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Bradgate Park (Leicester)
Ranked #1 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: Bradgate Park was first enclosed as a deer park (for hunting) in the 12th Century. Herds of Red and Fallow Deer still roam... more » Owner description: Bradgate Park was first enclosed as a deer park (for hunting) in the 12th Century. Herds of Red and Fallow Deer still roam freely across the Park's 800 acres today.The Park is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its importance as a wildlife habitat and its geological interest - the 600 million year old Precambrian rocks here are some of the oldest in England. Bradgate House, built around the year 1500, was one of the first unfortified, brick-built country houses in the country and was the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey and played an important role in the English Civil War. Abandoned in the 18th Century, the house is now an evocative ruin set in a landscape that has changed little since the house's heyday. Bradgate offers visitors the chance to experience surprisingly wild and unspoilt countryside within a short travelling time of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby and is only 10 minutes from the M1 (J21 or 22). Explore the story of the Park in our Visitor Centre, stop for a cup of tea or lunch in one of our two tearooms or just bring a picnic and sit by the river. Bradgate Park was Runner-Up in the category of Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Leicester & Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards 2013 and we are proud to be listed in the Top 10 Parks in the UK in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards. We stage a variety of events throughout the year including guided walks to explore the Park's history and landscape, wildlife events such as stream dipping, moth trapping and fungi forays, seasonal fairs focussing on local produce and traditional crafts and outdeor theatre performances in the ruins of Bradgate House. Keep an eye on our website or pick up a leaflet from the tearooms to keep up to date with what's on. « less
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Ranked #2 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #3 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Farms; Specialty Museums
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Manor Farm & Woodlands (Loughborough)
Ranked #4 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Farms; Landmarks
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Armourgeddon (Lutterworth)
Ranked #5 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
Owner description: Unique provider of Tank Paintball Battles in real tanks. Provider of Tank Driving, Military Vehicle Driving, paintball,... more » Owner description: Unique provider of Tank Paintball Battles in real tanks. Provider of Tank Driving, Military Vehicle Driving, paintball, archery, quad safari, clay pigeon shooting and many more events. Ideal for Corporate, Team Building, stag/hen parties and individual experience days. Located in the Midlands and within easy reach of London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Coventry, Leicester and Northampton. « less
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Ranked #6 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Museums; Gardens
Owner description: Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story... more » Owner description: Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story of contemporary Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. The museum displays include a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor to present day and a play area for children to try various games. Find out more about Leicester's famous son Daniel Lambert and visit a 1950s street scene inspired by Wharf Street that includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, with sounds and conversations from the times. Discover more about the story of Leicester at War. Through personal stories find out about the home front and the history of the Regiment, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting. Through oral histories, archive film, computer interactives and collections discover the histories of Newarke Houses, the surrounding historic area and contemporary Leicester. « less
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Foxton Locks (Foxton)
Ranked #7 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #8 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Take a fascinating journey around Snibston where you can discover 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on our... more » Owner description: Take a fascinating journey around Snibston where you can discover 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on our everyday lives. From the earliest mining tools, prototype jet engine to the largest fashion display outside London, there is plenty to explore at this must see museum! « less
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Ranked #10 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #11 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #12 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Visitors to Bosworth Battlefield, whether they are schoolchildren, historians, leisure groups, families or leisure seeking... more » Owner description: Visitors to Bosworth Battlefield, whether they are schoolchildren, historians, leisure groups, families or leisure seeking day-trippers, can experience what this famous turning point in British history really meant. A great day out! « less
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Rockingham Castle (Market Harborough)
Ranked #13 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Castles; Landmarks
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Ranked #14 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #15 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Biking Trails
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Charnwood Museum (Loughborough)
Ranked #16 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: ; History Museums; Museums
Includes exhibits reflecting the history, geology, archaeology and industries of Charnwood and the surrounding area,
