The first time I visited Leicester was when I was thinking about studying at the University. The Museum Studies department there is second to none. It struck me as a completely different place to what I had expected and we had a lovely day there. Following that I’ve been back quite a few times, partly because New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in central Leicester is one of the best museums in the country. One particular highlight is The Den, the special area for under 5s. It also has a brilliant collection of Ancient Egyptian stuff which is always of interest.
Leicester is also home to the National Space Centre which is well worth a visit. Its a brilliant learning experience which the kids always enjoy and there are lots of things going on this summer.
I’m planning on a trip this summer as Leicester has a new attraction in the King Richard III Visitor Centre. As an archaeologist I cant wait to see this new gallery and see how they have interpreted the process of archaeology in their displays. Of course we will also go and see the place of internment. I’m hoping that this might bring my career alive to them in a way which a standard museum visit wont. I shall feed back on that!
Its nice to turn a visit to somewhere like this into a short city break. That way you don’t have to endure 2 really long train journeys or car rides in a day. One option is to grab a family room at the Holiday Inn Leicester which is on the river and close to most of the things you’ll be keen to do.
Please let me know what you’d recommend us to visit next time we visit, I’m keen in particular to get restaurant recommendations as we tend to stick with tried and tested and it would be good to try something new.
Disclosure: This is a featured post. However, these are all things we enjoy doing with our children and its somewhere we like to visit regularly.