Leicester and Oadby
Traditional England Mixed with Cosmopolitan City Life
Leicester has all the excitement and activities of a large city but keeps a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the UK with a varied city life to explore and enjoy.
Explore Leicester and Oadby
Did you know
Leicester has been an important urban centre since Roman times. The Jewry Wall Museum is built around the remains of the Roman bathhouse while nearby you will find Leicester Cathedral, the ornate Jain Temple, the Leicester Guildhall which dates from the 1300s and is one of the country's best-preserved timber-framed halls, and the Richard III Visitors' Centre.
The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is close to the city centre and its dinosaur collection is always popular with children. Leicester is also home to the UK's National Space Centre.
There are a huge number of parks and open spaces throughout the city and these are popular all year round with walkers, joggers, and families. The surrounding countryside is also within easy reach with local sights including Charnwood Forest, Foxton Locks, and Rutland Water. For those looking for some serenity, the Botanic Gardens are a green oasis in Oadby in the suburbs of Leicester.
The opening of the state-of-the-art Curve theatre has brought national theatre productions and other performances to the city as well as providing a new home for local and regional performance groups. The Phoenix Square is a base for alternative arts including cinema and new media performances.
Love to shop? Leicester has a thriving shopping scene, with many independent shops and boutiques nestled alongside stores from most major retailers. Highcross shopping centre offers a huge range of stores, cafes, restaurants, and a twelve-screen cinema. Fosse Park has many larger retail outlet stores while for bargains and fresh produce, Leicester market is one of the UK's largest. Further afield Belgrave Road is at the heart of Leicester's south Asian community - and as you might expect of a city with a large south Asian population, Leicester is well-known for its curry houses.
For those who enjoy sports, Leicester is home to one of the UK's top rugby union clubs - the Leicester Tigers - as well as Leicester City Football Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Property in Leicester is typically diverse for a city of this size, with new developments of modern family homes to terraces and late Victorian and Edwardian villas. Just outside the city, there are period Georgian and Regency houses, old stone cottages, farmhouses, and former rectories, often at affordable prices. With two universities, student let investment property should be a definite consideration for property investors looking at Leicester.
Leicester is one of the best-connected cities in the UK, it is located at the epicentre of the nation’s road and rail network putting you within easy access of friends, relatives and loved ones.
Travel within Leicester is also easy, thanks to its public transport networks and dedicated routes for pedestrians and cyclists. There are connecting bus services between Leicester city centre and most other parts of the city. There are cycle racks at various points in the city centre and at other specific points such as Leicester train station.
If you prefer to travel by foot, Leicester has well maintained and safe routes for pedestrians. Leicester's New Walk was the first pedestrian-only route in the UK and still provides an attractive tree-lined walk between the University of Leicester and the city centre.
Did you know?
Did you know the English language we use today originated in Leicester?
You’ll soon cotton on to the fact that the Leicester dialect is unique with its clipped vowels and ‘ey up me ducks, ‘Les-tohs’ and ‘oo-yors’ - but we bet you never knew that this fine city is the birthplace of the English language we use today.
Experts believe that 1,000 years ago in Leicester – the heart of England - the warring Anglo Saxons and Vikings set aside their differences and the two communities started sharing their trades and languages and helped to shape modern standard English.
If it weren’t for this, we would probably still use an Anglo-Saxon style of language more similar to German.
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