Since winning the Premier League, Leicester has been at the forefront of everyone's mind, but most of those who live there or visit the city regularly have always known how great it is. Aside from an almighty football team, Leicester is also filled with many a hidden gem. From tropical birds to culture and history, its shops and, of course, its diverse range of places to eat and drink.
If you’re arriving early in the city for the Revitalisation Meeting this Thursday 23 June at 7.30 till 9.30 at The Phoenix, there’s plenty do and see.
Located in the University of Leicester’s Botanic Gardens, the Attenborough Arboretum is a much-loved gem of the city and the perfect place to visit on a warm day. Home to a diverse range of plants and wildlife as well as plenty of pretty views, it’s the ideal place to go for a stroll.
Leicester is also home to the National Space Centre - the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and space science. There’s an amazing building filled with rockets, satellites, Martian surfaces and other amazing artefacts. The building also houses experts and a full Space Communications team.
Or you might like to take a look at the King Richard III Centre.
If it’s shopping, there’s a treasure trove of tucked-away exciting emporiums, boutiques and niche stores to lose yourself in. These include the newly refurbished Silver Arcade, built in 1899, which is one of only two 4-storey arcades in UK and has won awards for its beautiful restoration.
Plus you can enjoy the many pubs, bars, delis, Michelin-rated restaurants and quaint traditional tea rooms.
To help your visit in enjoying its pubs, Leicester CAMRA has also produced a Leicester Real Ale Trail leaflet. This recently updated leaflet contains details of 27 pubs in the city centre area where real ale is available, including many which stock beer brewed locally.
Some may like to drop in to the nearby Rutland beer festival which begins at 11am on Thursday and is relatively close to Leicester.