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Ashby de la Zouch Tourist Information Centre

North Street, Ashby-de-La-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 411767 Alternate Tel: 01530 454 601 Fax: 01530 560 660
Email: ashby.tic@nwleices.gov.uk Map Open all year inc Bank Holidays . In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 15.00pm. Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday: 10.00 - 15.00pm
Coalville Tourist information Centre

Snibston Discovery Park Ashby Road Coalville Leicestershire LE67 3LN Tel: +44 (0) 1530 813 608 Open all year inc Bank Holidays In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 18.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 18.00, Sunday: 10.00 - 18.00 Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00 Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00
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Hinckley Library Lancaster Road Hinckley Leicestershire LE10 0AT Tel: 01455 635 106 Fax: 01455 251 385
Email: hinckleytic@leics.gov.uk Map Open all year. Closed Bank Holidays In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 9.30am - 16.00pm Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 9.30am - 16.00pm
Leicester National Space Centre

Exploration Drive LE4 5NS Leicester Tel: 0116 261 0261 Fax: (0116) 258 2100

Leicester Tourist information Centre

7-9 Every Street Town Hall Square Leicester LE1 6AG Tel: +44 (0) 116 299 8888 Fax: 01162 221 534
Email: info@goleicestershire.com Map Open all year inc Bank Holidays In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00am - 17.30pm, Saturday: 9.00am - 17.00pm Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00am - 17.30pm, Saturday: 9.00am - 17.00pm
Loughborough Tourist information Centre

Town Hall Market Place Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 3EB Tel: +44 (0) 1509 218 113 Fax: 01509 240617
Email: tic@charnwoodbc.gov.uk Map Open all year. Closed Bank Holidays In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00am - 16.00pm, Saturday: 10.00am - 16.00pm Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00am - 16.00pm, Saturday: 10.00am - 16.00pm
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Council Offices Adam & Eve Street Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7AG MapTel: +44 (0) 1858 821 270
Melton Mowbray Tourist information Centre

Windsor House Windsor Street Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE13 1BU Tel: +44 (0) 1664 480 992 LE13 1XA Fax: 01664 480 992
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Flore's House 34 High Street Oakham Rutland LE15 6AL
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Sykes Lane Empingham Nr. Oakham Rutland LE15 8PX Tel: 01572 653026 Alternate Tel: Accommodation bookings: 01572 653026 Fax: 01572 653027
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Staying in University of Leicester accommodation is a convenient and affordable way to stay in Leicester.  With centrally-located bed and breakfast (B&B) rooms from £29, it is a cost effective alternative to staying in a hostel or a hotel.  Rooms are available mainly in the easter (mid-March to mid-April) and summer vacation periods (July, August, September), when students clear their rooms.  Rooms typically become available two to three months in advance, so please revisit the website within that period if nothing is available now.

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"Ashby" is a word of Anglo-Danish origins, meaning "Ash Farm". The unusual name of Ashby de la Zouch is derived from the Breton nobleman, who inherited the estate through marriage in the 12th century. Ashby developed into a Spa town in the 19th century, it has a long wide main street, with fine Elizabethan half-timbered houses and delightful bow fronted Georgian shops.In 1464 the town and castle came into the possession of the Hastings family. Later the town was one of the Royalists' "chief garrisons" under the control of Colonel Henry Hastings, 1st Baron Loughborough and commander of the North Midlands Army. When the town fell after a long siege in March, 1646 it was counted a great relief to the surrounding towns and villages.

The parish church, St Helens, houses a rare 300 year-old finger pillory, which may have been used to punish people misbehaving in church.Many of the buildings in Market Street, the town's main thoroughfare, have timber framing, but most of this is hidden by later brick facades. The "Bull's Head" pub retains the original Elizabethan half-timbering. There are also Regency buildings in this street.Bath Street has a row of Classical-style houses dating from the time that the town was a spa. 

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North Street, Ashby-de-La-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1HU 
Email: ashby.tic@nwleices.gov.uk Map Open all year inc Bank Holidays . In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 15.00pm. Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday: 10.00 - 15.00pm

Tel: 01530 411767

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Fax: 01530 560 660

Ashby Canal

Visit the Ashby Canal at Moira from Bath Yard Basin at Conkers Waterside to beyond Moira Furnace. Boat trips from the Furnace (ring to check). Walks leaflet available.

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Ashby Canal, Moira, DE12


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Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle
Ashby de la Zouch Castle belonged to Lord Hastings in the 15th Century. The setting for many of the jousting scenes in Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Ivanhoe'. See the impressive ruin of the late medieval Castle. Climb the impressive 78 ft (24 metre) high Hastings Tower and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Explore the kitchen tunnel and listen to an amusing account of the castle's history on audio tour.
Ashby Castle
South Street
LE65 1BR | View map

Tel: 0871 716 1941
Ashby De La Zouch Library
The Library is in an old school building on North Street, between Ivanhoe Community College and the Health Centre, in front of Hood Park.
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E-mail : ashbydelazouchlibrary@leics.gov.uk
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch Museum
Opened in 1982, the collection at the main town museum is one of the finest in the area and is certainly the definitive source of knowledge for those wishing to find out more about the community. Filled with interesting artefacts, documents and pictures from the history of Ashby, visitors will be treated to a real experience as they walk through times gone by and marvel at the collection.
Ashby Museum
North Street
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Tel: +44 (0) 1530 - 560090
Bluebell Arboretum
We specialise in trees and shrubs, including very rare and unusual varieties.
We also have a beautiful three acre arboretum full of choice plants that is open to the public all year round.We have an excellent and reliable mail order service and can send plants by overnight courier to your door at any time of year.
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Annwell Lane

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Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts
Situated amidst the beauty and tranquility of a quintessential English landscape with its lakes and woodlands you will find the Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, housed in the original Georgian Stable block at the rear of Staunton Harold Hall.This thriving community offers the visitor an opportunity to experience the working and retail environments of crafts people. Here traditional skills mix harmoniously alongside more contemporary studios and workshops. The Centre has a tearoom and the Ferrers Gallery also runs a year round exhibition programme.
Ferrers Centre For Arts & Crafts

Staunton Harold, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1RU


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The Ferrers Gallery
promotes the very best in British Contemporary Craft and Applied Arts. Situated in the picturesque and tranquil valley of Staunton Harold at the heart of the National Forest the Ferrers Gallery has three floors of jewellery, textiles, glass, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork and paintings. The gallery nestles within the courtyard of the Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts and is surrounded by stunning scenery with permitted pathways past Staunton Harold Hall, lake and National Trust Church.

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Melbourne Road, Staunton Harold, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1RU


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Moira Furnace

An early 19th century iron-making furnace. New interactive displays relate to the iron making process, the industries of Moira and the story of its inhabitants.There is also a restored section of Ashby Canal near the site so you may wish to enjoy a boat trip. The furnace adjoins a 50 acre newly planted Woodland Park.There are a few craft workshops including: Furnace Lane Pottery, Glover Cues and the Furnace Tea Rooms.

Moira Furnace

Furnace Lane, Moira, nr Ashby, Leicestershire, DE12 6AT


Tel: 01283 224667

Willesley Lake

Willesley lake and parkland was formerly part of the Willesley Hall estate, home of the Hastings family. Although the hall has long since been demolished the parkland at the eastern end of the site is a remnant of the former estate lands whcih stretch to the edge of Ashby in avenues of Lime trees. The site was acquired by the Woodland Trust in 1991.

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Willesley, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65

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is a village and civil parish in the Melton district   It is close to the county boundary, the nearest town being Grantham in Lincolnshire (eight miles east of the village).The parish includes the villages of Belvoir, Knipton and Harston. Nearby places outside the parish are Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Redmile, and Croxton Kerrial.The village is the site of Belvoir Castle and so gives its name to the Vale of Belvoir.


Belvoir Castle
The first Belvoir Castle was built by William the Conqueror’s standard bearer in the 11th century. Home to the Duke of Rutland, the Castle enjoys breathtaking views and houses an impressive collection of period furniture and porcelain, together with paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Holbein and Poussin. Extensive grounds include the Spring Gardens, dating from the 1800s, recently restored by the Duchess of Rutland and now open to visitors.
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Blaby is a village  , some five miles south of Leicester city centre and with a population of around 6,240 (2001 figures).

Its name probably came Old Norse Blábýr = "farmstead or village belonging to a man named Blár". The -r is a case ending. There seems to have been a dense patch of Viking settlement in Leicestershire, although some records indicate origin of the village's name were from the first vicar, these can be found in the Blaby Library.While there are few buildings of outstanding historical or architectural interest, old Blaby is a conservation area, it contains some ancient and picturesque dwellings and has a charming 'olde worlde' feel. Old Blaby also contains The Baker's Arms, a thatched public house that dates back to 1485 and is thus the second oldest pub in Britain  .To the South of the Bakers Arms stands Bouskell Park - a nature park with a 19th Century ice house.Otherwise 'new' Blaby is less a village than a suburb of Greater Leicester, with most shops and amenitites standing on the A426 between Leicester to the north and Lutterworth to the south. Fosse Park shopping centre and the M1 and M69 motorways are just a few miles away.

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Blaby Library

This local library is a very important part of the community and is one of the centres of social and cultural life in Blaby. It offers a wealth of interesting information for those who are keen on learning more about this area and the way that it has developed and changed throughout the years. The library also offers all of the usual lending facilities and a great selection of dvds and books.


