Flights to Leicester
Leicester is a city filled with British history, and many of the attractions reflect the rich past of the area. Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the country, founded as Ratae Coritanorum by the Romans. It’s easy to walk to many parts of the city centre, and public transportation can help you get around without a car.
The airport for flights to Leicester is the East Midlands Airport (airport code: EMA), and there is a public bus service to the airport. Several major airlines fly to Leicester but all have 2 connections in their routes. South African Airways and SwissAir both offer the same flight to Leicester, through Zurich and Brussels. Egyptair also goes through Brussels but their first stop is in Cairo. Most flights to Leicester are around 20 hours long, though some routes are a few hours shorter.
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The Tourist Attractions of Leicester:
National Space Centre
A one-of-a-kind attraction, the National Space Centre is the only space facility in the UK. They have a huge planetarium and more than 150 interactive exhibits that will entertain adults and kids alike. Learn about the planets, the universe and space exploration. There are admission costs, but kids under 5 are free. The centre is open 7 days a week during the summer, and closed on Mondays during the winter months.
The Jewry Wall is a 2,000 year old ruin of a Roman bathhouse, located near St. Nicholas Circle. The site is the second largest such Roman construction in Britain. You can see the foundations that outline much of the bathhouse, along with the Jewry Wall itself that would have stood between the cold room of the bathhouse and the gymnasium. Also on the site is a museum with more information and artefacts from the Roman period of the area. Admission is free, and the museum is open daily from February to October.
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
Just a few minutes walk from the city centre, the New Walk Museum and Gallery has a mix of historic and artistic exhibits for the whole family to explore. There is a dinosaur gallery, astronomy displays and a collection of ancient Egyptian items too. It’s free to visit and they are open 7 days a week, but usually get busiest at the weekends.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
Learn about medieval times, knights and battle at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. The 15th century Battle of Bosworth took place on this site, where King Richard III was killed and the reign of the Tudor’s began. Today, there is a museum filled with archaeological remains from the area, where you can see more about life in the Middle Ages. Watch for events, workshops and re-enactments that take place frequently through the year. The park is closed in January though. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant on the grounds.
When Should You Visit?:
Generally, the weather in Leicester is temperate and mild which makes it a good destination for year-round travel. Summers are very warm but seldom get uncomfortably hot. The hottest month is July with an average high temperature of around 22C (72F). Local weather can be changeable, so it’s always a good idea to pack a mix of clothing and have a jacket handy should it turn cool.