About Leicester

Leicester's multi-cultural population has created a vibrant atmosphere bursting with different cultures, traditions and events throughout the year, making it a popular place to live. It’s the largest city in the East Midlands and also the oldest with its history going back at least 2,000 years. Its popularity has recently increased after Leicester City Council and the University of Leicester found the remains of King Richard III underneath a car park.

  • Birthplace of the delicious potato crisp that are Walkers Crisp
  • Famous people from Leicester include:  Sir David & Lord Richard Attenborough, Gary Lineker & Peter Shilton, Gok Wan, David Icke, Joseph Merrick and Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. On the music front Leicester has brought us Mark ‘Return of the Mack’ Morrison.
  • In 2001, the city became home to the National Space Centre - one of the United Kingdom's leading visitor attractions - devoted to space, science and astronomy.
  • The Golden Mile is a name given to a stretch of the Belgrave Road full of Indian curry houses, shops and jewellery stores and hosts the Diwali celebrations which are the largest outside India.
  • Ancient Roman pavements and baths remain in Leicester from its early settlement as Ratae.

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