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Ranked #1 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #2 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: 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 #3 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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Ranked #4 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #5 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Movie Theaters; Theaters
Owner description: Phoenix is an Independent Cinema based in the vibrant cultural quarter of Leicester. The monthly programme of new, classics... more » Owner description: Phoenix is an Independent Cinema based in the vibrant cultural quarter of Leicester. The monthly programme of new, classics and cults is specially selected for its audience. In addition to the cinema. Phoenix has film festivals, seasons, quizzes, short course and more. The Cafe Bar serves home cooked food using local produce, and has a specially selected choice of regional ales and world wide wines. Cube gallery shows exciting digital exhibitions. Phoenix is a charity - publicly funded to bring great film and art to all. « less
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Ranked #6 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Gardens
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Ranked #7 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Gardens; Museums
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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Ranked #8 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Performances
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Ranked #9 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #10 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Curve Theatre is Leicester’s magnificent home for theatre and the performing arts and is situated at the heart of the city’s... more » Owner description: Curve Theatre is Leicester’s magnificent home for theatre and the performing arts and is situated at the heart of the city’s Cultural Quarter. Curve is a proud supporter of new and emerging talent and actively participates in the development of the next generation of artists, writers and directors. As well as presenting some of the world’s finest touring work, Curve produces a varied programme of diverse, exciting and inspiring theatre including large scale musicals to rival the West End. « less
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Ranked #11 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Historic Sites; Museums
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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Ranked #12 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #13 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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Ranked #14 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Museums; Specialty 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 #15 of 58 attractions in Leicester
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 #16 of 58 attractions in Leicester

Megazone Leicester has been open for a few decades now and it's still top quality lasertag. The arena is smaller than it used to be and it plays better now, and the guns and packs... more »

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Ranked #17 of 58 attractions in Leicester
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Ranked #18 of 58 attractions in Leicester
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Ranked #19 of 58 attractions in Leicester
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Ranked #20 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Science 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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Ranked #21 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
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Ranked #22 of 58 attractions in Leicester
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Ranked #23 of 58 attractions in Leicester
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Ranked #24 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Owner description: A new Visitor Centre has been created around the poignant spot where King Richard III's remains were buried for more than... more » Owner description: A new Visitor Centre has been created around the poignant spot where King Richard III's remains were buried for more than half a millennia - one of the most fascinating and intriguing historic sites in England. The King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester opened its doors on Saturday 26 July 2014 and tickets to visit the original burial site of the last King of England to die in battle are now available. Using great storytelling, beautiful design and 21st century technology, this brand new Centre tells the fascinating and moving story of the King's life and death, and reveal one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told. Since the dramatic discovery of King Richard III's body in 2012 there has been worldwide interest, and we expect demand to visit the Centre to be very high. We strongly recommend that you book your timed entry slot before arrival to avoid disappointment. « less
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Ranked #25 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Parks
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Ranked #26 of 58 attractions in Leicester
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Ranked #27 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Historic Sites

The ruins of the Abbey are contained within the -better known locally as- Abbey Park.  The whole park is a traditional Victorian urban green space, and has a beautiful collection... more »

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Ranked #28 of 58 attractions in Leicester
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Ranked #29 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Museums; Specialty Museums

The National Gas Museum on Aylestone Road in Leicester is housed in a former gas works. It is claimed to have the largest collection of gas and gas artifacts in the world. The... more »

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Ranked #30 of 58 attractions in Leicester
Category: Historic Sites
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