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Leicester is located at the heart of the Midlands and on the edge of the National Forest and on the River Soar. Historic towns such as Royal Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon are within easy reach, as are the larger cities of Birmingham, Derby and Nottingham. Arrange to rent a car and enjoy the city and the surrounding area to its full potential.

Relax in Leicester

Head to Nelson Mandela Park in the city centre for a relaxing way to spend the day. If you fancy doing something different a little later on, take a stroll around the city, enjoy some retail therapy or head to Belgrave Road often referred to as the Golden Mile.

The body of Richard III, who was King of England from 1483 to 1485 was discovered in Leicester. Find out more about this at the Visitor Centre. A trip to Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park also provides a unique day out for all. Relive history with a visit to the site of the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Visit the National Space Centre. Learn about the universe in the 360° planetarium and experience interactive displays and exhibits. Plenty to learn and great fun for the whole family.

Discover more about the birthplace of Shakespeare

Stratford-upon-Avon is only approximately 1 hours’ drive from Leicester. Explore the variety of historic buildings that played a part in his life including Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Halls’ Croft. Watch a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre then spend some time at the Canal Basin, home to some beautiful surroundings.

Explore a spa town

Head to Royal Leamington Spa and enjoy a nice stroll through Jephson Gardens. Wander to the Royal Pump Rooms, where you will find an art gallery and museum. Don’t miss a trip to the Royal Spa Centre where you can catch a show.

Sample the great outdoors at Rutland Water

Start off at Normanton Church and try to visit when it is open so that you can explore its wonderful interior. Hop on the Rutland Belle and soak up the sights on a boat. Why not hire a bicycle and see the best bits on two wheels?

Find out more about driving in the UK, or read our UK travel guide. You may also like to read our guide to skiing in the UK.