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Destination guide

Experience all of Leicester from holiday lettings

For a holiday letting filled with historic, cultural and exciting activities, Leicester city is a vibrant place with plenty to taste, see and do. Whether you’d be more interested in the medieval ruins of Leicester Castle and the story of King Richard III, or the ultramodern national space centre, Leicester is right for you. Along with a host of museums, pubs, fine dining and international cultural traditions, Leicester is the ideal destination for families, groups, couples and solo travellers.

History

Heritage sites to explore by holiday homes in Leicester

Leicester offers an array of interesting historical sites to appreciate from holiday homes. Leicester can trace its background over two millennia to Celtic tribes who were then conquered by the Romans in the 2nd century AD. Archaeologists discovered a Roman cemetery in a bathhouse that you can visit. Another fascinating site is the 9th-century St Nicholas Church, which is wonderfully preserved despite its ruinous appearance. One of the most popular historic destinations is Leicester Castle, where you can still visit some of the 11th-century ruins. Abbey Park is a popular historic spot as it contains the 16th-century ruins of Leicester Abbey.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Leicester

Are you searching for top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Leicester a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Blaby Golf Centre (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Cosby Golf Club (6.8 mi / 10.9 km)
  • Stoney Cove Diving Centre (8.7 mi / 14 km)
  • Mallory Park (9 mi / 14.4 km)
  • Rushcliffe Golf Club (14.5 mi / 23.4 km)
  • Twycross Zoo (16.7 mi / 26.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Leicester

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Leicester is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Victoria Park (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Coombe Abbey Country Park (19.5 mi / 31.4 km)
  • Rutland Water Nature Reserve (19.8 mi / 31.9 km)
  • Kingsbury Water Park (24.4 mi / 39.3 km)
  • Fermyn Woods Country Park (25.7 mi / 41.3 km)
  • Stamford Meadows (27.4 mi / 44 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Leicester

The nearest airport is in East Midlands (EMA), located 15.5 mi (25 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Nottingham (NQT), which is 19.6 mi (31.6 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Leicester Station, Syston Station and Leicester Narborough Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Transport to and around your Leicester holiday cottage

International travellers could fly into the international airport at Castle Donington, which would allow for a short coach or rail ride into Leicester. The largest nearby airport is in London, which is still only about an hour by rail to Leicester. Leicester is well connected by railways, which can be utilised to travel from a neighbouring town or just across town. You’ll also find well-connected public bus transport. If you like the autonomy of a car hire, they are available at the international airports and in Leicester. One of the most scenic ways to tour Leicester and the surrounding countryside is cycling along the National Cycle Network Route 6.

Food & drink 

Taste delicacies of Leicester near your holiday letting

As you venture out of your holiday letting into the heart of Leicester, a host of fantastic cuisine awaits you. One of the most famous traditional dishes is a savoury pork pie, which is usually served cold as a snack or as part of a full breakfast on Christmas mornings in Leicester. Cheeses are a fine culinary tradition in Leicester such as the strong Blue Stilton or the Red Leicester. You’ll also likely want to stop by a local bakery to try a frangipane or curd tart. If you’re simply in the mood for a genuine ale, there are numerous local breweries that sell their wares in pubs and restaurants around town.

Essential info

Key facts for your holiday rental stay in Leicester

Leicester is a rather large city with a population of over 350,000 people. The Leicester region is considered safe, but as a larger city you want to avoid unsafe situations, and you can always approach a police officer or reach emergency services by dialling 999. As is the case when travelling, the safest and most convenient way to spend money is by using a major credit card. Even if you visit Leicester during the summer months, it’s a good idea to bring warmer clothing as the average highs only reach 55°C. Likewise, you probably want to bring an umbrella because summer rainfall averages between 60 and 80 mm.

How many holiday rentals are available around Leicester?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 115 holiday lettings around Leicester. From 62 flats & apartments to 32 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Leicester?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Leicester. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Highcross Shopping Centre: 221 holiday lettings
  • Leicester Cathedral: 222 holiday lettings
  • University of Leicester: 216 holiday lettings
  • De Montford Hall: 217 holiday lettings
  • Curve Theatre: 218 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Leicester listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Leicester?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 62 Flats in Leicester. Our other popular types of Leicester holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 32 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 12 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 12 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Leicester?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 3 holiday homes with pool available in Leicester. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.