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Leicestershire & Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland

Leicestershire and Rutland, nestled in the heart of England, offer a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty to enchant every traveler. Explore the rich heritage of Leicester, with its ancient Roman ruins and medieval Guildhall. Discover the captivating landscapes of Rutland, Britain's smallest county, dotted with picturesque villages and serene lakes. Immerse yourself in traditional markets, sample local cuisine, and visit iconic landmarks like Leicester Cathedral and Rutland Water. The region's warm hospitality welcomes visitors to indulge in diverse experiences, from historic castles to charming countryside walks, making Leicestershire and Rutland a perfect destination for an unforgettable getaway.

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No visit to our area is complete without spending some time in the company of one of our qualified Blue Badge tourist guides. 

With a rich and diverse history, our local experts are ready to share stories, snippets and secrets to help make the most of your visit. 

From Romans to the recent discovery of Richard III, nobody tells it like we do!


For more information, contact or call +44 (0)7733 535 553

Leicester and Leicestershire Guided Walks and Tours

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Discover Charnwood

Charnwood has it all! From the markets, independent shops and visitor attractions of Loughborough to the stunning varied countryside, including Bradgate Park.

The ideal central location for a group day or overnight visit. 


Discover Melton

Follow the Royal Mile Trail and discover Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe and a 1,000-year-old street market. Enjoy pork pie making experiences, brewery, and vineyard tours. Visit Belvoir Castle and a 200-year-old windmill.

Melton is the embodiment of the rural countryside with much to Discover!

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Great Central Railway
Relive the romance of the railways with a trip on our heritage trains between Loughborough and Leicester. Explore our stations, get up close to the engines, enjoy refreshments on board as the Leicestershire scenery slips by. Award-winning special events!Opening Times: Trains run every weekend plus weekdays in the summer.Tel: 01509 230 726

King Richard III Visitor Centre
Leicester’s King Richard III Visitor Centre is a great place for groups to visit. 

If you are planning to visit in a group size of 15 or more we offer the following advantages:

  • Dedicated group booking office

  • Personal welcome by a member of our Visitor Services team

  • Free entry for tour leader and coach driver

  • Free familiarisation visit for group leaders on confirmation of booking

Tel: 0116 229 4132​ Web:

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Visit Leicester

Leicester and Leicestershire tell some of England’s most unique and unusual stories. Groups can uncover the story of a city and county with over 2,000 years of history. You’re guaranteed a traditional ‘taste’ of  England and a landscape of woodland and waterways perfect for gentle adventures.  Contact:

Abbey Park

Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AQ. A serene place with beautiful gardens, historic ruins, boating lake, and pets corner. Ideal for leisurely strolls.  +44 116 454 1000. Group discounts: No.

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

South St, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1BR. A historic castle offering a glimpse into medieval times. +44 370 333 1181. Group discounts: Yes.

Belvoir Castle

Grantham NG32 1PE. An impressive Regency castle with beautiful gardens and a stunning art collection. +44 1476 871001. Group discounts: Yes.

Bradgate Park

Newtown Linford, Leicester LE6 0HE. The historic deer park with stunning vistas, ancient oaks, and ruins. +44 116 236 2713. Group discounts: No.

Charnwood Museum

Queens Park, Loughborough LE11 3DU. Features artefacts from Charnwood’s past, with interactive displays about history, geology, and wildlife. +44 1509 233754. Group discounts: No.


Rawdon Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch DE12 6GA. An outdoor adventure centre with interactive exhibits about nature and conservation.  +44 1283 216633. Group discounts: Yes.

Donington Park

Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP. Famous racing circuit and concert venue. 1332 810048. Group discounts: Varies.

Foxton Locks

Gumley Rd, Foxton, Market Harborough LE16 7RA. A series of ten locks on the Grand Union Canal. +44 1858 540628. Group discounts: No.


Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ. A fascinating 14th-century building filled with history and legend. +44 116 253 2569. Group discounts: No.

Jewry Wall Museum

156 St Nicholas Cir, Leicester LE1 4LB. Showcases Leicester's Roman history with ancient artefacts and exhibits. +44 116 225 4971. Group discounts: No

Launde Abbey

East Norton, Leicester LE7 9XB. A historic house and retreat centre with stunning gardens. +44 1572 717254. Group discounts: No.

Leicester Cathedral

Peacock Ln, Leicester LE1 5DE. A beautiful Anglican cathedral, also the resting place of King Richard III. 116 261 5200. Group discounts: No.

Leicester City Football Club

King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL. Home of Leicester City FC. Offers stadium tours.  +44 116 229 4555. Group discounts: Yes.

Market Harborough Museum

Adam and Eve St, Market Harborough LE16 7LT. Showcases local history, including the Hallaton Treasure.  +44 116 305 3627. Group discounts: No.

Melton Carnegie Museum

Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray LE13 1RB. Explores the cultural history of Melton Mowbray. +44 116 305 3860. Group discounts: No.

National Space Centre

Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS. A modern museum focusing on space exploration. 116 261 Group discounts: Yes.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA. Houses a wide array of art and historic artefacts.  +44 116 225 4900. Group discounts: No.

Rutland Water +44 1572 653026. Group discounts: Yes.

Snibston Discovery Museum

Ashby Rd, Coalville LE67 3LN. Engaging science and industry museum. +44 1530 278444. Group discounts: Yes.

Stonehurst Family Farm

Bond Ln, Mountsorrel, Loughborough LE12 7AA. A working family farm with a collection of vintage cars. Website: +44 1509 413216. Group discounts: Yes.

Swithland Wood and The Brand

Swithland, Loughborough LE12 8TJ. A picturesque woodland ideal for nature lovers. 

The King's Centre

Main Rd, Wigston, Leicester LE18 1PA. A multi-use community centre hosting numerous events. 116 288 2015. Group discounts: Varies.

Twycross Zoo

Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX. Renowned for its collection of primates, it offers a unique and educational day out. 1827 883140. Group discounts: Yes.

Ulverscroft Nature Reserve

Priory Ln, Ulverscroft, Markfield LE67 9PH. A nature reserve offering tranquil walks.  +44 116 262 9968. Group discounts: No.

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Glebe Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 2LD. Features an extensive array of plants, sculptures and greenhouses.  +44 116 252 3394. Group discounts: No.

Watermead Country Park

Wanlip Rd, Syston, Leicester LE7 1PD. A beautiful park with lakes, birdlife, and a statue of a mammoth.  +44 116 305 5000. Group discounts: No.

Wistow Maze

Kibworth Rd, Wistow, Leicester LE8 0QF. A large maize maze that changes annually also features a model village. 116 259 2009. Group discounts: Yes.

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