Lutterworth Road, Blaby, Leicestershire LE8 4DW

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Coalville is a town in North West Leicestershire,  with a population of about 30,000. It is just off junction 22 of the M1 motorway and is between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Leicester. Coalville is the administrative centre for North-West Leicestershire District Council.As the name indicates, Coalville is a former coal-mining town, with name coming from the name of the house of the owner of Whitwick Colliery, Coalville House.Following the closure of the mines and the Palitoy factory in the 1980s, the town fell on hard times. Effort was put into regeneration and the Whitwick Business park now stands on top of the former Whitwick Colliery site. New business parks and industrial estates were constructed along the A511.
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Snibston Discovery Park Ashby Road Coalville Leicestershire LE67 3LN   Open all year inc Bank Holidays In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 18.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 18.00, Sunday: 10.00 - 18.00 Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00 Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00
Tel: +44 (0) 1530 813 608
Coalville Library
This library is located at the heart of the community and has served as a cultural and social hub to the town for many years. As well as carrying a large collection of books, audio and visual materials on a variety of subjects, the library has a reference and local history collection that is an interesting place to browse. On occasion the library is used for small scale exhibitions and talks by visiting speakers.

Coalville Library
High Street, Coalville,
Leicestershire LE67 3EA 
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Phone: +44 (0)1530 835951  -  Fax: +44 (0)1530 832019

Donington-Le-Heath Manor House

A charming Medieval Manor House dating back to 1280. The house has a fascinating history and is now restored with fine oak furnishings. The surrounding grounds have a scented period herb garden and an orchard. The adjoining stone barn is home to a tempting tea room.
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New permanent exhibitions with a virtual tour and low tech interactives.

Donnington-Le-Heath Manor House
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Tel: +44 (0)1530 831 259
Fax: +44 (0)1530 831 259

Mount St Bernard Abbey

Set in a beautifully elevated position in Charnwood Forest. The first catholic abbey to be founded in this country since the Reformation. Includes gardens, High Calvary, Shop and Abbey Church.

Mount St Bernard Abbey

Oaks-In-Charnwood, Coalville, Leicestershire, N/A


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Snibston Discovery Park
Visit Snibston and try to lift a Mini Cooper in our hands on gallery Extra Ordinary. Interact with moving images with our 'living surface' exhibit. Come and see the amazing selection of historic and contemporary costumes in the Fashion Gallery. Join real life miners on a tour of the colliery and and experience what it was like to work underground. Take a ride on our diesel locomotive and get creative with our holiday activities.

Ashby Road, Coalville,
Leicestershire, LE67 3LN


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Hinckley has a history going back to Saxon times. The name means the "woodland clearing (Old English leah) of a man called Hynca". By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, Hinckley was quite a large village, and grew over the course of the following 200 years into a small market town – a market was first recorded there in 1311. In the 17th century the town developed a hosiery industry, producing stockings and similar items.

Hinckley played a prominent part in the English Civil War. Its proximity to several rival strongholds - the royalist garrisons at Ashby de la Zouch and Leicester, those of the Parliamentarians at Tamworth and Coventry, and the presence of parties of troops or brigands occupying several fortified houses in nearby Warwickshire – ensured frequent visits by the warring parties.Hinckley is currently the second largest town in Leicestershire, after Loughborough (Leicester itself being a city).The town is mentioned in Shakespeare's Henry IV, part 2 (Act 5, Scene 1):Davy: Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must need be had: and, sir, do you mean to stop any of William's wages, about the sack he lost the other day at Hinckley fair?Joseph Hansom built the first Hansom cab in Hinckley in 1835.
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Hinckley Library Lancaster Road Hinckley Leicestershire LE10 0AT 
Email: hinckleytic@leics.gov.uk Map Open all year. Closed Bank Holidays In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 9.30am - 16.00pm Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 9.30am - 16.00pm
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Barwell Library
A small library situated in the centre of the village near the main roundabout, providing a limited range of services for the local community.
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E-mail : barwelllibrary@leics.gov.uk

Tel : 0845 6022815
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Burbage Common And Woods

Burbage Common Road
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Tel: +44 (0) 1455 633712
Fax: +44 (0) 1455 634906

Burbage Library

This library is located at the very heart of the village and provides an absolute life-line to the people of the community. As well as simply being a book depository, holding a large collection of texts, audio and visual material, the library is also a social and cultural centre. It is host to a variety of events throughout the year which include small scale art exhibitions and talks by visiting speakers.


Church Street, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 2DA

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Phone: +44 (0)1455 239245  -  Fax: +44 (0)1455 239245

Hinckley and District Museum

Hinckley Museum contains a wealth of information that helps to bring to life the fascinating story of this community. No matter whether you are young or old, a local or a visitor, the museum has something to offer you, from a range of historic artefacts that have been discovered through archaeological digs, to ancients maps and more modern antiquities.

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Lower Bond Street
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Phone: +44 (0)1455 251218

Hinckley Library

The library in Hinckley acts as a central cultural hub for the people of the community and the visitors who come here. The collection is made up of a large range of subjects that cover the general fiction, non-fiction and reference sections, as well as being well resourced in local history. The library has interactive facilities for those wishing to research and communicate with the rest of the world.

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Lancaster Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 0AT

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Phone: +44 (0)1455 635106  -  Fax: +44 (0)1455 251385

Memory Lane Horse Drawn Tours

Circular tours through pretty villages such as Shenton, Upton, Dadlington and Stoke Golding in an Omnibus drawn by 2 Shire horses. It will seat 10 people and makes an ideal size for family and friends to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Price includes a 3 course meal at Upton Barn and admission to the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre.

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The Stables, Wykin Farm, Higham Lane Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3EF


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The city centre is mainly Victorian with some later developments, which have usually been integrated in smoothly. The heart of the city centre is the Clock Tower, which is at the heart of the vibrant pedestrian shopping centre. Next to it are the historic markets and the very successful Shires Shopping centre, which is currently undergoing major extensions. Leicester has a large multi-ethnic population, mainly from the Indian subcontinent. There are many Hindu temples, Sikh gurdwaras and Muslim mosques around the city. The area around Belgrave Road is known as the Golden Mile, and contains many Indian restaurants, jewellery shops, and other shops that make it a major visitor attraction.

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Tel: +44 (0) 116 299 8888 Fax: 01162 221 534

No prior knowledge of Leicester is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.The hunt starts at the Tourist Information Centre , Every Street, Leicester, LE1 6AG.From Leicester or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away.Our Leicester treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.

Leicester Treasure Hunt

Local stockists of single hunts

Borders -
Grove Farm Triangle
- Fosse Park


27a Access Artspace

This gallery is well loved in the community and has for some time been one of the leading new galleries in the city. It offers a modern and inviting place to view a collection of different exhibitions throughout the year. These exhibitions range in size, theme and type, and bring together a varied and eclectic group of artists from across the country.

27a Access Artspace
27a Belvoir Street, Leicester LE1 6SL

Phone: +44 (0)116 222 9030  -  Fax: +44 (0)116 299 2777
Abbey Park
Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the City centre. The River Soar divides this beautiful park into two distinct areas: to the east of the river lies the highly decorative Victorian part of the park with its evergreen shrubberies, trees, lakes and formally planted flower displays and to the west of the river lies the fascinating Abbey Grounds. Within this area are the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion. This 57 acre park still reflects the Victorian era with formal gardens and bandstand. Later additions include the Chinese garden, model railway, pets corner and a large play area for children of all ages. There is also a cafe. There are large grassed areas suitable for ball games.

Abbey Park

Abbey Park Road,
Leicester, LE4 5AQ


View  map
Tel: 0116 222 1000
Abbey Pumping Station
Abbey Pumping Station is Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology, displaying Leicester's industrial, technological and scientific heritage. Situated adjacent to the National Space Centre, the two attractions tell the story of over 200 years of science and technology from the early days of steam and industry, to space exploration of today.
Abbey Pumping Station
Corporation Road
Abbey Lane
LE4 5PX | View map


Tel: +44 (0) 116 - 299 5111
Fax: +44 (0) 116 - 299 5125

Anstey Library

This rural library on the outskirts of Leicester provides a lifeline for the local community that it serves. It has a great range of books on display, many of which are available for loan. The titles cover a large range of topics and are well loved by the local community. Te library also has some interesting and historic pieces related to local history.

Anstey Library Anstey Library
Paper Mill Close

E-mail : ansteylibrary@leics.gov.uk

Phone: +44 (0)116 236 3796

Belgrave Hall Museum

This magnificent structure is one of the architectural gems of the city of Leicester. Built between 1709 and 1713 by the eminent architect and designer Edmond Cradock, the hall was for many years in the hand of the Vanns family, local landowners and industrialists. In the modern age, the hall has been converted into a museum that exhibits many of the finer things about life in the olden days in Leicester.

Belgrave Hall Museum
Church Road
LE4 5PE | | View map

Phone: +44 (0)116 266 6590  -  Fax: +44 (0)116 261 3063
Birstall Library
This is the main library in the Birstall area - it is on the Wanlip side of the village, next to Riverside School.
Birstall Library Birstall Library
Wanlip Lane
E-mail : birstalllibrary@leics.gov.uk
 Tel : 0116 267 3494
24hr renewal line Tel : 0845 6022815
 Fax : 0116 267 7212
Bradgate Country Park
Bradgate Park is Leicestershire's largest and most popular country park. It comprises of 840 acres of land with grass, heath, bracken, rocky outcrops, small woods, herds of deer and the River Lin. The Park also includes the ruins of Bradgate House, the birthplace and early home of Lady Jane Grey 1537 - 1554 (Nine Days Queen of England.) Old John Tower folly, a well known Leicestershire landmark, stands on the ridge of high land.
Bradgate Country Park
Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings
Bradgate Park
Newtown Linford
LE6 0HE | View map

Tel: 0116 236 2713 

Fax: +44 (0) 116 234 1851

Charles Moore Collection

Situated at the University of Leicester, this collection is one of the finest of musical instruments in the country. Collected over a long period of time and dating back many hundreds of years, these musical instruments cover many of the more well loved pieces that we are familiar with, and a great deal of bizarre instruments that we often don’t see. Anyone with any interest in music will love looking through this exceptional collection.

