Trippy
 
  Questions  
Drive      Fly      Stay      Login    Signup
profile member asked on Jan 19, 2016

Things to do with limited time in Leicester

i will be in Leicester for a workshop for a few days. I will have limited time to see the city (probably only 1/2 day), what would be good to see for a textile crafts person who likes history, museums? Is it easy to get around on foot or would a bus be better?

Many thanks

Jane

Leicester

16 Answers


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

How lovely to see a question about Leicester! Where is your workshop based?

Yes, do walk unless you specifically want to take a bus outside the city to e.g. Bradgate Park (beautiful wild parkland plus the remains of Bradgate House...childhood home of Lady Jane Grey...but they will be closed at this time of year) or the National Space Centre:

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/

The historical centre of the city isn't huge and much is pedestrianised anyway. Walking will be much quicker than taking a bus.

1. Go to the cathedral. It's really just a big (and ancient) parish church which only gained cathedral status in 1927 but it has some super Medieval features inside as well as...of course..the new tomb of Richard lll:

http://leicestercathedral.org/

[original VT link]

[original VT link]

2. The new Richard lll exhibition centre is just across the way. I'm told it's very good though haven't been inside myself yet:

http://www.kriii.com/

3. If the Guildhall is open (it's right next to the cathedral) then it's definitely worth having an explore:

[original VT link]

4. If there's time after that, you have a choice of rather good city-centre museums to visit:

a) New Walk museum (furthest out from the centre, easily walkable), with dinosaurs, fossils, Ancient Egyptian artefacts & Victorian paintings:

leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and...

b) Newarke Houses:

leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and...

c) Jewry Wall (if you're not coming until Feb onwards). Superb local Roman artefacts including mosaics and wall-paintings, plus the excavated remains of Leicester's huge Roman baths complex:

leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and...

4. If the weather is decent and you fancy a good countryside walk, the Bosworth Battlefield Centre & the trail which leads around the battlefield site is well worth a visit. No buses run nearby though, so unless you've got your own car you'd need bus + walk (or taxi) to get there as well as walk to get around. Let me know if that appeals and I'll give you more info:

http://www.bosworthbattlefield.com/

[original VT link]

5. Sadly, the local museum which had a particular textile focus...Snibston Discovery Centre..closed last year.

A walk along Belgrave Road (better to take a bus, as it's a bit of a way outside the centre) will take you to numerous sari shops and their exquisite fabrics (as well as some of the best Indian restaurants in the country) but that's about the only textile-related thing in Leicester I can think of at the moment.

[original VT link]


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

Home turf for once.......


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Yes...only about the third time in 11+ years! But it is called 'the forgotten city' so I shouldn't really be surprised...... :-)


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

Well they did forget a king buried there somewhere....


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Very true! :-))


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
a VT member from Caldonazzo

What about to plan a meeting in Leicester?


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I'd thought of it in the past, Maurizio, but it's not really an easy place to get to and accomm is rather limited (and not cheap). It's just not the sort of city that has many visitors, so the infrastructure for visitors isn't really there.

But maybe I'll think about it again....... :-)


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
a VT member from Caldonazzo

Good!


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
a VT member from Belfast

Well, I don't know why Leicester is the 'forgotten city' - it looks like there is plenty to see and do! And many are free! Thank you for your quick responses.

My workshop is in Arnesby and it isn't until April so presumably the weather will be better and more things will be open. I will be arriving by train from Manchester and considering an Air B&B stay. I have never stayed anywhere with Air B&B but I know people who have and recommend it so I thought I would try it.


profile
answered on 1/19/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Time of year isn't really relevant and the weather is 100% unpredictable! The only thing that isn't open at the moment is Jewry Wall museum. Bradgate House only opens for short periods of time anyway, usually weekends, and is likely to be too far for you to make a half-day trip from Arnesby.

