It’s true that student life sometimes may get a bit tiring and monotonous. What’s best though than doing something different in order to help your mind relax from the stress of the university life. I’ve been in Leicester since September 2014 and I’ve already explored a lot of places here. I’ll list ten of the best things I did whilst in Leicester and which I recommend visiting.
1. King Richard III Visitor Centre
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably have heard of King Richard’s skeleton discovery that happened in Leicester on February 2013. The University of Leicester contributed in the discovery as they used DNA sampling to link the skeleton to Richard III’s descendants. I’ve visited the centre myself with a bunch of friends and we had a fun and educational day there! The centre reminds of an interactive museum where the visitors are exposed to the controversial life of King Richard III and they are also able to see the place where the skeleton was found. I definitely recommend visiting as it will only cost you £7 if you show your student card! Here’s a link to the centre’s webiste to have a look at: http://kriii.com/
2. Local pubs
You won’t feel proper English until you have visited a local pub and have had fish and chips with a pint of beer. Most of my classes this term end around lunch time so usually we will head to a local pub and have a cheap meal and a drink, enjoy old school music and have a casual chat. I’ve been to quite a few pubs here in Leicester that I enjoyed like The Marquis Wellington, O’Neill’s and The Old Horse. I’ve also been to a few bars during the night that are ideal if you want to have a drink and hang out with friends like Firebug, Soar Point and Yates’s.
3. Heavenly Desserts
This place is quite popular here in Leicester even though i didn’t have the chance to visit it yet. If you fancy any kind of dessert or desperately need sugar in your system you should definitely visit. The prices are reasonable and it’s open until midnight. Click here for more info: http://www.heavenlydesserts.co/ Or visit their Facebook page: Heavenly Desserts.
4. Shopping in town
I couldn’t not mention Leicester’s city center. There’s nothing better than going for a walk in town and enjoy shopping from some of the biggest names in the business. And if the weather is not ideal, Highcross shopping center is the best option either for shopping or having coffee with friends.
It is indeed true that a student’s university life involves many hours of hard work and studying, however it is also true that university years are the best years to party, go clubbing and have fun. Leicester’s nightlife is pretty wild during the weekends and I can assure that myself. I’ve been to a few different clubs over my time here, some of them were amazing and they were playing music that I like but some of them weren’t really my cup of tea. Mosh was the most recent club I’ve been to and I really enjoyed the fact that they have three floors playing three different types of music (Indie & Alternative, Pop Mash-Up and Current Dance). I also definitely suggest going to Canvas , Republic and O2 Academy.
6. Hookah Lounge Café
Recently, one of my friends suggested we should have a chill night and go to a hookah place. Al Majilis is at Dryden Street and they are open from 12:00 until 2:00. It’s a perfect place to relax, enjoy a hot drink whilst smoking shisha with friends. They have different flavors you could choose from and they also serve delicious desserts! It’s a nice and alternative idea when you don’t feel like going out and doing much.
7. Victoria Park
If you’re a university of Leicester student then you definitely know what I’m going to talk about. Located in London Road, Victoria Park is a beautiful attraction for many visitors. It’s close to the Railway Station and New Walk. It includes play areas, skate and sport facilities.
Even though I’m not a big fan myself and even though I’ve only been there once, I would recommend Grosvenor Casino just because it’s something different and I enjoyed being there. It’s located in Highcross Street and they promise you to have a brilliant night. They offer several packages and they have a range of games that you can join. If you’re going there for the first time you will need to register before entering the casino but it only takes 5 minutes and then you’re able to join any game and have an incredible night out!
9. King Power Stadium
The home of Leicester City Football Club where it is located very close to the city center and offers many facilities for anyone who would like to visit. Despite the fact that you may not be a football fan, I strongly believe that visiting the King Power Stadium to watch a football match would be a great experience. The stadium has the capacity of 32.500 people and offers to their visitors free car parking and wifi.
10. River Soar
I decided to end this list with a beautiful sight that everyone should visit whilst in Leicester. Walk along the River Soar as it is a relaxing way to spend your day as well as to ‘get-in-touch’ with nature. The river is a favored tourist attraction sight and a popular location for match and occasional fishing.