Charles Moore Collection
University Road, Leicester, Leicestershire LE7 7RH

Phone: +44 (0)116 252 2781  -  Fax: +44 (0)116 252 2782
City Gallery
The City Gallery is Leicester's leading contemporary gallery, exhibiting vibrant art that reflects the values of the city's cultural diversity. Comprising three exhibition spaces, including fine art and crafts, the Gallery hosts a changing exhibitions programme with twelve shows per year. The exhibition programme is balanced to include all art and craft disciplines and aims to show local, regional, national and international work. Receiving approximately 40,000 visitors per year, the Gallery aims to provide an opportunity for the general public of all ages and abilities to become involved in visual arts and crafts through exhibitions and events.
City Gallery
90 Granby Street
LE1 1DJ | View map

Tel: +44 (0) 116 - 254 0595
Fax: +44 (0) 116 - 254 0593

County Hall Library

County Hall Library is located at the heart of Leicester and acts as one of the largest and most high profile libraries in the county. Carrying a large collection of books that are available for loan, as well as a huge reference section featuring local history interest, the library is an essential resource and cultural focal point in the city. On occasion both exhibitions of art and crafts and speakers are hosted in the complex.The library is in County Hall and is available for use by Leicestershire Council Staff and County Councillors and is not open to the public. However, all lending stock in County Hall Library is on the catalogue and can be requested via your local Leicestershire library.

County Hall  Library County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, Leicestershire LE3 8TD
E-mail : countyhalllibrary@leics.gov.uk


Phone: +44 (0)116 265 6988  -  Fax: +44 (0)116 265 6960

Leicestershire County Cricket Club Museum

Leicestershire County Cricket Club are one of the main counties that compete in the English and Welsh cricket league and have a grand tradition of playing the game at the highest level. This museum is located within the ground and offers an insight into the history of the game and follows the development of this club and its players. There are many fine artefacts and pieces of sporting memorabilia on show.

Grace Road Cricket Ground

County Ground, Grace Road, Leicester, Leicestershire LE2 8AD


Phone: +44 (0)116 2832128  -  (Fax: +440)161 2440363

Cropston Reservoir

Cropston Reservoir has its own visitor centre attached to the water treatment centre at Cropston.

Cropston Reservoir

Bradgate Road, Cropston, Leicester, LE12

Tel: 0870 062 7777
De Montfort Hall
Welcome to the De Montfort Hall's website where you can find details on forthcoming shows, latest news, booking information and general details on the facilities here at the Hall. Our programme ranges from jazz, ballet, comedy and opera to world and roots music, West End musicals and our superb classical programme featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra. Whatever your interests we're sure that you'll find something to tempt you!
De Montfort Hall
De Montfort Hall , Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU, Leicestershire, 
T :  0116 233 3111
Duke of Bridgewater (Boat Trip)
Canal Trip
Abbey Meadows
Abbey Park Road
LE4 5AE | View map
Visit Website
Tel: +44 (0) 116 251 2334

East Midlands Oral History Archive

The East Midlands Oral History Archive is a relatively rare and very interesting study centre. Much of history that we have today has been passed on to us through the oral tradition, and especially the great legends that are always shrouded in myth. This centre brings together a great deal of these stories and tries to trace them back, making for a fascinating project to visit.

Oral History

University of Leicester, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 7RH

E-mail Oral History Archive 


Phone: +44 (0)116 252 5065  -  Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5769
Gorse Hill City Farm
 is a city farm and community project practising humane farming based in Leicester. The site is a popular destination for field trips from local schools particularly due to the handling area for small farm animals
.Come and meet the animals, relax in the gardens, stroll around the nature trail, let off steam in the children's play areas or simply stop by for a cuppa in the café.
Gorse Hill Farm

Anstey Lane, Leicester,


tel: 0116 253 7582
The Guildhall
Leicester is very privileged in having one of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country, dating back six hundred years. The Guildhall has had many uses and lives. The Great Hall itself was built in about 1390 as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi (a small but powerful group of businessman and gentry).Today, The Guildhall is best known as an excellent performance venue, attracting acts from across the country, and as a museum where visitors can step back in time and come face to face with 'Crankie Gemmie' and 'Emma Smith', two of Leicester's notorious pick-pockets who can be found lurking within the Victorian police cells. The Guildhall is reputedly Leicester's most haunted building - five ghosts have been reported in total.
Guildhall Leicester
The Guildhall
Guildhall Lane

Tel : +44 (0) 116 253 2569

Guru Nanak Sikh Museum

The first registered Sikh museum in Europe is located in the city centre near St. Nicholas Circle. Permanent displays include the spectacular models of major Sikh shrines, a superb collection of paintings illustrating Sikh religious culture, hand written manuscripts, coins, weaponry and many historic photographs. These photographs include those who fought for Britain in world wars. The museum caters for educational group visits.

Guru Nanak Sikh Museum

9 Holy Bones, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 4LJ

E-mail Guru Nanak Sikh Museum 


Phone: +44 (0)116 262 8606

 Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower
is a major landmark and popular meeting point in the  city centre. It is located roughly in the middle of the area inside the ring-road, and is at the point where five major streets (Gallowtree Gate, Humberstone Gate, Belgrave Gate, Church Gate and High Street) meet, and also close by to the junction with Cheapside.The Clock Tower was constructed in 1868, as a centre piece for a traffic island for the increasingly busy Haymarket/Eastgates junction (its business grew with Leicester's expansion and with the adoption of what is now the A6 as the primary road to London). A competition was held for the design, this was won by Joseph Goddard. The tower was built mostly in Ketton stone. Funding was provided largely by private subscription, with the initial origanisation being from John Burton.Officially a memorial, the Clock Tower has four statues of sons of Leicester, one at each corner. The figures are Simon de Montfort, William Wyggeston (spelt 'William Wigston' on the tower itself), Thomas White and Gabriel Newton.

Haymarket Clocktower

Hough Mill
Hough Mill has just been recently restored. The mill has no sails or fantail but is made up of 5 levels, containing two pairs of millstones and stone floor machinery, flour dressing maching, hand querns, mill models, sound system winnower and interpretation panels. A toilet suitable for disabled people is available when mill is open.
Hough Windmill
Off St George's Hill
LE67 |  View map

Tel: +44 (0) 1530 832704

Jewry Wall Museum

The Jewry Wall is one of the most famous pieces of architecture in Leicester and represents an original Roman wall that has survived over two thousand years of change in the area. The museum is located adjacent to the wall and explores the history of Leicester and its development as a city from pre-historic times. With reference to archaeological samples and other artefacts, the museum brings history to life.

Jewry Wall Museum
St Nicholas Circle, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 4LB

Phone: +44 (0)116 225 4971  -  Fax: +44 (0)116 225 4966
Kirby Muxloe Castle
Kirby Muxloe Castle was commissioned in the 1480s by William Hastings, however it was never to be completed as Lord Hastings was executed by Richard III, soon after he came to power. It has been noted that the Castle gun ports are amongst the earliest in Britain. You may also like to visit Ashby de la Zouch Castle which was also built by William Hastings.
Kirkby Muxloe Castle
Oakcroft Avenue
Kirby Muxloe
LE9 9MD | View map
Tel: 0871 716 1941

Leicester Castle Gardens
in Leicester was the original site of Leicester Castle, all that can be seen now is the lage mound that it was once situated upon. There are cobbled lanes and buildings like the Mary de Castro church which give indications of Leicester's historic past.
You are allowed to stroll along the River Soar and enjoy a peaceful and tranquil moment just two minutes away from the busy city centre.

Castle Gardens
Castle Gardens
Leicester Leicestershire  LE2 7BY

Leicester Cathedral
The beautiful Cathedral Church of St Marin's offers a warm welcome and a sanctuary for visitors of all faiths and none. A little of the original 1086 Norman church remains visible but the majority is a Victorian restoration, which began in 1860 and included the addition of a 220 feet spire. It is an intimate space where people feel at home and at peace. Listen to the meticulously restored Harrison organ with many of the original Snetzler pipes remaining from 1774. Learn about the Leicester Tigers connection and the memorial to Richard III. The cathedral is well known for its bell ringing. There have been bells here since the reign of Henry VIII. The full set of 12 was installed in 1937. Soon after, the Cathedral Bell Ringers became the leading Sunday Service band in the country! The surrounding churchyard has been landscaped, seats have been placed around the fountain and church garden.
Leicester Cathedral
21 St Martin's East
LE1 5DE |   View map

Tel: +44 (0) 116 262 5294
Fax: +44 (0) 116 262 5295

Leicester Market
 is a large market   on Market Place just south of the clock tower.
It is open Monday to Saturday and has over 270 stalls. It has been on the site for 700 years and is the largest covered market in Europe. Leicester market is 800 years old but was moved near the clock tower 700 years ago
The outdoor market sells a wide variety of goods, particularly fruit and vegetables, but also flowers, clothes, second-hand-books, bric-a-brac, jewellery and pet products.The indoor market (1973) is a multi-level building containing the fish market and delicatessen, as well as stalls selling clothes, haberdashery, footware, confectionery and kitchenware.
In the centre of the market stands the  Corn Exchange (1850), originally built as a trading centre, but now serving as a bar/restaurant. The Duke of Rutland Statue stands close to the Corn Exchange.

