City Guides


Top 6 Things To do / Sights To See

There’s so much to discover in Leicester! This diverse city inhabits cosmopolitan life, rich history and culture, and interesting connections with King Richard III. Whether you want to top up your historical knowledge or indulge in the culture that Leicester has to offer, here are our top 6 picks:

  1. National Space Centre

Take a journey through time and space, 150 experiences, 6 hands-on galleries and even travel in a 42m high Rocket Tower! Voted the Largest Visitor Attraction of the Year, the National Space Centre is a perfect trip whatever the weather and provides hours of interactive fun and discovery.

  1. Abbey Park

Divided by the River Soar, this picturesque park provides serenity within Leicester. To the West are the old abbey ruins which date back to the 12th century and the ruins of Cavendish House (a 17th century mansion), whilst the East boasts scenic Victorian gardens filled with shrubbery and flowerbeds, a boating lake and a miniature railway. Whether you’re wanting to have a picnic in the sun or explore the leftovers of a world gone by, Abbey Park is the most idyllic setting.

  1. Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Just a short drive outside of Leicester lies the Ashby de la Zouch Castle ruins, containing heaps of history and plenty of surprises. Walk around the grounds with your audio guide in hand, learn about its history and even explore the secret underground tunnel!

  1. King Richard III Visitor Centre

How can you visit the city where King Richard III was found buried beneath a car park and not want to learn more? Discover the fascinating story of the King’s life and death, learn more about the unearthing of his remains and treat yourself to a cup of tea afterwards in the centre’s café!

  1. Tropical Birdland

Parrots, toucans, hornbills, owls, macaws and kookaburras! Tropical Birdland allows you to get up close and personal with a wide selection of free flying birds and is situated just outside of Leicester city centre. Set in 6.5 acres of English countryside, be at one with nature at this wonderful attraction!

  1. The Curve

For your dose of arts and culture, The Curve is situated in the centre of Leicester. Unlike any other theatre in the UK, there is no traditional backstage area, allowing audiences to peek behind the scenes. With a range of productions on show, be sure to grab your tickets and experience this unique place and all it has to offer!

Campanile Hotels are proud to be located in Leicester. 

To get to…

  • The National Space Centre from Campanile: 9 minutes by car.  16 minutes by public transport. 27 minute walk.
  • Abby Park from Campanile: 3 minutes by car.  12 minutes walk.
  • Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle from Campanile: 39 minutes by car. 1 hour 40 minutes by public transport.
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre from Campanile: 10 minutes by car. 16 minutes by public transport. 18 minutes walk.
  • Tropical Birdland from Campanile: 25 minutes by car. 1 hour 5 minutes by public transport.
  • The curve from Campanile: 6 minutes by car. 10 minutes by public transport. 10 minute walk.

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Location: St Matthew’s way, Bedford Street North, Leicester, LE1 3JE

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