Offering a cocktail mix of historical landmarks, cultural experiences and shopping opportunities, Leicester is a bustling city in the East Midlands region of England. Its rich heritage combined with a cosmopolitan vibe makes it popular with both domestic and international travellers.
Though it has always been a visitor-friendly city, the discovery of King Richard III's grave in 2012 revived tourism interest in Leicester. The Plantagenet king’s body was reinterred at Leicester Cathedral, which has been towering over the Old Town area for centuries. You can view his stately tomb in the cathedral and afterwards explore the Cathedral Gardens around it. King Richard III Visitor Centre next door will provide you with valuable insights into the life of the ruler and the scientific techniques used in identifying his remains. For a peek into the cultural evolution of Leicester, head to Belgrave Road, popularly known as The Golden Mile, where Indian jewellery shops rub shoulders with eclectic eateries and local businesses. Time your visit to coincide with Diwali or Christmas and you’ll see the street lit up in twinkling holiday lights.
Retail therapy is easy to indulge in Leicester. The 800-year-old Leicester Market sees local farmers and butchers trade side-by-side with fishmongers and artisanal goods makers. Add a bit of Victorian flair to your shopping trip with a visit to The Lanes – its cobblestone streets lined with independent clothing shops, jewellery boutiques and chocolateries. St Martin’s Square in the heart of the city is another highly recommended spot for a fabulous shopping experience.