Leicester is so much more than just the place where Richard III’s bones were found, it’s home to some great attractions that the whole family will love. If you are thinking of heading to Leicester for a family break, you really won’t be disappointed, there is so much to do. In this article we’ll run through some of the top attractions in and around the city – we’re sure you will be booking your hotel before you get to the end.
National Space Centre
Leicester is home to the National Space Centre, a museum dedicated to space science and astronomy. There are six interactive galleries, that are perfect for kids to explore as well as the UK’s largest planetarium which will give the kids a great view of space. There is also a 42-metre high rocket tower, which is home to some of the largest exhibits in the museum, including the Blue Streak missile and Thor Able rockets. It’s a great place for the kids to find out all about space and just a great day out.
Warwick Castle is about 30 miles away from Leicester but is well worth a visit. The castle is full of plenty of interactive exhibitions to keep the kids entertained as well as a Horrible Histories maze, themed around the popular TV show. There’s the Castle Dungeons where you can have a good laugh at the kids as they are scared by actors and the gruesome special effects. You can also watch a bird of prey display as well as enjoy plenty of other shows. Travelodge recommend travelling to some of the quieter spots in the country to escape the crowds if you want to get a bit more out of your holiday. With the East Midlands greeting just 1.3 million visitors annually, Leicester should be quiet enough for you to really enjoy what it has to offer.
Treetop Adventure Golf
If you fancy a chilled out afternoon, then Treetop Adventure Golf might be perfect for you. This 18-hole mini-golf course will give your family the perfect opportunity to enjoy some bonding and have some fun. There are two courses for you to enjoy, the Tropical Trail and the Ancient Explorer. They are both indoors, so could be the perfect activity should you get rained off. There is even a restaurant on-site should you get hungry.
Gorse Hill City Farm
If the kids love animals, you really should consider taking them to Gorse Hill City Farm. Located just outside of the city centre, this farm gives the local community and visitors the chance to get up-close and personal with farm animals that they wouldn’t normally get the chance to. The working farm looks after more than 100 animals across 20 acres and visitors can learn all about how to care for them. The farm is even a Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST), meaning you will get to see lots of rare breeds of goats, pigs, cattle and sheep on your visit.