Things to see and do in Leicester and Leicestershire

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Leicester and Leicestershire is a destination packed with things to see and do ... whatever the weather.

Leicestershire cannot fail to inspire you. From great family attractions to top class restaurants, there's plenty to discover.

You might prefer to visit a museum or gallery, or hire a boat on the Grand Union Canal or travel back in time on a steam train at the Great Central Railway. You could enjoy a local festival, or explore a Leicestershire stately home.

Experience contemporary, inspirational shopping in Leicester or browse the markets in our market towns, and once you're all shopped out, why not relax in a stylish city bar or restaurant. Alternatively, take life at a more leisurely pace and relax with friends over a pub lunch, or jump on a bike and explore the countryside.

Visitor attractions

National Space Centre, Leicester

Leicester

The award winning National Space Centre is the UK's largest attraction dedicated to space. From the moment you catch sight of the Space Centre's futuristic Rocket Tower, you'll be treated to hours of breathtaking discovery & fun.

 
 
 
Conkers, National Forest

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

CONKERS, the award winning attraction at The Heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your family engaged for hours.

 
 
 
Twinlakes Park, Melton Mowbray

Melton Mowbray

You and your family can enjoy acres of action, animals, indoor attractions and fun-packed events.

 
 
 
Twycross Zoo, Hinckley

Hinckley

Now celebrating its 50th year, Twycross Zoo is a renowned specialist primate zoo and has a wide variety of monkeys and apes including the UK's only group of bonobos.

 
 
 
Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough

Market Harborough

Delve into history at Rockingham Castle, which was built on the orders of William the Conqueror.

 
 
Boys playing
Make some memories on your family outings in Leicester and Leicestershire.
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Don't let the weather spoil your fun - visit these attractions that are under cover.
Plane
Looking for some excitement?  Try these experiences and test your nerves.
Monkey
If you love animals and birds, you'll love these attractions - you might even get a furry cuddle.
Train
Be transported back in time with steam railways, industrial heritage and the bygone age.
Theatre
Comedy, music and live entertainment can all be found at the numerous theatres and venues across the city and county.
Brochure cover
Download the 2015 Great Days Out brochure with lots of ideas for a trip to Leicester and Leicestershire
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Lunch overlooking a river, afternoon tea at a luxury hotel or a gastonomic feast in a restaurant, there's lots of choice.
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Country shows, food festivals, comedy nights, music and dance - something for everyone.
Bosworth map
Visit the site where the Wars of the Roses ended with the death of King Richard III and then to the visitor centre where his mortal remains were discovered.
Last updated March 2015