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Ranked #17 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Other zoos & aquariums; Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #18 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: ; Specialty Museums; Museums

Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Road, is Leicester's main industrial museum. The National Space Centre is next to it, accessed from Exploration Drive.   The museum is in a 1891... more »

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Ranked #19 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Museums
Owner description: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester's original museum has wide ranging collections and displays spanning the natural and... more » Owner description: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester's original museum has wide ranging collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world. Located on the historic New Walk, our temporary exhibitions feature works from our collections, touring exhibitions from National Museums and a programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions. A family friendly day-out, the galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, World Arts and a gallery for the under 5s, The Den. The first floor galleries include displays of Modern Art and Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection. The museum offers a range of events from curator's talks to lunchtime concerts, visit our events pages to see What's On this month. The museum also offers a Gift Shop offering a range of exhibition merchandise and contemporary craft and design and Costa Coffee shop with free Wi-Fi available. « less
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Ranked #20 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #21 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
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Ranked #22 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Museums
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King Power Stadium (Leicester)
Ranked #23 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #24 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Museums
Owner description: The new King Richard III Visitor Centre is in Leicester city centre, opposite Leicester Cathedral. It has been created around... more » Owner description: The new King Richard III Visitor Centre is in Leicester city centre, opposite Leicester Cathedral. It has been created around the poignant spot where King Richard III's remains were buried for more than 500 years. Using storytelling, design and 21st century technology, visitors can discover the fascinating and moving story of the King's life and death, and one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told « less
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Ranked #25 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Market Harborough Museum (Market Harborough)
Ranked #26 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Museums
Owner description: Featuring the Hallaton Treasure, one of the most significant Iron Age finds in Britain, in the new Treasure Gallery.A two... more » Owner description: Featuring the Hallaton Treasure, one of the most significant Iron Age finds in Britain, in the new Treasure Gallery.A two thousand year old dog that was sacrificed and buried to guard the Hallaton Treasure is now on display at Harborough Museum. « less
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Ranked #27 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Science Museums; Museums
Owner description: The National Space Centre was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and upon arrival you will understand why, this... more » Owner description: The National Space Centre was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and upon arrival you will understand why, this really is a visit that is out of this world.Take a journey through the six hands-on galleries, stopping at over 150 interactive experiences, then travel in the glass lift through three floors in the 42m high Rocket Tower and encounter Space Race; the epic battle for the control of space!Sit back in awe in the UK’s largest planetarium; the Space Theatre, as we take you on a voyage of discovery in this 360° fulldome experience.Are you made of the right stuff to be an astronaut of the future? Human Spaceflight: Lunar Base 2025, will test your mental and physical ability to survive the long and dangerous voyage into deep space, culminating in a stunning 3D simulator mission through the Solar System to the ice moon Europa.This summer the National Space Centre launched another world exclusive interactive experience in association with The Met Office; the Weather Pod. Take your place to deliver a weather report in 2085, what will the UK look like, how has global warming effected us and how can space science help? Why not share your experience with all your friends and post your report on Facebook, Youtube or your own blog!The National Space Centre is an all weather attraction for all the family. Situated in the heart of the Midlands, the centre is located just two miles from Leicester city centre close, with easy access from the M1 and M69, just follow the distinctive brown rocket signs on all major arterial routes to find us. On site we have over 400 parking spaces, restaurant, shop and all the facilities you would expect from a world class attraction. The National Space Centre is hours of interactive fun and breathtaking discovery.The National Space Centre hosts many exciting weekend events, including astronomy evenings, movie themed events, astronaut visits, computer gaming challenges, even an invasion by the 501st UK Garrison Star Wars group and many more… see the website for full detailsOpening TimesSchool HolidaysMonday – Sunday 10am – 5pmSchool Term Time Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pmWe suggest you allow a minimum of 4 hours for your visit « less
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Loughborough Carillon (Loughborough)
Ranked #28 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Historic Sites; Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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St Peters Church (Market Bosworth)
Ranked #29 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #30 of 95 attractions in Leicestershire
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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