Welcome to Leicester and Leicestershire

Summer is here and Leicester and Leicestershire is the place to be with a host of exciting festival and events taking place you will not want to miss. Stay longer and choose from a variety of accommodation that are available to book online – you will need more than a day to fit everything in!

Explore the rich heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire - visit the site where King Richard III met his death at Bosworth Battlefield and then travel into the city to the new Visitor Centre and see where his mortal remains were discovered and reintered. 

At Stoneywell Cottage, the new National Trust property in Charnwood Forest, discover examples of furniture designed by the arts and crafts designer Ernest Gimson or visit Abbey Pumping Station to see the fully restored beam engines that were also designed by Ernest Gimson.

People looking upwards

The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks has now re-opened with fantastic new displays and state of the art equipment.

The giraffes are back at Twycross Zoo where there are around 500 animals of 150 species to see, including many endangered animals and native species and at Stonehurst Family Farm you can feed farmyard animals and have a cuddle with the rabbits in pets corner.

At the National Space Centre explore the universe in the planetarium or take the family to Twinlakes to try out the rollercoasters and water rides.


Forthcoming events

We Love Ladybird Exhibition

Ladybird book

11th July to 2nd November

We Love Ladybird, an exhibition at Charnwood Museum celebrating 100 years of the world-famous books which started life in Loughborough, with original artwork from the Ladybird archives.

Charnwood Museum
Queen's Park
Granby Street

© Ladybird Books Ltd 1964

Fri 31 Jul - Wed 5 Aug 2015


Sun 2 - Wed 5 Aug 2015

Shakespeare's Richard III

Sat 25 Jul - Sun 9 Aug 2015

Strawberry Fields Festival

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Aug 2015


Book a short break

Book one of the exciting themed short breaks that we have in Leicester and Leicestershire. Book here button

Choose from a wide range of exclusive packages, from family fun breaks to mouth-watering gourmet getaways. All packages include accommodation and entrance to 3 from a choice of 5 experiences, all for just £129.

Free prize draw

After your visit to Leicester and Leicestershire, come back here and tell us about your trip. We'll enter your name into a free prize draw to win a Stay Play Explore short break worth £129.

Closing date: 30th September 2015

Talk to us

Rugby World Cup 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015
Book your accommodation for the Leicester games online here and plan your visit with help from our website.

King Richard III

Tipped by The Lonely Planet as one of the 'hottest' attractions in the world for 2015.
Follow the fortunes of four characters from the Battle of Bosworth and hear their stories during this turbulent time.
Where did King Richard III stay on the night before the Battle of Bosworth?  Who, in the crowds, predicted his downfall and where were his mortal remains discovered?
Buy a commemoration medal, mug, a book on the life and death of King Richard III or book a guided walk - buy online here.
Fly in a Cessna 172 aircraft over King Richard’s final battle route from the Blue Boar Inn in Leicester via Bow Bridge and out to Bosworth along the Old Roman Road.
This short break includes bed and breakfast for two people at the Ramada Encore Leicester City Centre hotel or the Hinckley Island hotel and a choice of 3 out of 5 King Richard III experiences.
Visit five sites in the city with a connection to King Richard III during the days leading up to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. It continues to Bosworth and other locations linked to King Richard’s reign.
Last updated July 2015