A picture of Leicester city centre

A walk through Leicester city centre takes visitors through a myriad of shopping and leisure experiences, from small, independent businesses, to stunning flagship shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, indoor climbing, bowling and mini-golf, all punctuated with scores of tantalising places to eat, drink and relax.

In the historic Lanes area you will find The Globe pub and Mrs Bridges tearoom both dating from the 1700s.

A stone's throw away is Leicester Market, which has traded from the site for over 700 years and today includes an award-winning Food Hall and plenty of bustling stalls.

Leicester is where tourism began. Travel pioneer Thomas Cook ran his first railway excursion here in 1841 and visitors can uncover the amazing story of 'the king in the car park' at the award-winning King Richard III visitor centre.

After working up an appetite exploring the city, visitors can refresh themselves in one of the many bistros and bars, offering everything from local craft ales and gin to mouth-watering flavours from across the globe.