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Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Leicester’s university residences

Not just for students - anyone can book!

  • Staying in Leicester’s university residences is a convenient and affordable way to visit this historic English city
  • This is a great option for the budget conscious visitor to the city, with great value rooms starting from just £29 per person
  • An excellent alternative to a cheap Leicester hotel, these rooms are in a great location, perfect for exploring the city

Leicester Visitor information

An Introduction to Leicester

Leicester is well placed in the United kingdom giving easy access from all parts of the country. Leicester is within easy reach by air, trains or bus. Leicester is a unique city and a wonderful place to visit, with a superb range of visitor attractions, shopping, restaurants, cafes and bars. A city that combines the English traditions with multi-cultural activities in a cosmopolitan city. 

Leicester is an ancient city with a proud history stretching back over 2,000 years. Today, it offers a special blend of ancient and modern that makes it an exciting and attractive place to visit and explore.
There is an enormous range of places to visit and things to do appealing to young and old. Leicester’s sheer diversity is one of the many things that makes the city so interesting and vibrant.
Leicester is large enough to host a rich choice of arts, heritage, culture, attractions, shopping and cuisine but is easy to explore. Leicester is set within the heart of one of England’s most attractive counties with a truly beautiful, natural environment. 

Things to do in Leicester

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. It is the largest city in the East Midlands with a population of 330,000. Leicester is a diverse city rich in culture and in history. This is reflected by museums giving knowledge about Romans, machines and motors, science, dinosaurs and the natural and industrial world. Leicester's proud past and progressive future can be visible from a museum tour of this cosmopolitan city. 

Getting to Leicester 

By Road
Leicester lies on the M1 which carries road traffic from London to Leeds and the North. East to West it is served by the M69 which connects to and from the M6. Several major trunks roads connect Leicester to surrounding counties. Leicester is on Junctions 21 (south of city), 21A and 22 (north of city) of the M1 motorway.

By Air
The nearest public airport to Leicester is Nottingham East Midlands Airport. There is no direct rail link from the airport to Leicester: we would therefore recommend using a coach or taxi.

By Rail
Leicester is easy to get to by train. Midland Mainline runs frequent train services to and from London St Pancras. National Rail Enquiries - for timetables, journey planners and ticket sales:

History of Leicester

Leicester is a unique city and a wonderful place to visit, with a superb range of visitor attractions, shopping, bars and restaurants. It's a city that combines the finest English traditions with multi-cultural activities and the cosmopolitan buzz of city life.

Historic places to visit in Leicester

Leicester is well known as an important Roman settlement, and evidence of this can be seen at the Jewry Wall Museum in the city. Take a guided walk around Castle Park, Leicester's old town and see the medieval Guildhall and the Great Hall of Leicester Castle. Further afield visit the Battle of Bosworth Visitor Centre, and find out all about the battle that claimed the life of King Richard III. At Harborough Museum you can see the treasure that has been found in Hallaton which includes a Roman decorated helmet that has been restored at the British Museum.

The county boasts many splendid stately homes including the 17th century Stanford Hall, the majestic Belvoir Castle and the unique Calke Abbey.

The University

The University of Leicester is a research-led university. It has scientific research groups in the areas of astrophysics, biochemistry and genetics. The techniques used in Genetic fingerprinting were invented and developed at Leicester in 1985 by Sir Alec Jeffreys.

Literary connections include Kingsley Amis, who is believed to have partially based his novel lucky Jim on Leicester University. Amis is alleged to have been aspired to write the book when visiting his friend Phillip Larkin who was working at the university as a librarian at the time. Malcolm Bradbury also used Leicester as a basis for his satire on university life, Eating People Is Wrong.

Famous Alumni

Leicester's alumni include author Sir Malcolm Bradbury, actor and director Justin Chadwick, writer, broadcaster, comedian Pete McCarthy, MP Norman Lamb, England rugby union international Tony Underwood, broadcaster and author Sue Cook, philosopher William Hare.

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