Leicester Market
Market Place


Leicester Print Workshop

Leicester is a city that has had a printing industry of some size for many generations, and in fact at one point was renowned as one of the best places in the country for printing. This workshop and museum is open to visitors and offers them the chance to see how the printing take place, and using traditional methods, you are invited to get involved in the projects.

Leicester Print Workshop

50 St Stephen's Road, Leicester, Leicestershire LE2 1GG

E-mail Leicester Print Workshop


Phone: +44 (0)116 255 3634
Leicester Royal Infirmary: History Museum
The Leicester Royal Infirmary Museum is really two museums in one, a museum of the History of Medicine, and a museum of the History of the Leicester Royal Infirmary.Founded in 1990 by former Consultant Anaesthetist Dr. Aubrey Stewart, and former Administrator the late Stanley Tipton, the museum builds upon Dr. Stewart's interest in the History of Medicine, and generous donations of equipment and artefacts from retiring hospital staff.Exhibits in the museum range from an 1820 trephine set, bone saws, and a device for curing diverse ills by electric shock are on display. The museum also boasts a range of medicine bottles from the 18th and 19th century.  These were colour coded as many patients couldn’t read - green bottles held ointment, while blue bottles contained poison. Stoneware was used to hold toxic substances that were strong enough to dissolve glass.The museum is open on Wednesday afternoons from 12:00noon to 2:00pm

Leicester Royal Infirmary Museum
Knighton Street
Tel: +44 (0) 116 - 254 1414
Magazine Gateway
The Magazine Gateway was the main entrance into the Newarke precinct and was built around 1400. The gate has no portcullis (sliding iron door) and its main purpose was to impress visitors rather than be defensive. The name Newarke means 'new works'. It was once a quiet religious precinct on the edge of medieval Leicester, founded by the earls of Lancaster in the 14th century. The stone walls of the Newarke enclosed the church of St Mary of the Annunciation, Trinity Hospital and several priests' houses. The church of St Mary was closed by Edward VI in 1548 and demolished soon afterwards. The Newarke became an area where many of the richer citizens of Leicester lived to escape local taxes.
Magazine Gateway
Oxford Street
LE2 7BY | View map


Tel: +44 (0) 116 - 225 4980
Fax: +44 (0) 116 - 225 4932

National Space Centre

This collection in Leicester is the largest in the country that is dedicated to the study of space and travel into the dark beyond. There is a great many fine exhibits on display in this collection that have been brought together from across the world. There are interactive displays that open on a regular basis here, which in the past have involved tie-ins with science fiction films and famous space events.

National Space Centre

Tourist Offices

Exploration Drive
LE4 5NS | View map

E-mail National Space Centre


Phone: +44 (0)870 607 7223  -  Fax: +44 (0)116 258 2100
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is situated within the historic New Walk area of the city. In 1849 the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented to the town its various collections, which have grown and developed over the last 150 years into one of the premier museums in the region. New Walk Museum has been the inspiration for many people including Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough, who pursued their love of art and natural history as a result of spending their formative years as regular visitors to the galleries. Leicester's oldest museum has wide-ranging collections spanning the natural and cultural world.
New Walk Museum
New Walk
LE1 7EA | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 116 - 225 4900
Fax: +44 (0) 116 - 225 4927
Newarke Houses Museum
Newarke Houses Museum, which is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House, tells the story of 20th century Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. The new displays include room settings from the 1950s and 70s, a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor to present day and a play area for children to try various games. Two dedicated community galleries tell the story of ‘Moving Here’ and settling in Leicester.
Newwarke Houses Museum
The Newarke
LE2 7BY |  View map
Tel: +44 (0) 116 - 247 3222
Fax: +44 (0) 116 - 247 0403

Old John

 is a folly atop the highest hill in Bradgate Park. It was built in 1784, by the Grey family of Groby, and was originally an observation tower built to give the ladies a view of a race course which circled the top of the hill. It is well known for its "mug-shape", the 'handle' of which was added later, apparently in memory of a beer-loving family retainer.In the past it has been used as a meeting place for hunters with their fox hounds, a luncheon house for shooting parties in the park, and an observation tower at the centre of a one-mile long practice horse gallop. Below the tower is the remains of a walled enclosure built into the rock face which was formerly a stable for the horses.
Old John
Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings
Bradgate Park
Newtown Linford
LE6 0HE | View map

Tel: 0116 236 2713 

Fax: +44 (0) 116 234 1851

Swan Line Cruisers Ltd.

Here at Fradley Junction in the heart of the canal network, the staff at Swan Line Cruisers are waiting to greet you for the start of your cruise. Experience narrowboat trips aboard ‘The Duke of Bridgewater’, travelling the River Soar and the Grand Union Leicester line. Private parties, conference facilities, public trips and Santa cruises are catered for

Swan Libne

The Waterside Centre, Abbey Meadows, Leicester LE4 5AE

E-mail Swan Line Cruisers Ltd.  


Phone: +44 (0)116 251 2334
Tropical Birdland
 Set in 5 acres of natural woodland with walk through aviaries, baby bird viewing room, over 70 species including toucans, emus, owls, macaws and parrots. Many free flying parrots can be seen in these idyllic surroundings. Snack bar and roofed picnic area, woodland walk and Koi ponds. Some of our birds are at liberty and may land on you with no cause for alarm. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Closed from late October to early March. Admission – Adults £4, Child £3 concessions £3.50. Season ticket £12. Disabled access to and around attraction and adapted toilets.
Tropical Birdland

Lindridge Lane,
LE9 9 GN

Telephone: 01455-824603
University of Leicester: Botanic Gardens
Leicester Botanic Garden spans 6.5 hectares of lovingly cultivated grounds. The horticulture, spectacular in itself, is also amazing in its variety, containing the National plant collections of Hardy Fuchsia, Skimmia, Lawson Cypress and Aubrieta. For those unfamiliar with the names, the sight alone is enough to convey the special nature of the plants and flowers. Superintendent of Gardens Barrie Frankland said: “This is a peaceful place combining individual plants with exciting combinations of flowers and shrubs. Glasshouses display cacti and succulents, alpines, temperate and tropical plants.
Botanic Gardens- Leicester University
The Knoll
Glebe Road
LE2 2LD | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 116 271 7725
Watermead Country Park
On the edge of Leicester, just five miles from the City Centre, Watermead Country Park is a 140-hectare green oasis. It is a haven for wildlife and a peaceful stretch of countryside, easily accessible for many people.  Most of the paths are surfaced making it an ideal site to visit for wheelchair and buggy users.  The Park is developing one of the largest reedbed areas in the Midlands and five birdhides, including a 2 storey hide provide great viewing spots for visitors.
The Country Park is nearly two miles long and as its name suggests it is a wetland area with over 12 lakes and smaller ponds. It is an ideal spot for walking, cycling, picnics, birdwatching, fishing or more active watersports.  The largest of the lakes, King Lears, is an excellent Day Ticket Coarse Fishery.Running through the Park are the River Soar and Grand Union Canal which provide an essential corridor for wildlife as well as a route for pleasure boating and walking.

Watermead Country Park
Off Wanlip Road
LE7 8PF | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 116 267 1944
Fax: +44 (0) 116 267 1944

The West End Gallery
has a massive range of artists works. The gallery exhibits work that are very different from eachother so caters for all tastes.They display different mediums from photography to oil paintings and various subject topics like sea-life or old cars.

The West End Gallery is a must if you are an art lover, even if you're not it makes an interesting, cultural day out.OUR OPENING HOURS ARE 9.30-5.00 MON TO FRIDAY 9.30-4.00 SATURDAY FREE CUSTOMER PARKING. WHY NOT DROP IN NEXT TIME YOU ARE PASSING?
West End Gallery
107 Highcross Street
Leicester Leicestershire  LE1 4PH IView map
Tel: 0116 251 3558
Fax: 0116 222 7886

William Carey Museum

Tableaux of key moments in Carey’s life with some original documents from the founding of the Baptist Missionary Society. There are large illustrated panels of his life in Leicester, India and about his legacy.

William Carey Museum

Central Baptist Church
Charles Street
LE1 1LA |   View map 

Tel: +44 (0) 116 - 255 4013

Loughborough is best known for two things: bells and sports science. The bells came to town in 1858 when John Taylor relocated his famous foundry from Oxford. For nearly 150 years Loughborough bells have peeled the world over, Great Paul in St. Ball's Cathedral was cast here. The Bell Foundry in Freehold Street is now a museum.

Loughborough University is recognised the world over as one of the best centres for sports science and psychology. Many, many figures from the world of sport have studied here including world record holding long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe.


Tourist Offices

Town Hall Market Place Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 3EB 
Email: tic@charnwoodbc.gov.uk Map Open all year. Closed Bank Holidays In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00am - 16.00pm, Saturday: 10.00am - 16.00pm Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00am - 16.00pm, Saturday: 10.00am - 16.00pm
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 218 113 Fax: 01509 240617
Beacon Hill Country Park

Beacon Road
Woodhouse Eaves
LE12 8SR | View map

Tel: +44 (0) 1509 890048
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 890048

Bellfoundry Museum

Part of the world's largest working bellfoundry. The museum shows craft techniques of moulding, casting, tuning and fitting up of bells.

