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The city of Leicester is found in the East Midlands on the edge of the National Forest. The city has old Roman influences that still remain now. It's conveniently located for people who wish to explore the Midlands area of England, while boasting plenty of activities and sites of its own.

Things to see

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a 2,000-year history. Its roots are primarily Roman, but it was overtaken by the Vikings, giving it a mixed history and, subsequently, a variety of ancient points of interest. The city has a mention in the Domesday Book and King Richard III was also buried in Leicester. His remains were exhumed from under a car park, making it a relatively recent point of interest.

Leicester offers two main shopping centres; Haymarket and Highcross. These will offer you a wealth of different shops, eateries, boutiques, cinemas and specialist shops, giving something to please almost everyone. Leicester Market is thought to be one of the largest covered outdoor marketplaces in Europe, with stalls selling fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. This is worth a visit if you want some local, fresh produce to take home with you.

There is an open-top bus tour that will take you around the city, showing you all the main cites. This is well worth doing, particularly if you have young children who don't want to do a lot of walking.

As is the case with most big cities, Leicester offers a wealth of museums and art galleries. Take your pick or spend a few days and visit them all. The National Space Station is also worth a visit if modern science is more your thing than ancient history.

The Jewry wall is the second largest piece of surviving Roman building in the UK and is almost 2,000 years old. There is uncertainty about what the wall was actually part of, but excavated remains of Roman baths have been found on one side. If you get the chance, this landmark is worth checking out.

Further afield

If you head out of Leicester a little way, you will find plenty of other cities and towns to explore. Birmingham is located in the Midlands and is famous for being the home of the Cadbury factory. Drive down to Bourneville and spend the day at the chocolate factory.

If you want to get in touch with nature, visit Bradgate Country Park. You'll have the opportunity to spot deer, enjoy country walks and even see the remains of Lady Jane Grey's birthplace.

There is also the opportunity to have falconry experiences near Leicester. Put on the glove and have a fully-grown bird of prey rest on your arm; a truly unique experience.

You will find a range of golf courses around the city of Leicester, offering the perfect chance to work on your swing and brush up on your golf skills. Take lunch in a traditional country pub outside of the city to get a break from the hustle and bustle.

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