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Outsider’s guide to…Leicester

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Got your mind set on a UK road trip this summer? Or are you simply looking for somewhere new to spend a weekend? Here at Europcar we love nothing more than getting behind the wheel and exploring some of the UK’s best towns and cities. This month we’ve set our sights on the East Midlands, with a specific focus on Leicester – one of the oldest cities in the land.

With over 2,000 years of history up its sleeve, Leicester has plenty to offer in terms of arts, culture and heritage, not to mention a host of modern attractions. Its beautiful Midlands surroundings mean there’s plenty to see and do outside of the city too, making it the ideal destination for those looking to do a bit of exploring from behind the wheel.

So pre-book your car hire in Leicester today and discover it all in your own time with our guide to Leicester and East Midlands.

Space exploration

Just a couple of miles north of Leicester city centre, the National Space Centre replica iwc watches a fantastic interactive experience which is sure to delight wannabe astronauts and curious minds alike. As you turn off the A6 you can’t help but take notice of the 42 metre-tall Rocket Tower; the home of two full sized rockets which demonstrate the mechanics behind a real-life launch.

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Elsewhere you’ll find the UK’s largest planetarium, six interactive galleries, 3D simulators and a host of hands-on challenges designed to put both young and old to the test.  The National Space Centre is the perfect place in which to start your tour of the area, so hire a car in Leicester and kick your journey off in style.

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Image by Matt Preston

 

Bradgate Park

Keeping to the north of Leicester, Bradgate Park is just a short 20 minute drive from the city and offers you the chance to stretch your legs in 830 acres of beautiful Leicestershire countryside.

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Image by Martin Godfrey

 

Stroll along the oak tree-lined banks of The River on the lower side of the park or drop by the visitor centre for a detailed insight into the history of Bradgate. You can also check out the nearby ruins of Bradgate House, recognised as one of the first brick-built homes in England and the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey – who reigned as Queen of England for a whopping nine days back in 1553.

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Staunton Harold Church

Despite its 2000 year history, Leicester is a thriving metropolis with all the amenities you’d expect from a modern UK city. However, a short drive out of town in any given direction will take you into the beautiful rural Midlands – which just so happens to be the ideal place to test out your hire car. So why not hit the country roads and head north to Staunton Harold Church? replica longines watches 1653, this marvellous structure has stood sandwiched between Leicestershire’s gentle rolling hills and a quaint lake; just the ticket for an afternoon walk.

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Image by Peter Black

 

Take advantage of the free admission and admire the fantastic oil painting in the ceiling which dates back to 1655. From there you can embark on several mapped walks around the Staunton Harold Estate, before enjoying a bite to eat at the Ferrers Centre.

Golden Mile

Of course, no visit to a new city is complete without sampling some of its culinary offerings. A visit to Belgrave Road just to the north of the city centre is a must, particularly for those with a soft spot for Indian food and fashion. To local curry aficionados it’s simply known as ‘The Golden Mile’; home to dozens of authentic Indian restaurants and the largest collection of Indian jewellery shops outside of India. You’ll also find a range of stores selling traditional Indian clothing, foods and spices – for the latter, simply follow the heavenly scents that fill the shop doorways. Whether you’re looking to satisfy your hunger cravings with a tasty Tikka Masala, or simply fancy a shiny new bit of bling, the Golden Mile is just the ticket.

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Image by Divya Kudua

 

Snibston Discovery Museum

Snibston Discovery Museum has been a favourite with Leicestershire families for years, thanks to a combination of fascinating exhibitions and interactive activities. This place will sit particularly well with any budding engineers you may have in the backseat, with over 500 years of technological innovation presented across a variety of exhibits. Check out everything from old mining tools to jet engines and railways. You’ll also find the largest fashion display outside London, whilst nature lovers can head outside into the Country Park for nature walks and play areas. You can even hop aboard the Heritage Railway on selected days for a ride on an old locomotive engine.replica hermes watches

 

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