Bellfounary Museum

Freehold Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1AR

Tel: 01509 212241

Burrough Hill and Somerby
 walk is a 9km / 5.3 miles round trip which mainly follows footpaths and small walking tracks but there are some steep climbs occasionally.Burrough Hill is one of the most historically important sites in East Leicestershire; it would have been used as a strong defensive position.
The Iron Age fort on Burrough Hill can be climbed and offers picturesque views all around.

Broombriggs Country Park

This walk is very picturesque and interesting you get to experience a range of things on the way, including part of the town, beautiful woodland area where you'll be able to spot some wildlife and you can picnic on a hillside with fantastic views.It is quite a hard walk so not recommended for young children.

Beacon Road
Woodhouse Eaves
LE12 8SR | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 890048
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 890048
Carillon Tower and War Memorial

Carillon Tower & War Memorial
Queen's Park
Granby Street
LE11 3DU | View map

Tel: +44 (0) 1509 634704
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 262370
Charnwood Museum
Chamnwood Museum
Queen's Park
Granby Street
LE11 3DU |   View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 233754
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 268140
Galerie Resonance
This gallery is situated in the heart of Loughborough and has over the years developed a reputation for displaying some of the best art in the area. There are works on show from some local and emerging talents as well as more established acts from across the nation. The environment that has been created by the gallery is conducive to the appreciation of art and is well managed by enthusiastic staff.

Gallerie Resonance
47 Church Gate, Loughborough, Leicestershire E11 1UE - England, UK
 E-mail Galerie Resonance  -  Galerie Resonance Web site
Phone: +44 (0)20 8123 3851  -  Fax: +44 (0)20 8123 3851
Great Central Railway
The Great Central Railway is Britain's only double track main line steam railway. Train rides are available every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year and daily in May through to September. Loughborough Station houses a museum, working signal box and an historic locomotion collection. You can even drive a steam train under expert supervision. Or choose to dine in style and enjoy a sumptuous 4 or 6 course meal while travelling by steam train. Special events are held on the railway including Thomas the Tank Engine days, phone for further details.
Great Central Railway
Great Central Station
Great Central Road
LE11 1RW |  View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 230726
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 239791

'The Halls and Hives'
 is a picturesque 4.5mile/7KM circuit walk which is mainly across footpaths and quiet lanes so is quiet leisurely and easygoing.You will pass through the lovely English village of Hoby, and you'll have to walk through the grounds of Brooksby Agricultural College. The college is based at Brooksby Hall, and is the former home of Lord Cardigan, who led the Charge of the Light Brigade.The walk also passes through the lovely town of Rearsby so a pint is on the cards at the end.

Jubilee Wood

Woodhouse Lane (off B5350)
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 890048
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 890048
Loughborough University
This East Midlands university dates back to 1909 and has an expansive campus covering approximately two square kilometres. It has a strong sporting emphasis borne out in a centre of excellence for the study of sports science. The Students’ Union naturally therefore has many sporting clubs, but also organises many other activities, including hosting concerts for touring bands.

Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU - England, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1509 263171
Manor Farm Animal Centre and Donkey Sanctuary

Manor Farm
Castle Hill
East Leake
LE12 6LU |  View map

Tel: +44 (0) 1509 852525
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 852797

Old Rectory Museum

Rectory Place
LE11 1UW | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 - 843297

Outwoods and Bluebell Woods

Woodhouse Lane

Tel: +44 (0) 1509 634704
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 262370

Sileby Mill Boatyard

This is busy, working boatyard with more than 40 privately owned boats permanently moored here. The boatyard specialises in day boat hire, short breaks and holidays.On a day boat trip from Sileby Mill you can explore the River Soar in either direction. You may head South towards Leicester where you will pass through some delightful and suprisingly remotre countryside with abundant wildlife. With Birstall making a good lunchtime destination with its large riverside pub. Or you may choose to head North towards Loughborough where there are also a number of riverside pubs and picnic sites. The boats for hire are easy to handle and full tuition is given to all novice crews.

Sileby Mill Boatyard
Mill Lane
LE12 7NF |   View map

Tel: +44 (0) 1509 813583
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 812834

Stonehurst Family Farm at Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum

Come and see all the animals of a working farm, horses, donkeys, chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, cows and many more including a wide range of animals available to be handled by children. Collect eggs, and watch the chicks that are bing reared in the hatchery. Enjoy a tractor ride and the adventure playground.

Stonehurst Family Farm
Bond Lane, Mountsorrel, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Tel: 01509 413216 

Thornton Reservoir
is set amongst 75 acre's of beautiful rolling farmland and woodland. Paths have been created through the woodland surrounding the reservoir for a variety of users; an extension to the surfaced track around the reservoir enables less able visitors to access the wood.

There is also a Sculpture Trail that is worth checking out, it was designed and created by groups of disabled people working with professional artist Martin Herron, it reflects the bird life seen on the reservoir.If you wish to visit the pub, walk along the gravel track most of the way around the reservoir, when you reach a footpath, take it, this leads up to the church. Walk up through the churchyard, and out onto the road. Turn left, and you will reach the pub.

Villages Of The Forest
This walk offers beautiful scenery of green fields and spectacular bird life. The walk maybe quite challenging for children and elderly as some fields have over-grown areas.
Part of the walk is along the reservoir front that also offers great wildlife and has toilets.In Thornton, Barlestone and Nailstone you'll be able to find pubs that serve good food after your hike.

Whatton Gardens
Whatton Gardens, dating from the 19th Century, comprise fifteen acres of formal and informal garden with many interesting and unusual features: spring bulbs, woodland garden, ornamental ponds, ancient trees, expansive lawns, magnificent herbaceous border, old fashioned rose garden and arboretum. Open March to October inclusive, Sunday to Friday, 11am to 4pm. Teas on Sunday afternoons. Groups welcome by appointment. Entrance off A6 between Kegworth (Junction 24 M1) and Hathern
Whatton Gardens
Whatton House
LE12 5BG |  View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 842 268
Fax: +44 (0) 1509 842 268

Lutterworth is a market town in the Harborough district of Leicestershire.

The name of Lutterworth is probably derived from the Old Norse name "Lutter's Vordig" meaning Luther's Farm.The town was granted its Market Charter in 1214 by King John and continues to hold a market to this day.Some 4 km (2.5 miles) to the west of the town is a large logistics and distribution centre called Magna Park, which is the main source of employment in the Lutterworth area. Magna Park is built upon the site of the old Bitteswell aerodrome.

Market Street Lutterworth
Lutterworth Community Website
Lutterworth Online
Lutterworth Website
Lutterworth Town Council

Kilworth Wharf Marina

Kilworth Wharf Leisure offer self steer day boat hire. Cruise the picturesque lock free section of the Grand Union Canal.

Kilworth Wharf Marina

The Marina, North Kilworth, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6JB

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Tel: 01858 880484
Lutterworth Museum
Lutterworth Museum
Wycliffe House
Gilmorton Road
LE17 4DY | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1455 - 555585

Stanford Hall
Stanford Hall
LE17 6DH |  View map

Tel: +44 (0) 1788 860 250
Fax: +44 (0) 1788 860 870

Market Bosworth

Market Bosworth is a small town in West Leicestershire,   and the 1988 winner of Britain in Bloom (though its postal town is Nuneaton in Warwickshire).It is mainly known for giving its name to the nearby Battle of Bosworth Field, the concluding battle in the Wars of the Roses. A town charter, granting the right to the market was granted in 1285 by King Edward I.Market Bosworth previously held a large livestock market on Mondays in the area behind the Black Horse Pub. Sheep, pigs and cattle were sold there.

Market Bosworth
Tourist Offices
Bosworth Battlefield Sutton Cheney Market Bosworth Leicestershire
Market Bosworth Show

Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park

The Battle of Bosworth is one of the most famous in the history of English political change, and saw the defeat of Richard III by the then Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII. This magnificent parkland is a million miles from the chaos of the 15th Century day, now a beautiful place, filled with marvellous trees and wonderful plants, it is a great place for all the family to visit.
Bosworth Sutton Cheney
CV13 0AD | View map

E-mail Bosworth Battlefield
Phone: +44 (0)1455 290429
Fax: +44 (0) 1455 - 292841
Market Bosworth Country Park

Tel: +44 (0) 1455 290429
Fax: +44 (0) 1455 292841

Market Harborough
Market Harborough is a market town in Leicestershire It has a population of 20,785 (2001 census), and is the administrative headquarters of the Harborough district.One of the town's most notable features is an unusual grammar school located in the town centre which stands on wooden stilts. This construction was due to the regular flood risk to the town, allayed only in recent years by major engineering works to the towns water system. The underside of the Grammar School was once used as a market.The town also has the shortest street in Europe, called Little Street, between the Red cow public house and the old Town Hall.
Market HarboroughGrammar School
Tourist Offices
Council Offices Adam & Eve Street Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7AG
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Tel: +44 (0) 1858 821 270

East Carlton Countryside Park

East Carlton
Market Harborough
LE16 8YF | View map

Tel: +44 (0) 1536 770977
Fax: +44 (0) 1536 770661

Foxton Boat Services Limited

Bottom Lock
Market Harborough
LE16 7RA  | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 116 279 2285
Fax: +44 (0) 116 279 3847

Foxton Canal Museum
The museum is halfway down the flight of 10 locks, situated in the rbuilt former boiler house of the Incline Plane boat lift. Using interactive displays, models, artefacts and photographs, we tell the story of the canals, locks and lift pas, present and future.
Foxton Museum
Middle Lock
Gumley Road
Market Harborough
LE16 7RA |  View map

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Tel: +44 (0) 116 - 279 2657

Foxton Locks Country Park

Foxton Locks

View the location of Foxton Locks See location on Multimap

Tel: +44 (0) 116 265 6913
Fax: +44 (0) 116 265 6962

Frank Haynes Gallery

Frank Haynes Gallery
50 Station Road
Great Bowden
Market Harborough
LE16 7HN | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1858 464862

Hallaton Museum
Hallaton Museum
Hog Lane
Market Harborough
LE16 8UE | View map

Harborough Museum
The Harborough Museum illustrates Market Harborough's role as a market, social and hunting centre and a stagecoach post. Its displays include the Symington Collection of Corsetry and reconstruction of a local shoemaker's workshop.Regular events and exhibitions.
Harborough Museum
Council Offices
Adam & Eve Street
Market Harborough
LE16 7AG |  View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1858 821085
Fax: +44 (0) 1858 821086

Rockingham Castle
Built by William the Conqueror, Rockingham was a Royal fortress for 450 years. For the last 450 years it has been home to the Watson family.

