The City of Leicester

With a population of about 450,000, Leicester is the tenth largest city in the UK. It is a culturally diverse city with many nations represented. In fact, one road in Leicester is officially the most diverse street in the UK with 22 nationalities among its shops and cafes!

Leicester’s history dates back 2,000 years and includes the famous English monarch King Richard III whose grave was lost for 400 years until it was found by University of Leicester archaeologists in 2012. You can visit King Richard’s tomb in Leicester Cathedral.

The very centre of Britain is just a few miles outside Leicester, making the city an easy place to reach – and a great starting point for exploring Britain or Europe.

There are two international airports nearby, East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport, as well as direct rail/coach links to all three of London’s airports: Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Trains from Leicester to London connect with the Eurostar which travels under the sea to France, so with just one change of train you could be in Paris by lunchtime.

Flight Times

  • Amsterdam > East Midlands Airport 1hr 25min (direct)
  • Berlin > East Midlands Airport 2hr 5min (direct)
  • Dubai > Birmingham 7hr 45min (direct)
  • New Delhi > Birmingham 9hr 25min (direct)
  • Istanbul > Birmingham 4hr (direct)

Food Options

With a large Asian population, Leicester provides a wide range of Halal and vegetarian foods. The city has some of the best Indian restaurants in the UK, serving superb curries. There are also local delicacies to try such as Melton Mowbray pork pies and Stilton cheese.