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Leicestershire attractions

Leicestershire makes the most of its natural beauty and fascinating history and these are some of the best attractions to visit. There’s something for everyone; award-winning museums, renowned gardens, distinctive National Trust and English Heritage properties, fascinating farm attractions, churches and unspoilt countryside to explore. One of Leicester’s most famous and popular tourist attractions is the King Richard III Visitor Centre in St Martins. The exhibition tells the story of the King’s life, his death in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field, and the rediscovery of his remains under a city centre car park in 2012. Just north of the city is Abbey Park, an 89-acre public park with the River Soar flowing through its centre.

This area is also home to another of Leicester’s premier visitor attractions. With its distinctive Rocket Tower rising 42 metres into the sky, the National Space Centre is a Leicester landmark and a must for anyone with an interest in science and discovery. Fasten your seatbelts as you blast off into space, guided by six interactive galleries. Learn the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and explosive origins in the UK’s largest planetarium. Take a tour of the planets in our solar system.

Next door to the Space Centre you will find Abbey Pumping Station: Leicester City’s Museum of Science and Technology. The exhibits provide a fascinating insight into the city’s industrial, technological and scientific heritage.

If you prefer the countryside, climb aboard a steam train on the Great Central Railway. Trains take a steady journey from Loughborough to Leicester, passing through the picturesque villages of Quorn, Woodhouse and Rothley.  Leicestershire’s waterways are as spectacular as its railways. The River Soar is the county’s main river. Take a stroll along the scenic riverside to see local water birds and colourful narrowboats. Or take to the water and book a kayaking experience with Let’s Get Lost Leicester.

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National Space Centre
National Space Centre

Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS

With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D simulator experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower and world-class exhibitions, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience! Visit website

Aqua Park Rutland

Bull Brig Ln, Whitwell, Oakham LE15 8BL

Measuring over 100m by 80m this floating inflatable aqua park has climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers, blast bags the UK’s biggest slides and a special corner for adrenaline junkies – it’s awesome! Explore the course, Beat the obstacles, race your friends and family and watch them totally wipe out! Visit website

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park

Ambion Ln, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton CV13 0AD

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park welcomes visitors of all ages – where the dramatic story of how King Richard III lost his life and crown and Henry Tudor claimed the throne of England is brought to life. Discover how the Battle of Bosworth fitted into the Wars of the Roses in the colourful and interactive hands-on displays of the award-winning exhibition, following a journey through Wars of the Roses through the stories of those who were there. See the recent archaeological finds in the Quest gallery and learn how this important battlefield was lost and found. Tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Visit website

Gorse Hill City Farm
Gorse Hill City Farm

Anstey Ln, Leicester LE4 0FJ

Situated on a 20-acre site on the outskirts of Leicester city centre, Gorse Hill City Farm is a registered charity, a working farm and community project dedicated to the welfare of animals and to providing a fun and educational experience for all. The farm is open 365 days a year rain or sunshine. With over 100 animals for you to meet Gorse Hill offer you the perfect venue for a fun family day out or educational group visit. Visit website

King Richard III Visitor Centre
Richard III Visitor Centre

4A St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB

Discover the most unbelievable historical detective story at the King Richard III Visitor Centre. Immerse yourself in the incredible story of King Richard III – the last English King to die in battle and the first to be DNA tested. Visit website

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Image credits: ©falpat86/zurbagan/; Katie Owens/Gorse Hill City Farm; King Richard III Visitor Centre; National Space Centre, Leicester

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