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Great Days Out

Want to delve deeper into the real story of our recently discovered King Richard III? Then visit King Richard III Visitor Centre and get the real story behind the king in the car park. Or maybe you fancy your very own castle tour? If so why not head over to Rockingham Castle and enjoy a tour through the fascinating rooms and enjoy being transported back to the 1800s.

Or why not visit the award-winning National Space Centre which is the UK's largest attraction dedicated to space and luckily for us, right on our doorstep. Or take 'one small step' into the past and head over to see the dinosaurs, mummies and much more at New Walk Museum which is only minutes away from Leicester Railway Station, so easily accessible from wherever you are within our county.

Ride on a stram train through the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, feed the goats and donkeys and hug the rabbits in cuddle corner at Stonehurst Family Farm. Or take your shoes and socks off at Conkers and get your feet muddy in the barefoot walk, or try out the outdoor adventure day which combines water sports with forest ranger activities. 

Or simply enjoy exploring some of the fabulous country parks that we have in Leicestershire and take a picnic of local goodies. 

See some of the top visitor attractions in Leicester and Leicestershire below:

Enjoy monkeying around at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is a World Primate Centre with over 500 animals of almost 150 species including all 4 great apes, over 20 species of monkey, Asian elephants, snow leopards, penguins, meerkats, giraffes and many more.

Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks is a series of 10 locks on the Grand Union Canal. There is lots to explore including watching the boats, visiting the museum and eating in one of the pubs on site.

Containing many fascinating exhibits of the time, the BoilerHouse demonstrates how tough it was to make a living showing how families survived the harsh conditions of 19th century canal life.

Conkers train

Conkers

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

Knights

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Delve into Leicestershire's fascinating history at Bosworth Battlefield Country Park - the site of the 1485 Battle of Bosworth. Look out for special events or go for a stroll and some refreshments served onsite.

Bikes

Avalanche Adventure

We have a spectacular 400 acre site offering the best outdoor activities in the country and our brand new air conditioned log cabin offering you comfort and refreshments.

Children

National Space Centre

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 and fun.

Train station

Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway is Britain's only double track main line steam railway. Enjoy an exciting calendar of events, a footplate ride or dine in style on board one of the steam trains.

Ashby Castle

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Come and find out about the castle's colourful history with our lively audio tour. Hear how Edward IV's Chamberlain Lord Hastings added the chapel and the impressive keep-like Hastings Tower – a castle within a castle.

Twinlakes

Twinlakes Park

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

Throne

King Richard III Visitor Centre

Leicester's newest attraction tells the fascinating and moving story of the king's life and death, and reveals one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told.

Boys playing
Make some memories on your family outings in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Throne
Don't let the weather spoil your fun - visit these attractions that are under cover.
Leicester City Football Club
The entire football world is talking about the exploits of Leicester City Football Club - see more sporting success stories
Download the 2016 Great Days Out brochure with lots of ideas for a trip to Leicester and Leicestershire
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.
Maiyango
Lunch overlooking a river, afternoon tea at a luxury hotel or a gastonomic feast in a restaurant, there's lots of choice.
Sheep show
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.
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Last updated January 2017