A city and county town in the heart of Leicestershire, Leicester is an area that’s friendly, thriving, and incredibly rich in culture. Leicester lies on the River Soar, close to the eastern end of the National Forest. As the largest settlement in the East Midlands, the city has a large and diverse population, with the number of residents increasing by over 11% in just 10 years to around 560,000 people as of 2022.
Leicester is one of England’s oldest cities, with a history that spans as far back as at least two millennia. The city’s native Iron Age settlement encountered by the Romans is thought to have emerged in the 2nd or 1st century BC, with the later Roman name for the area being a latinate form of the Brittonic word for ‘ramparts’, which suggests Leicetser was once a large fortified Iron Age settlement or town (known as an oppidum).
Today, Leicester is home to the second largest economy in the entirety of the East Midlands, with a historically rich production of textiles, clothing, and shoes. Engineering is also a key part of the local economy in Leicester, with a strong commitment to nurturing young engineers with apprenticeship schemes, as well as through academic-industrial connections with the engineering departments at their two popular universities, Leicester University and De Montfort University.
Leicester is also home to thirteen Grade I listed buildings and ten Scheduled Monuments, including the Leicester Castle and Jewry Wall. You’ll never be short of things to do in Leicester, with a hub of vibrant activities to explore everywhere you go, from their Tropical Birdland with over 250 free-flying parrots, to their interactive National Space Centre, to their King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City FC.