Discover Roman Ruins And The Confusing Death Of A Monarch
Whether you’re after historical landmarks that tell stories spanning two centuries, or you’re hungry for some British classics, Leicester has plenty to offer as one of the oldest cities in England. You can find remains of the Roman city in the Abbey Pumping Station Museum, notably pieces of Roman water pipes, or remains of 2nd century Roman baths in the Jewry Wall Museum. A short walk away, you will find the 11th century motte of Leicester Castle and its Turret Gateway. You can also find out the bizarre story behind the remains of King Richard III – the last English king killed in battle. His skeleton was discovered under the choir of a church in 2012 and the King Richard III Visitor Centre is a place dedicated to his story. For those who love pondering about interstellar travel, the National Space Centre is a great day out. If you feel peckish and want to taste an absolute British classic, Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe is one of the oldest remaining bakers of the pork pie and even hosts history lessons about the treat.
Explore The East Midlands Wilderness
Leicester is also surrounded by the beautiful East Midlands countryside, filled with places where you can rest after experiencing the lively city. One of the most popular places to visit for great views of Leicester is Bradgate Park. Its 830 acres of parkland with streams, a reservoir, a beautiful folly named Old John Tower and roaming deer. The park is also home to Bradgate House, a 16th century brick great house that is believed to be the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey. If you want to see over 1000 animals including some endangered species, the Twycross Zoo is a 45-minute drive from the centre of Leicester and it’s a great day out. On the way to the zoo, you can also stop off in Desford to visit Tropical Birdland – a place where you can get up close and personal with a wide range of exotic birds. For active days out, you can visit Wistow Maze famed for its varied layouts that make up pictures when viewed from the sky, drive down to Rutland Water for a plethora of water sports or take a go-kart for a spin at Stretton Circuit. No matter what your plans are for Leicester, an Enterprise rental can get you there quickly and comfortably, so get a quote above and make your trips an even more relaxing experience.