Set in a panoramic location, with views over five counties, the Castle has magnificently furnished rooms of several periods, and is surrounded by 12 acres of superbly contrasting gardens. Exhibitions set out the Castle's fascinating history and a new audio visual depicts the 'Castle under Siege'. Excellent lunches, home-made teas and light refreshments are available at the Castle.

Rockingham Castle
Market Harborough
LE16 8TH View map
Tel: +44 (0)1536 770 240
Fax: +44 (0)1536 771 692

Union Wharf Narrowboats

Hire a canal boat from the prestigious newly developed canal basin in Market Harborugh and cruise to the spectacular Foxton Locks, have lunch in a village pub or disappear with your picnic into the heart of the beautiful Leicestershire countryside.


Leicester Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7BJ

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Tel: 01858 432123
Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray has made its mark on English culinary tradition and the local gastronomic delights include the pork pie and Stilton cheese, both of which originate in the town – for authentic pies head to the Olde Pork Pie Shoppe. For more information on the town and its heritage visit the Melton Carnegie Museum at Thorpe End. The town is also known for being the town where the phrase 'painting the town red' originated from in 1837, this was because at the time Melton Mowbray was home to a highly fashionable fox-hunting scene.
Melton Mowbray
Tourist Offices
Windsor House Windsor Street Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE13 1BU 
Email: tic@melton.gov.uk MapOpen all year inc Bank Holidays In season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00 Out season opening times Weekdays: 10.00 - 17.00, Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00

Tel: +44 (0) 1664 480 992 LE13 1XA Fax: 01664 480 992

Belvoir Brewery Ltd

A Brewery where you can find out how beer is made - ingredients that go into it. Visit our 'shop' and take some beer home with you. We also have a facility where you can make your own beer and we deliver it to you once it is ready

Belvoir Brewer

Crown Business Park, Station Road, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, LE14 3NQ


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Tel: 01664 823455
Burrough Hill Country Park

Burrough on the Hill
Melton Mowbray
Tel: +44 (0) 116 267 1944
Fax: +44 (0) 116 2671944

Melton Carnegie Museum

Displays on the social, artistic and industrial history of the Melton area. John Ferneley paintings, Stilton tableware, the story of 'Painting the Town Red' regular exhibitions and events.

Melton Carnegie Museum

Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1RB


Tel: 01664 569946
Melton Library & Art Gallery
The main library in the heart of Melton is an important place of cultural and social exchange amongst the people of this community. The library carries a massive collection of books that cross a range of topics, and there is also a fine selection of audio and visual materials available for loan. On occasion the library is used for exhibitions and public speakers in the evenings. The gallery is well respected across the county
Melton Mowbray Library
Wilton Road, Melton Mowbrary, Leicestershire LE13 0UJ
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Phone: +44 (0)1664 560161  -  Fax: +44 (0)1664 410199
Melton Country Park and Visitor Centre

Wymondham Way
Melton Mowbray
LE13 1LB |   View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1664 480164
Tel: +44 (0) 1664 480164

Stapleford Miniature Railway

The one fifth scale Stapleford Miniature Railway is home to the superb scale British LMS Jubilee and GWR Saint and the mighty NYC Niagara and NKP Berkshire American locos as well as the Curwen Warship Diesel and Curwen Atlantic.

Stapleford Miniature Railway

Stapleford Park The Old Forge Yard, Stapleford Road, Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2SF


Tel: 07788 915609
Twin Lakes Park
You will find fun for all the family at this adventure park. The converted farm marries country pleasures with amusement for active children. Along with falconry and livestock, there are rides, slides and kart tracks. Peacocks wander through picnic areas. There are mock-castles to clamber over and a child-size wild-west town. As you would expect with a name like Twin Lakes, boating is on offer. These bumper boats are like dodgems on water.
Twin Lakes Park
Melton Spinney Road
Melton Mowbray
LE14 4SB | View map

E-mail Twin Lakes Park  - 
Twin Lakes Park Web site

Tel: +44 (0) 1664 567777
Fax: +44 (0) 1664 560070
Wymondham Windmill & Craft Centre
Wymondham Windmill has been converted into a visitor attraction with craft workshops and sales outlets, a tea room and childrens play equipment. Climb up inside the mill if you are feeling energetic
Wymondham Windmill
The Windmill
Butt Lane
Melton Mowbray
LE14 2BU | View map

Tel: +44 (0) 1572 787304

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe at Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe & Sausage Shop

Learn about the fascinating history of the shop and why Melton Mowbray became the original home of the pork pie industry. Watch demonstrations of hand raised pork pies, sample their unique taste and also visit The Sausage Shop next door.
Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe

Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire


Tel: 01664 562341 
Nuneaton is the largest town in the  county of Warwickshire.The town is near the M6, the M42 and M69A5 trunk road (Watling Street), which also acts as a border with Leicestershire and the neighbouring town of Hinckley.However some of Nuneaton is in Leicestershire. 

Ashby Boat Company

Holiday in a boat from Ashby Boat Company and enjoy all that's best in canal cruising. The designed interiors are extremely comfortable and superbly equipped. Ashby Boat Company takes great pride in its boats both inside and out with many people returning year after year.
The Ashby Canal is an unspoilt and lock-free rural canal winding its way through picturesque countryside south to Marston Junction. From here it joins the Oxford and Grand Union canals. It is possible to visit Rugby, Braunston, Warwick and Leamington to the south and Market Bosworth, Tamworth, Great Heywood, Stoke on Trent and Birmingham to the north.Stoke Golding is a picturesque village with a 13th century church, three pubs and a grocery shop. A couple of miles away are two supermarkets.

Ashby Boat Company

Station Road, Stoke Golding, Nuneaton, Leicestershire, CV13 6EY


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Tel: 01455 212671

Battlefield Line

The Battlefield Line Railway is in the village of Shackerstone. Jump aboard a steam train that will take you to Shenton. You will follow the Ashby canal for a good part of your journey, passing though countryside and alongside small villages and farms. At Shenton, you may return or wish to explore Bosworth Battlefield Country Park.

Battlefield Line

Shackerstone, Nuneaton, Leicestershire, CV13 6NW


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Tel: 01827 880754
Cadeby Light Railway and Brass Rubbing Centre

The Old Rectory
CV13 0AS | View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1455 290462

George Eliot Hospital Museum

The George Eliot Hospital Museum was established in the early 1980s with the original intention of being a teaching aid for student doctors. However, throughout the years it has developed into a museum and archive of medicine. Now open to the public, you can visit and learn a great deal about how a hospital works today and how they have developed throughout the years.

College Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 7D

Phone: +44 (0)870 855 2540
The Sculpture was designed and erected by Alan Greenwood of Oadby Wrought Iron. At the outset there were wide ranging opinions about its design, however, it is now generally admired by the people of Oadby and it gives a unique identity to the town.

Brocks Hill Country Park and Visitor Centre
The unusual design of the visitor center offers practical solutions to environmental problems as well as demonstrating ideas in new technology such as solar water heating.  It houses an exhibition, a cafe, a shop, toilets and also a meeting room which is available for hire.| Natural Sciences, Science and Technology Also contains information about the history and composition of the Aylward Arboretum at Brocks Hill Country Park.
Brocks Hill
Washbrook Lane
LE2 5JJ | View map
E-mail : brockshill@oadby-wigston.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 116 271 4514
Fax: +44 (0) 116 271 7356
Oakham & Rutland

Rutland is a county of mainland England, bounded on the west and north by Leicestershire, northeast by Lincolnshire, and southeast by Peterborough  and Northamptonshire.

Its greatest length north to south is only 18 miles (29.0 km), greatest breadth east to west, 17 miles (27.4 km). It is the smallest (in terms of population) normal unitary authority in mainland England (only the City of London is smaller)

Oakham is the county town of Rutland. It lies 17.4 miles (28.0 km) east from Leicester, and has a total resident population of 9,975.

Oakham, which has civil parish status, lies to the west of Rutland Water, one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe.
 Oakham Stocks Tourist Offices
Flore's House 34 High Street Oakham Rutland LE15 6AL
Community website
Link to Rutland County Council website


Art Dejardin Sculpture Garden

A unique showcase of high quality, comtemporary art works, in a variety of media by nationally established artists, carefully sited throughout the garden and grounds of Wingwell, which have already been designed to be a sculptural event in their own right.
Art Dejardin

Wingwell Top Street, Wing, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8SE


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Tel: 01572 737727

Barnsdale Gardens
are the creation of Geoff Hamilton, Britains best loved television gardener and presenter of BBC TV's Gardener's World weekly gardening programme, which Geoff presented from his home at Barnsdale in Rutland.

Since Geoff's death in 1996, his gardens have been open to the public & include a nursery of choice & unusual plants, mainly propagated from the gardens.

