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 artefacts 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 sport fans, Leicester has two great teams. Leicester FC play 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 rubgy union team Leicester Tigers.