Leicester is a fascinating city in itself. It is massively multi-cultural and happily so, still has an outdoor (roofed) market where stallholders call their wares and there's excellent shopping, if that's your thing.

But Arnesby is a tiny village around 10 miles from Leicester and there is no bus service to the city. In fact, there is no bus service to and from the village at all.

Will your workshop providers also be providing transport? If not, I fear you may have to resort to taxis, which certainly won't be cheap. Use a local mini-cab firm rather than the taxis which stand outside the station. Both types of transport are licensed by local councils but minicabs cannot 'ply for hire' (i.e. stand outside railway stations etc). they can only be called by phone and their rates are (slightly) cheaper.

You won't find a great deal of Airbnb accomm in and around Leicester. Do be careful with your choice because although the historical heart of Leicester is quite small the city itself is large. You don't want to be stuck miles from the centre without a nearby bus service. Ask me for advice if you like. If you want to send me a personal message just click my username and then click the 'Message' box on my profile page.


profile
answered on 4/12/16 by
a VT member from Belfast

Resurrecting this post as I am leaving in a couple of days. Can't wait to see the home of the next Premiership winners, LOL. I am flying in to East Midlands (change of plans, I didn't go to Manchester last weekend) and it appears I can either train it or bus it to Leicester. Is the bus service good? Once in Leicester, I need to get a bus to my accommodation in Wigston, is it easy enough to do this from the centre of Leicester or would a taxi be better?

Ta!


profile
answered on 4/12/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Hi again

Not sure why you think you can get a train? The airport doesn't have a station.

Use the dedicated Skylink bus service. Here's the info & timetables:

trentbarton.co.uk/services/s...

If you've got bags you can expect to be landside at East Mids around 30-40 minutes after touchdown (landing time is touchdown time). If you just have cabin bags you'll be quicker.

The bus stops right outside the terminal (it's all signed) and will drop you at St Margaret's bus station in Leicester, where you can easily get a bus to Wigston as long as you're not arriving very late in the evening.

Here are the Leicester > Wigston timetables, plus route map and info:

arrivabus.co.uk/midlands/ser...

Buses run frequently but if you are arriving very late use the journeyplanner below to find out whether you'll need to get a taxi:

arrivabus.co.uk/journeyplann...


profile
answered on 4/13/16 by
a VT member from Belfast

But the trains go everywhere in England! LOL! I noticed train stations around Leicester but never checked if they went to the airport. Doh!

Thank you so much for the bus route and timetable. I now have an idea of where I am going in relation to the bus journey.

You have been a huge help - thank you!


profile
answered on 4/13/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

The trains do indeed go everywhere...but only to places which have a railway station! :-))

You are more than welcome, of course. Do ask if you need any more info...and I hope you have a super course & visit to Leicester.

Here's a bit of info abut East Mids (a little airport which I really like and use often):

[original VT link]

They've done up the airside area so there are quite a lot of shops and several places to eat...but still only one small cafe landside. Do get there in plenty of time for your return flight. If it's early in the morning security can be very slow. You can buy a 'fast track' ticket from a machine at the entrance to security (costs 3GBP, card only) and imo it's well worth 3GBP just to avoid standing in a queue for 30+ minutes! :-)


profile
answered on 6/10/16 by
a VT member from Belfast

I haven't gotten around to doing a page for Leicester yet but wanted to say that I really enjoyed my stay there. It was very easy to get to the city centre from the airport and I found the bus drivers very friendly (especially the one that drove to South Wigston - he was from NI originally and gave me a guided tour!). Leicester is very underrated! Thanks again for all your help.


profile
answered on 6/10/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit. As you say, the city really is underrated! :-)

Go to NEW Leicester questions

or browse older Leicester travel answers


Find answers:  



   
Questions   ·   Destinations   ·   Drive   ·   Fly   ·   Airports   ·   Stay   ·   Search

Login   ·   About   ·   FAQ   ·   Feedback   ·   Privacy   ·   Terms