Why just make a living, when you can make a life?
From your morning run alongside the meandering course of the River Soar right the way through to sharing evening drinks and laughs with friends as the sun sets over the city, Leicester is a place where you can truly relax and feel at home. Find peaceful solitude in nature or lose yourself in a thriving live music scene; enjoy fine art and fine dining, world class theatre, elite sport, family attractions and experiences from as far afield as the Indian subcontinent and outer space.
Residents of Leicester enjoy a vibrant cultural scene, some of the best shopping in the UK and world class sport all in an affordable city with excellent travel links. Find out more about the city below...
Leicester and the surrounding area can offer you not only a high quality of life but also a quality, affordable home. With average East Midlands house prices cheaper than the UK average, Leicester is the place to get more value for your money. So whether you picture yourself in a modern city apartment, a beautiful Edwardian house or a traditional country cottage, your perfect home is within your reach.
Leicester’s schools can provide the best start in life for your child. The city is committed to continually improving teaching, learning, leadership and management in schools and colleges so that parents can make the right choice about their children's education.
In Leicester, we know that education doesn’t just mean finding the best for your child. Leicester’s proximity to established higher and further education institutions makes the area the perfect place to enhance your own skills and knowledge.
The city is home to two world-class universities, the University of Leicester and De Montfort University. The world-renown sporting facilities of Loughborough University are also within the county limits, meaning there is a pool of knowledge and talent in the area.
Leicester and Leicestershire NHS trust are one of the biggest NHS trusts in the country, with their nationally renowned specialist treatments including cardio-respiratory diseases, cancer and renal disorders. Care is spread over Leicester General Hospital, Glenfield Hospital and the Leicester Royal Infirmary, which houses a dedicated Children’s Hospital. The hospitals work closely with both universities in the city order develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to work in the city’s hospitals. As well as our hospitals, there are over 70 NHS registered GPs in the city to keep you and your family healthy and happy.
One of the many advantages of living in or around Leicester is that, being right at the centre of England, you will benefit from the region’s excellent road, rail and air links. The city is at the heart of the national road network, with all major UK cities being easily accessible, London St. Pancras just one hour away by rail and East Midlands airport within 30 minutes’ drive – making it an excellent base from which to travel.
Culture & Heritage
Built on the site of two millennia of history, Romans, Saxons, Tudors and Victorians amongst others have all left their mark on Leicester, helping to weave the rich historical tapestry of the city.
The discovery of the remains of King Richard sparked a revival of interest in the city’s heritage, and a fascinating Visitor Centre can now be found on the site of the world-renown discovery. Completing the poignant experience is the King’s final resting place, just a few metres away in Leicester Cathedral.
Leicester is a vibrant and inclusive city with plenty to offer anyone looking for a culture-fix.
The city hosts variety of festivals and events, the most famous of which is our Diwali celebrations. The streets of Leicester truly come to life each autumn; the festival of lights is so popular that Leicester is illuminated with some of the largest celebrations outside of India. While Diwali, Bonfire night and Christmas celebrations light the dark winter nights, Leicester’s lively festivals calendar continues all year round. In February enjoy a huge variety of events and performances at Leicester's Comedy Festival. Bring your family on a dragon hunt at St. George’s festival in April or relax by the city’s waterways at the Riverside festival in June. Round off summer with 10-days of entertainment including sports, culture, music, art, heritage and more, all in the heart of the city.
Leisure & nightlife
The heart of the city is Leicester’s shopping core. From the 800 year old market which is one of the biggest in Europe to the independent boutiques, arcades and eateries of The Lanes and the Highcross shopping complex with its four-storey John Lewis store, Leicester’s sterling retail offers sprawls out in all directions from the iconic 146 year-old Clock Tower.
It is well known that some of the best curries in the UK can be found in Leicester – our Indian restaurants have the awards to prove it! But there is so much variety in the city waiting to be discovered. When it comes to the food scene, Leicester more than holds its own. From higher end modern British and European restaurants, bistros and cafe-bars to more informal and traditionally British pubs and Ale Houses, there’s a whole world of food a flavour waiting to be discovered. Leicester’s bar scene is rapidly expanding – perfect for those looking for a relaxed environment for evening socialising. Boutique gin joints, chic cocktail clubs and sophisticated champagne bars sit alongside traditional real ale pubs – enough to quench your thirst whatever your tipple of choice.
Leicester’s live music scene offers an extensive choice of venues for the discerning gig-goer. The city’s most famous musical export, Kasabian, began their journey to stardom in Leicester’s buzzing live music bars. The Musician, the Shed, the Donkey, the Soundhouse, Firebug… all potential stepping stones on the way to glory – not just for the local boys, but acts as big as Oasis, the Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead and the Libertines have all honed their craft on Leicester’s stages. Larger venues such as O2 academy and De Montfort Hall host local talent through to international stars and live acts. So whatever entertains you, be prepared for some great nights out.
Sports fans will be spoilt for choice; this city lives and breathes for its sporting teams. People here are rightly proud of the city’s prestigious sporting history. Our football club, which has been home to many of the sport’s greats such as local hero Gary Lineker and England legend Gordon Banks, are basking in the glory of being crowned Premier League champions in 2016, whilst the formidable Leicester Tigers continue from strength to strength as the best supported and most successful club in English rugby.
Whether you want to while away peaceful summer days watching first-class cricket at Grace Road or be part of the electric atmosphere at the Leicester Riders new 2,300 seat basketball arena, a love of sport is deeply ingrained in the city and there’s always room for new faces, young and old – so pick your sport and join the club.
Escape to the country
In the throbbing heart of the city it’s hard to believe you are only a short trip from open countryside, but it’s true: you are only ever a small step from enjoying fresh, clean air in your lungs, revelling in the soothing beauty of nature and drinking in still and peaceful surroundings. You can enjoy great days out in the stunning Leicestershire countryside, from cycling around Rutland Water, one of largest man-made lakes in Europe, to exploring the exotic species at Twycross Zoo. You can even explore Leicestershire on horseback, with off-road bridleways available from which to discover the spectacular scenery and market villages. From a thriving urban metropolis to tranquil country oasis, welcome to city life with space to breathe.