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Leicester has been an important city since Roman times and retains its historic roots today. Combined with the nearby green spaces of the National Forest and a multicultural community, they make this one of the great cities of 21st century Britain. Cultured, ancient and diverse, it's a city whose streets are full of secrets to discover, from South Asian and Afro-Caribbean restaurants to quirky independent shops to internationally regarded universities.

Start your visit with an archaeological detective story that rivals any Agatha Christie novel. Leicester made headlines in 2013 when academics from its university found the remains of King Richard III. The former king is now buried in Leicester Cathedral, and a purpose-built Visitor Centre explains more about his life, his death and the fascinating bid to locate and recover his body.

History fans will also want to visit the medieval Castle Park area, which is home to a statue of King Richard III, and Bosworth Battlefield, the site of the pivotal battle in which he lost his life. You can go even further back in time at the Jewry Wall Museum, which hosts one of the largest pieces of Roman architecture in Britain, and has artifacts dating back to the Iron Age. And since this is a city where the past and the future collide, you can follow that up with a visit to the National Space Centre, with its model rockets and interactive displays.

For sports fans, Leicester has two great teams. Leicester FC plays at The Gallery, a modern riverside stadium about a mile south of the station; on the way to the ground, you'll pass Welford Road Stadium, home to rugby union team Leicester Tigers.

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Frequently asked questions

What's the main train station in Leicester?

The main train station in Leicester is Leicester station, which is located south-east of the city centre.

Which train companies run trains to Leicester?

The main train company that runs services to and from Leicester station is East Midlands Railway.

How can I get cheap train tickets to Leicester?

It’s easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Leicester. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. 

Are trains running to Leicester?

Trains run frequently almost every day to Leicester, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Leicester.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Leicester?

Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Leicester, these include:

  • Two-Together Railcard (Great for couples and friends who always travel together)
  • 16-17 Saver (You can save up to 50% with this one)
  • 16-25 Railcard (Ideal for students)
  • 26-30 Railcard (Also known as the Millennial Railcard)
  • Senior Railcard (For those aged 60 and over)
  • Friends & Family Railcard (Great for families of up to 4 adults with up to 4 kids)
  • Disabled Railcard (If travelling with another adult they can save too)

Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too. 

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