Leicester lies in the heart of the Midlands. It has been the home of the Romans, the Tudors and the Industrial Revolution. Today it’s a multi ethnic and diverse city to visit.
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England with a history going back at least 2,000 years. The ancient Roman settlement of Ratae Corieltauvorum, famous for its baths, can still be seen at Jewry Wall. It became a significant trading centre along the Fosse Way, the road between Lincoln and Exeter, and one of the largest towns in Roman Britain.
|Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester from Wikimedia Commons|
In Tudor times a few prominent people were born, and died, in the city. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died here on the way to the Tower of London; he is buried in Leicester Abbey. Lady Jane Grey, Queen Regent for nine days was born here, and Robert Dudley, the alleged one time lover of Queen Elizabeth I was the Earl of Leicester.
Today you can still witness the Roman and the Tudor influence; you can also see the Grand Union Canal, something which played an important role in the Industrial Revolution. Built in the 1790s’, the canal linked Leicester to London, and today is a great place to see some working locks. Why not discover Leicestershire’s tourist sites in and around the city at your own pace with a Leicester Car Hire. You can visit the Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre and learn about King Richard III and Henry Tudor, or perhaps try one of the stately homes; Stanford Hall, Calke Abbey, or Belvoir Castle (pronounced Beaver), where battle re-enactments, pheasant shoots and wedding are held, although not at the same time.