Our Top 5 Favourite Secret Things To Do In Leicestershire & Rutland

Looking for the best days out in Leicestershire? Make the most of your Leicestershire days out with this guide to the best ones in the county.

Leicester

VISIT Leicester Cathedral

A trip to Leicester isn’t complete without a visit to Leicester Cathedral; as landmarks go, it’s a classic. The site of King Richard III’s burial place, the cathedral was a work in progress between 1086 and 1867.

In addition to choral services, the medieval structure boasts ornate sculptures and a Georgian spire that contribute to its aesthetic appreciation. Explore the history of the building and learn about King Richard’s demise on a tour.

Leicester

VISIT Leicester Cathedral

A trip to Leicester isn’t complete without a visit to Leicester Cathedral; as landmarks go, it’s a classic. The site of King Richard III’s burial place, the cathedral was a work in progress between 1086 and 1867.

In addition to choral services, the medieval structure boasts ornate sculptures and a Georgian spire that contribute to its aesthetic appreciation. Explore the history of the building and learn about King Richard’s demise on a tour.

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take a tour of the
Great Central Railway

Looking for a bit of history – then why not take a tour of the great central railway? This heritage railway in Leicestershire is named after the company that originally built it. It runs for 8.25 miles between the town of Loughborough and a new terminus in the north of Leicester. In addition to period signalling and rolling stock, it also has period locomotives.

Each station has been restored to a period in the railway’s history: Loughborough Central; Quorn & Woodhouse; Rothley; Leicester North.

Loughborough,,Leicestershire,,Uk,-,June,3,,2017:,Steam,Locomotive,Lms

take a tour of the
Great Central Railway

Looking for a bit of history – then why not take a tour of the great central railway? This heritage railway in Leicestershire is named after the company that originally built it. It runs for 8.25 miles between the town of Loughborough and a new terminus in the north of Leicester. In addition to period signalling and rolling stock, it also has period locomotives.

Each station has been restored to a period in the railway’s history: Loughborough Central; Quorn & Woodhouse; Rothley; Leicester North.

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spend a day at Twycross Zoo

It’s hard to go wrong with a day at the zoo and Leicestershire’s Twycross Zoo is no exception. In addition to being one of the best zoos in England, they have one of the biggest collections of monkeys and apes.

Set within a stunning rural space of 100 acres, the animal enclosures are designed to mimic their natural habitats. It is home to 125 species of animals, including zebras, tigers, chimpanzees, lorikets, and you can even handfeed lorikeets in the indoor aviary, venture into the lemur woodland or cuddle a goat.

A day out in Leicestershire is made even more enjoyable with their outdoor play areas, where kids can swing around like monkeys or lemurs…

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spend a day at Twycross Zoo

It’s hard to go wrong with a day at the zoo and Leicestershire’s Twycross Zoo is no exception. In addition to being one of the best zoos in England, they have one of the biggest collections of monkeys and apes.

Set within a stunning rural space of 100 acres, the animal enclosures are designed to mimic their natural habitats. It is home to 125 species of animals, including zebras, tigers, chimpanzees, lorikets, and you can even handfeed lorikeets in the indoor aviary, venture into the lemur woodland or cuddle a goat.

A day out in Leicestershire is made even more enjoyable with their outdoor play areas, where kids can swing around like monkeys or lemurs…

Leicester-Cathedral

Explore The Guildhall Museum

Step away from the bustle of Leicester’s busy shopping streets and travel back 600 years into Leicester Guildhall, one of the best-preserved timber-framed halls in the country. What’s great is that the museum offers free entry to all!

Leicester Guildhall’s Great Hall dates back to about 1390, and the site has served many purposes over the centuries. In addition to its original role as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi, it has served as a public performance space on which Shakespeare may have performed, a library, a town hall, and a police station.

As a performing arts venue and home to the Medieval Leicester galleries, Leicester Guildhall attracts artists from across the country today. Walk the streets of medieval Leicester and uncover a world both familiar and very different to our own! 

Leicester-Cathedral

Explore The Guildhall Museum

Step away from the bustle of Leicester’s busy shopping streets and travel back 600 years into Leicester Guildhall, one of the best-preserved timber-framed halls in the country. What’s great is that the museum offers free entry to all!

Leicester Guildhall’s Great Hall dates back to about 1390, and the site has served many purposes over the centuries. In addition to its original role as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi, it has served as a public performance space on which Shakespeare may have performed, a library, a town hall, and a police station.

As a performing arts venue and home to the Medieval Leicester galleries, Leicester Guildhall attracts artists from across the country today. Walk the streets of medieval Leicester and uncover a world both familiar and very different to our own! 

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Discover the cultural quarter

Staying in city central can make for an enjoyable day trip in Leicestershire. In fact, the city’s rich visual arts and cultural offerings are concentrated in one area – the former textiles and shoes industry, which has been taken over by designers, theatres, galleries and eateries.

Take advantage of an audio guide while strolling through the Cultural Quarter. 

It’s even better at night when the scene comes to life. You can expect beer festivals, cabaret nights, poetry recitals and live performances in every venue. It’s definitely worth adding to your Leicestershire day trip itinerary if you’re an arts enthusiast.

Leicester-1024x768

Discover the cultural quarter

Staying in city central can make for an enjoyable day trip in Leicestershire. In fact, the city’s rich visual arts and cultural offerings are concentrated in one area – the former textiles and shoes industry, which has been taken over by designers, theatres, galleries and eateries.

Take advantage of an audio guide while strolling through the Cultural Quarter. 

It’s even better at night when the scene comes to life. You can expect beer festivals, cabaret nights, poetry recitals and live performances in every venue. It’s definitely worth adding to your Leicestershire day trip itinerary if you’re an arts enthusiast.

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