20 Amazing Facts about Leicester
Set in the heart of England, Leicester is a city exploding with history, culture, outstanding natural beauty and some other great stuff to be really proud of!
In fact, we love our Leicester so very much that we thought we’d do a little research into creating a list of amazing facts about Leicester and Leicestershire for you to enjoy…
1. Leicester is the 10th largest city in the UK – even bigger than Nottingham and Newcastle!
2.It’s also one of the oldest cities in the UK, boasting a history that goes back 2,000 years.
3.You can’t talk about Leicester’s history without mentioning King Richard III, who spent his last night in Leicester before being killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
4.The body of King Richard III was brought back to Leicester after he was cut down in battle and his skeleton was recently discovered under a car park in Leicester city centre.
5.The remains of King Richard III were even more recently reinterred in a ceremony at Leicester Cathedral which followed a huge procession through the county.
6.Leicester was named Britain’s first environment city.
7.And, in keeping with the theme of firsts, Leicester also boasts Britain’s first mainland radio station – BBC Radio Leicester – which first broadcast in 1967.
8.Leicester is home to the National Space Centre – one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions.
9.Leicester Market is the biggest covered outdoor market in Europe.
10.Football favourite Gary Lineker’s family had a well loved stall on Leicester Market for many years.
11.Talking of sport, Leicester has some fine sporting prowess to be proud of, in the form of premiership super sides Leicester City Football Club and the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.
12.Leicester City holds the joint record for the most second-tier title triumphs, having won the First Division six times.
13.Since it was formed, LCFC has spent only one season outside of the top two tiers in England. When they entered League 1 in 2008/2009 they left pretty soon afterwards, having won the title in the process.
14.Leicester Tigers was founded in 1880 and has gone on to become one of the most successful and well-known rugby clubs in the world.
15.Despite the world renowned red, white and green that the Tigers play in today, their original club colours were in fact black.
16.Leicester is renowned for its diversity and vibrant culture. It plays host to the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India each year, as well as the Caribbean Carnival and Leicester Pride.
17.It’s the home of Walkers Crisps – a snack which is recognised the world over.
18.Leicester is also the home of the ‘chisit’ – a nickname given to the people of Leicester, because of the phrase “How much is it?” – which in the Leicester accent sounds like “I’m a chisit!”
19.One of Leicester’s most beautiful areas of natural beauty is Bradgate Park which houses “Old John” – a prominent folly lying on top of the park’s highest hill which can be seen from all over Leicester on a sunny day.
20.Leicester was also the birthplace of the father of the package holiday, Thomas Cook – and the first ever package tour took place from Leicester to Loughborough in 1841. (Rumour has it that the train journey was even quicker than it is today!)
A little bit about queen street location
If you’re looking to find out a little bit about the Queen Street location, it’s set in one of the most exciting and vibrant parts of Leicester city centre, in the heart of the Cultural Quarter. There’s just so much to see and do here for lovers of arts and entertainment – from the bars and restaurants to the Curve Theatre and Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre – that chances are you’ll rarely want to leave!