgate Park. One of the biggest parks in the country, the park is known for its spectacular views, historic ruins and wild deer. Be sure to stop off at Jade’s tearooms for the best cakes in Leicester.

Leicester market

Why not grab a bargain from the fruit and vegetable stalls or locally produced meat or cheese at Leicester Market, also the oldest covered market in Europe.

Narborough Rd

Take a walk down (officially) the most diverse street in Britain. Hosting shopkeepers from 23 different countries, Narborough Rd is a buzzing street of activity.

 

Curve theatre

Located in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, Curve offers a unique visitor experience as unlike most theatres, there is no backstage area.

 

Enjoy a night on the town

You can’t be a student in Leicester without visiting Mosh on a Tuesday night with 3 floors of indie and alternative music or Club Republic, the biggest club in Leicester where you are sure to lose your friends but make new ones. Don’t miss the infamous ‘Battle of the Uni’s’ where student from both DMU and UOL battle it out on the dance floor to win the title.