Barnsdale Gardens
The Avenue
Oakham Rutland  LE15 8AH
tel :(01572) 813 200
fax: (01572) 813 346
Catmose Gallery
This gallery has a reputation for hosting some of the most interesting and prestigious artistic events that take place in the small community. Concentrating on traditional styles and themes of painting and sculpture, the gallery changes its collection on a fairly regular basis, and is committed to promoting artists who have a connection with the local area or in some way have been influenced by it.

Cold Overton Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6NU
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Phone: +44 (0)1572 722286

Grainstore Brewery

The brewery tap opened its doors in September 1995 and is recognised as one of the best brew pubs in the UK. The 15-barrel brewhouse plant with its capacity to brew 60 barrels per week started brewing its first brew, ‘Cooking Bitter’ a few months later. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength. The combination of superb beers brewed on the premises, served in a traditional pub setting has proved a winner.
As well as serving-up some of the best beer in Rutland, the Grainstore pub also regularly has live music including jazz and blues and a whole host of traditional pub games, drinks promotions and blind tastings.

Grainstore Brewery

Station Approach, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RE


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Tel: 01572 770065

Lyddington Bede House

The Lyddington Bede House (House of Prayer) was once a genteel retreat for the Bishops of Lincoln, converted in 1600 into almshouses. Admire the fine 16th century rooms, fireplace & ceiling.

Lyddington Bede House

Bluecoat Lane, Lyddington, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 9LZ


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Tel: 01572 822438

Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle dates back to 1190 and although much of it has become ruinous the Great Hall still stands to provide one of the finest examples of late 12th century architecture in England today. Visitors can study the medieval sculptures of musicians and over 200 horseshoes given as forfeits to the Lord of the Manor by peers of the realm and royalty hang on the walls.

Oakham Castle

Off Market Place, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW


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Tel: 01572 758441

Rutland Belle

A cruise aboard the Rutland Belle allows you to enjoy the sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest.
The Rutland Belle can carry up to 110 passengers, with 60 places in the under-cover saloons. Drinks are available on board.

Rutland Belle

Whitwell Park, North Shore, Rutland Water, Oakham, LE15 8BL

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Tel: 01572 787630
Rutland County Museum
The museum is the perfect introduction to England’s smallest county. The “Welcome to Rutland” gallery is a guide to the history and an extensive rural life collection. There is a temporary exhibition programme for local artists to display their work. The site itself is also remarkable as the museum is set in an 18th Century riding school built for the Rutland Fencible Cavalry.

Rutland County Museum
Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HW 
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E-mail Rutland County Museum  -  Rutland County Museum Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1572 758445  -  Fax: +44 (0)1572 758445

Rutland Sailing Club and School

Launch private craft, hire a dinghy or get yourself some expert tuition.Hire a laser pico (one buoyancy aid) or a laser strato (3 buoyancy aids) from £15 per hour.Have an introductory sailing lesson...... or complete your RYA level 2 (the equivalent to passing your driving test) on a five day course or over three weekends. £250.....or have a family dinghy tuition session......or cover racing and advanced boat handling.

Rutland Sailing Club & school

Gibbetts Lane, Edith Weston, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8HJ

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Tel: 01780 720292
Rutland Water Rutland Water Tourist Offices
Sykes Lane Empingham Nr. Oakham Rutland LE15 8PX 
Email: tic@anglianwater.co.uk
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Tel: Accommodation bookings: 01572 653026 Fax: 01572 653027

Wing Maze

This turf maze is one of only eight known to exist in England. Mediaeval Monks may have crawled along the lines, stopping at points to pray and repent.

Wing Maze

Glaston Road, Wing, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8RH

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Tel: 01572 737570

Stamford Shakespeare Company

Rutland Open-Air Theatre
Tolethorpe Hall
Little Casterton
PE9 4BH |  View map
Tel: +44 (0) 1780 754381
Fax: +44 (0) 1780 481954
Wigston (or more properly Wigston Magna to distinguish it from the nearby Wigston Parva), is a town within Leicestershire,  just to the south of Leicester, on the A5199 road One of the earliest mentions of this place is in the Domesday book where it is listed amongst the lands held by Hugh de Grandmesnil   for the King.There is a Framework Knitting Museum here,as it was an important occupation in this area.

Council Offices, Station Road, WIGSTON, Leicestershire, LE18 2DR 
Borough of Oadby and Wigston
Telephone: Leicester (0116) 288 8961
Framework Knitters Cottage

The museum is unique, because when the last master hosier, Edgar Carter, died in 1952, the workshop was locked and left. Inside on the ground floor were eight hand frames for making gloves, mitts and fancy ribbed tops for golf hose, together with all the needle moulds and tools associated with each machine.The museum is open from 2.00pm until 5.00pm 

Framewok Museum 42-44 Bushloe End
LE18 2BA | View map


Tel: +44 (0) 116 288 3396

A Horse my kingdom for a horse

Campsites in Leicestershire


Ingles Hill Caravan Site
Established 20 years, Ingles Hill Caravan Park is situated on a 200 acre working farm in the heart of the New National Forest.The 1/3 acre site is a caravan club certificated location, landscaped to garden standards, and overlooks 'Ivanhoe's valley.Prestop Park and Ingles Hill Farm provide 130 acres of newly planted woodland, ideal for walking. www.ingleshillcaravansite.co.uk or www.normansbarn.co.uk
Ingles Hill Farm Burton Road Ashby De La Zouch  Leicestershire  LE65 2TE  Tel: 01530 412224  Pitches: 5 Open: Open All Year  
Holly Farm Caravan Park and Fishery
Set in the picturesque south Leicestershire countryside, this quiet, well maintained site is situated next to 3 prolific, well stocked lakes with a variety of fish for day ticket fishing. Both hard and grass standing are available, all with electric hook ups and shower facilities and toilets close by. The site has good easy access and local amenities are only 2 miles away. On site we have a log cabin that will seat 80 people, serving breakfasts, and hot/cold snacks and drinks through the day, as well as a well stocked tackle shop. With lots of local attractions and country walks, Holly Farm makes a quiet, relaxing site for your break.
Willoughby Road, Ashby Magna, Leicestershire, LE17 5NP  
Tel 01455 202391 5 Tourers/Motorhomes/Tents, (6 Hard standing), 15 Hookups, Toilets, Showers, Chemical Disposal Point, Disabled Facilities, Pets Allowed, Snacks, Fishing, Rallies Welcome.

Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel Camp Site

Melbourne Rd , Isley Walton Castle Donington Leicestershire   DE74 2RN  Tel: 01332 862409  Pitches: 60 Open: March To December
The Victoria - Bikers Pub

Whitwick Rd , Coalville , Leicestershire
LE67 3FA  Tel: 01530 814718  Pitches: 60
Open: Open All Year

Hallaton Caravan Club Cl 38 Medbourne Road, Hallaton Leicestershire
LE16 8UH  Tel: 01858 555639 Pitches: 5 hardstandingsOpen: Open All Year

 Castlewood Park Aston Firs Sapcoat Road Hinckley Leicestershire
LE9 4LH Phone: 01455 233391

Crossways Country Holidays
Ideal north/south stopover. A new toilet and shower block is built on site with disabled facilities. This block consists of individual washrooms each containing toilet, shower, washbasin and seating. All units are individually secured and unisex. We have endeavoured to provide facilities with that 'home from home' feeling. Crossways caravan site is situated on the Leicester/Warwickshire border set in 4 acres of paddocks. It is ideally situated for touring, being centrally located and within driving distance of all the main attractions on offer here in the Heart of England.

Lutterworth Road, Burbage, Hinckley , Leicestershire  LE10 3AH    Tel: 01455 239261
Pitches: 15 Open: March To October

Five Ways Lakes Fishery Coventry Road Wolvey Hinkley  Leicestershire
LE10 3LD  Tel: 01455 882961  Pitches: 5 Caravan Club Only Open: Open All Year

Lower Grange Farm Certified Location Grange Road Hugglescote Leicestershire LE67 2BT  Tel: 01530 838074  Pitches: 8 Open: Open All Year
Pinewood Lodge Overton Road Ibstock  Leicestershire  LE67 6PD  Tel: 01530 264477  Pitches: 20 Open: Open All Year
Billesdon - Grange Farm Certificated Site Tilton On The Hill Leicester Leicestershire LE7 9PD  Tel: 01162 773796 Pitches: 10 - Caravans only Open: All Year Round
Whetstone Gorse Touring Caravan Park And Fishing
A very popular site with good views in open countryside, but only 6 miles from Leicester city centre. Grass and hard standing available all with electric hook-ups. Four fishing lakes on the farm within easy reach. Rally field with barn available for hire to hold dances, bar-b-cues and wet day events. Rallies Welcome.

Whetstone Leicester  Leicestershire  LE8 6LX
Tel: 01162 773796  Pitches: 10 - Caravans only Open: All Year Round

Johnsons Court Bridge Caravan Site Rempston Road HathernLoughborough
Leicestershire LE12 5NJ

Meadow Farm Touring Caravan Park Huston Close Barrow-on-Soar Loughborough
Leicestershire  LE12 8NB  Tel: 01509 816035
Pitches: 50 Open: Open All Year

Mill Farm Chaveney Road Quorn Loughborough
Leicestershire LE12 8AD  Tel: 01509 413760
Pitches: 5 Open: March To October

Proctors Park Barrow On Soar Loughborough Leicestershire
LE12 8QF  Tel: 01509 412434 Pitches: Open fields
Open: Open All Year

Quorn Lodge Caravan Club C L Quorn Lodge, Loughborough Road, Quorn
Loughborough  Leicestershire  LE12 8UE  Tel: +44 01509 214466  Pitches: 5 Caravan Club Only
Open: Open All Year

Whatoff Lodge Farm
Whatoff Lodge Farm is a grass field site with magnificent views to the Charnwood Forest. Situated just a quarter of a mile from the road near the Steam Trust Railway. The site is on a working farm with country walks around the farm and close to an extensive footpath network. Rallies Welcome.

Woodhouse Road Quorn Loughborough
Leicestershire  LE12 8AL  Tel: 01509 412127
Pitches: 5 Open: All Year Round

Stanford Park Caravan Site Stanford Hall Lutterworth Leicestershire LE17 6DH  Tel: 01788 860387 Pitches: 123 Open: April To 2nd October
Victoria Farm Caravan Club C L High Cross Road Claybrooke Magna Lutterworth
Leicestershire  LE17 5AU  Tel: 01455 208270
Pitches: 5 Caravan Club Only Open: Open All Year

The Gatehouse
Located in the heart of England with no traffic lights for seven miles in any direction! The Gatehouse is a very gently-sloping field site from the top of which, on a fine day, the flags of Bosworth Battlefield (c. 1485) can be seen. In an area of outstanding natural beauty, Market Bosworth is the Britain in Bloom Winner. Free pedestrian access to Bosworth Park. Rallies Very Welcome.www.bosworth
Cadeby Lane, Cadeby, Market Bosworth, Warwickshire, CV13 Tel 01455 292259 Superb 5 Acre Site, Chemical Disposal Point, Tea Rooms, Restaurant, Accommodation Available in 4 Star Self Catering and Bed and Breakfast. Dogs Welcome (No Dobermans, Alsations, Bulldogs)
Innarla Caravan & Camping Park
The site is rather unique due to its situation built on an old disused railway line.The driveway itself-runs along the embankment giving an elevated view of beautiful countryside. A pool at the side of the road indicates the site entrance. The main feature is a large three arch railway bridge harbouring the kitchen and Tearooms The Camping/Caravan field is well secluded with high banks to the east and west of the vans, creating a natural windbreak. There are facilities for 16 vans on hook-up�s. The toilets with wash hand basin & small laundry room are situated under the bridge arches. There are disposal facilities with tap and two other stand pipes for drinking water.On the Camping/Caravan field there is a spring pool, which itself is a haven for wildlife including Great Crested Newts. Although the pool is small it gives excellent fishing. The larger pool at the entrance is also teeming with fish.
Hallaton Rd Medbourne Market Harborough
Leicestershire  LE16 8DR  Tel: 01858 565478
Pitches: 40 Open: Open All Year

Brook Meadow Lakeside Holidays
A level mown grass site beside a 5-acre lake stocked with carp (25lbs) and tench (7lbs) available for guests to fish. Many historic houses are in the area, including Boughton House and Althorp. The new Rockingham Motor Speedway 14 miles. The Jurassic Way is within 1 mile. 4WD course, Quad bikes, Racing Buggies, Archery and Clay shooting are available on the farm. Pets are welcome. Colour brochure available. Showers and toilets are in our fishing lodge for the benefit of all our guests. Secure caravan storage on site.www.brookmeadow.co.uk
Welford Road Sibbertoft Market Harborough Leicestershire
LE16 9UJ  Tel: 01858 880886
Pitches: 18 Open: All Year Round

Leicester Hill Wood Caravan Club C L Ulverscroft Lane Newtown Linford
Leicestershire  LE60AJ  Tel: 01530 244784 Pitches: 5 Caravan Club OnlyOpen: Open All Year

Ranksborough Hall Caravan & Camping Leisure Park Ranksborough Hall NR OAKHAM 
LE15 7SR

Lime Tree Caravan Park
Lime Tree Caravan Park is quiet, very well kept and in attractive countryside. There are lovely walks along the River Sence that lead from the site. There is free fishing on the river but please bring your own equipment. Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control. The village pub and restaurant "The Gate" is within short walking distance, it has a beer garden and serves good food twice a day.

Limes Farm Main Road Ratcliffe Culey, Atherstone Leicestershire
CV9 3PD Tel: 01827 720123
Pitches: 5 Open: All Year Round

Hill Top Caravan And Leisure Park
Hill Top Caravan Park is a clean and well maintained with 0.75 acre of mown grass and 0.25 acre of hard standing the views of the surrounding countryside are unobstructed. Our site is very secure with electrically operated entrance gates. Each pitch has electric hook up and mains water. Archery is available on site, all equipment supplied. Within the village of Thrussington there are two pubs that serve fine ales and wonderful food.
67 Old Gate Road Thrussington
Leicestershire LE7 4TL  Tel: 01664 424357 Pitches: 10Open: All Year Round

Wolvey Caravan Park
We are a family run site, which has been established for over 35 years. We are open all year with 110 touring pitches including hard standing and grassland.We pride ourselves in the cleanliness of the site and keep a high standard of maintenance. Our customers come from all over the UK along with continental visitors. Many of our customers return yearly, we also have our weekend regulars. We are always pleased to see old faces and there is a good atmosphere on site. Visitors come to the area because of the amount of places of interest throughout the Midlands.

Villa Farm Wolvey  Leicestershire
LE10 3HF  Tel: 01455 220493
Pitches: 110 Open: Open All Year

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Ashby Croquet Club

Moira and District
Miners Welfare Trust
Bath Lane, Moira
Swadlincote, Derbyshire
DE12 6BP
01283 216375
Lawns: 2  website
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Leicester Croquet Club
Victoria Park
London Road
0116 2708226

Lawns: 3 Location map

Long Eaton Park Croquet Club

West Park Leisure Centre
Wilsthorpe Rd
Long Eaton
NG10 4AA
0115 9461 400
Lawns: 1  website  Location map

Market Bosworth Croquet Club

C/o Spindles Health Club
Bosworth Hall Hotel
Church Street
Market Bosworth
CV13 0LP
01455 290901
Lawns: 3  Location map

Sapcote Croquet Club

Recreation Ground
Hinckley Road
Lawns: 1
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Beedles Lake,
170 Broome Lane, East Goscote, LE7 3WQ

Station Road, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 3BB

Lutterworth Road, Blaby,

Breedon Priory,
Green Lane, Wilson, Derby, DE73 1LG

Charnwood Forest,
Breakback Road, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough,
LE12 8TA

Chapel Lane, Broughton Road, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1RG

Mill Lane, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4LX

Forest Hill,
Markfield Lane, Botcheston, LE9 9FJ

Glen Gorse,
Glen Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4RF

Greetham Valley,
Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7NP

Leicester Road, Hinckley,
LE10 3DR

Humberstone Heights,
Gipsy Lane, Leicester,

Weir Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicester,

Kilworth Springs,
South Kilworth Road, North Kilworth, Lutterworth, LE17 6HJ

Kirby Muxloe,
Station Road, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester, LE9 2EP

Evington Lane, Leicester,

Joe Moore's Lane, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough, LE12 8TF

Snells Nook Lane, Nanpantan, Loughborough, LE11 3YA

Luffenham Heath,
Ketton, Stamford, PE9 3UU

Lutterworth, Leicester,
LE17 4HN

Market Harborough,
Great Oxendon Road, Market Harborough, LE16 8NF

Melton Mowbray,
Waltham Road, Thorpe Arnold, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4SD

Leicester Road , Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4AJ

Park Hill,
Park Hill, Seagrave, LE12 7NG

RAF Cottesmore,
Oakham, Leicester, LE15 7BL

RAF North Luffenham,
RAF North Luffenham, Oakham, LE15 8RL

Rothley Park,
Westfield Lane, Rothley, Leicester, LE7 7LH

Rutland County,
Great Casterton, Stamford, PE9 4AQ

Beeby Road, Scraptoft, Leicester, LE7 9SJ

Six Hills,
Six Hills, Melton Mowbray, LE14 3PR

Ullesthorpe Court Hotel,
Frolesworth Road, Ullesthorpe, Lutterworth, LE17 BZ

Western Park,
Scudamore Road, Braunstone Frith, Leicester, LE3 1UQ

Cambridge Road, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 5SH

Willesley Park,
Measham Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 2PF

Tennis & Raquet Clubs in Leicestershire

> Leicestershire Ladies' Veterans' Tennis Association
> Leicestershire LTA
Sutton Bonington & District [Notts]

City of Leicester
Carisbrooke Knighton | Total Tennis site
David Lloyd Leicester
De Montfort University
Hillside Humberstone
Leicestershire | Total Tennis site
Roundhill | Total Tennis site
University of Leicester


Ashby Castle Ashby-de-la-Zouch | Total Tennis site
Belvoir Vale Hose
Birstall Watermead
Burton on the Wolds
> Burton Tennis League
Charnwood Loughborough
County Hall Glenfield
Gynsill Anstey
Hamilton Melton Mowbray
Hinckley | Total Tennis site
Houghton Houghton on the Hill
Kibworth Kibworth Beauchamp
Leicester Forest East
Loughborough | Total Tennis site
Loughborough Greenfields [formerly Fisons]

Loughborough University | Total Tennis site
Lutterworth Bitteswell
Market Bosworth | Total Tennis site
Market Harborough | Total Tennis site
Northfields Syston
Oadby (Granville) | Total Tennis site
Oaks & District Oaks in Charnwood
Queniborough [formerly Wanlip]
Quorn | Total Tennis site
Rothley Ivanhoe
Stoney Stanton | Total Tennis site

Oakham | Total Tennis site

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