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Getting here

10-minute walk from Leicester Train Station.

15-minute walk from Hay Market, Leicester Bus Station.

More information about Leicester

Training in Leicester

Leicester is a city in the English East Midlands. It is the most populous town in the East Midlands. The city is near the Soar River, on the eastern edge of the National Forest. It is located to the north of Birmingham and Coventry, to the south of Nottingham, and to the west of Peterborough.
Photograph of Leicester Town Hall Square

Leicester Town Hall Square

Travel to and from Leicester

Photograph of East Midland Airport

East Midland Airport


East Midlands Airport (EMA), the nearest international airport, is approximately 20 miles north-northwest of the city. The airport acts as a hub for regional mail and freight networks. It is an international airport in the East Midlands of England. It serves the whole East Midlands region of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Derbyshire.Leicester Airfield (LRC) is a small airport about 6 miles east of Leicester City Centre that does not have any scheduled flights.


St Margaret’s Bus Station and the recently reopened Haymarket Bus Station are the two main bus terminals in Leicester (May 2016). The primary bus operators in Leicester and the surrounding region are Arriva Fox County, Centrebus, First Leicester, Hinckley Bus (part of Arriva Midlands), Kinchbus, Leicester Bus, and Stagecoach Midlands.St Margaret’s Bus Station is situated on Gravel Street, just north of Leicester City Centre, in the English city of Leicester. It takes its name from St Margaret’s Church, which is located close to Burleys Way. The new bus station features a newsagent, café, public restrooms, an information kiosk, bicycle storage, and a National Express travel centre with passenger waiting areas.
Photograph of St Margaret bus station

St Margaret bus station

Photograph of Leicester Railway Station

Leicester Railway Station


Leicester’s rail network is growing in importance, and with the launch of Eurostar international services from London St Pancras International in November 2007, Leicester railway station gained connections to Lille, Brussels, and Paris.Leicester railway station is a major railway station in the English county of Leicestershire. East Midlands Railway manages the station, which is owned by Network Rail.The Midland Counties Railway opened Leicester station in 1840, and it was renovated in 1894 and 1978. It is located on the Midland Main Line, which connects London St Pancras to Sheffield and Nottingham. It is located approximately 99 miles north of London St Pancras.


Leicester lies near Junctions 21, 21A, and 22 on the major north/south M1 freeway that connects London to Leeds/York. The M1 motorway crosses the M69 motorway/A46 corridor, which links to the A1 and M6 motorways in Newark-on-Trent and Coventry, respectively. The M42 freeway, which connects to Birmingham Airport, terminates in Northwest Leicestershire, around 12 miles (19 km) west of Leicester. Leicester lies at the junction of the A6/(A14), A50, A47, and A607 trunk highways, as well as the A426 and A5199 major routes.
Photograph of Burleys Way, Leicester

Burleys Way, Leicester

Map showing Leicester train stations

Things to do in Leicester

Art Theatres

Leicester is home to several noteworthy art theatres.The Curve is a theatre in the cultural district of Leicester, England. Originally, it was renowned as the Leicester Performing Arts Centre. It is located near the Leicester Athena conference and banqueting facility.
Photograph of Curve Theatre in Leicester

Curve Theatre

Photograph of Peepul Centre in Leicester

Peepul Centre

Andrzej Blonski Architects built the £15 million Peepul Centre, which opened in 2005 and includes an auditorium, restaurant, online café, gym, and dance studio for the local community, in addition to being used for conferences and events.

Other theatres in Leicester

The Little Theatre

Dover Street, Leicester LE1 6PW, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 255 1302

The Y Theatre

7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 255 7066

Sue Townsend Theatre

16 Upper Brown Street, Leicester LE1 5TE, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 224 4080

Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre

4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 242 2800

Map showing theatres in Leicester

Photograph of Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery


Leicester is famous for its world-class museums and diverse cultural offerings.The Leicester Museum & Art Gallery (New Walk Museum and Art Gallery till 2020) is an established public museum in the city centre of Leicester. It opened in 1849 as one of the earliest public museums in the United Kingdom. It hosts international and local exhibits of science, history, and art. The original building was designed by Joseph Hansom, the designer of the hansom cab. It has been renovated several times, most recently in 2011. Major exhibits include dinosaurs, an Egyptian area, minerals of Leicestershire, the first Charnia fossil identified nearby, and a wild space area featuring stuffed animals from around the world.

Other museums in Leicester

The Guildhall Museum

Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 253 2569

Jewry Wall Museum

156-140 St Nicholas Walk, Leicester LE1 4LB, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 225 4971

The Newarke Houses Museum

The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 225 4980

Map showing museums in Leicester


Leicester holds several events each year. Leicester Comedy Event is the largest comedy festival in the United Kingdom. The Leicester Comedy Festival is an annual comedy festival held in Leicester, England, in several venues early in the year. The festival started in 1994, with 40 events spread over 23 venues in Leicestershire over seven days, bringing 5,000 visitors. The festival now gathers over 60,000 guests from all over the world and is considered one of the “Top 5 Comedy Festivals in the World” (The Guardian).
Photograph of Leicester Comedy Event

Leicester Comedy Event

Photograph of Leicester Pride Parade

Leicester Pride Parade

Leicester also celebrates pride month. Leicester Pride is an annual LGBT pride festival that began in 2001 in Leicester, England. The premiere initiative aimed to include lesbian and gay community in the advancement of the Leicester Pride Carnival, as well as to encourage the entire community in the carnival itself and to foster greater acceptance. Arts Council England gave financial assistance to the event. The event is free and starts with a parade from the city centre to Victoria Park.
The Leicester International Short Film Festival, which began in 1996 with the tagline “Seconds Out,” has evolved to become one of the most important short film festivals in the United Kingdom, often taking place in early November at locations such as the Phoenix Square.
Photograph of Phoenix Square in Leicester

Phoenix Square

Places to stay in Leicester

When planning to attend a course in Leicester, consider staying at one of the hotels or B&Bs below.


Premier Inn Leicester North West Hotel

Leicester Road, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8HB, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 321 1087

Days Inn by Wyndham Leicester Forest East M1

Welcome Break Service Area, J21, Leicester Forest East, Leicester LE3 3GB, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 239 0534

Hilton Leicester Hotel

21 Junction Approach, Leicester LE19 1WQ, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 263 0066

Travelodge Leicester Central

Vaughan Wy, Leicester LE1 4NN, United Kingdom.Phone: 0871 984 6254

Premier Inn Leicester (Braunstone) Hotel

Meridian Business Park, 18C Meridian E, Leicester LE19 1LU, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 003 7682

Leicester Marriott Hotel

Grove Park, Smith Way, Enderby, Leicester LE19 1SW, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 282 0100

Premier Inn Leicester (Forest East) Hotel

Hinckley Road, Leicester Forest East, Leicester LE3 3GD, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 003 7686

Premier Inn Leicester Central (A50) Hotel

Heathley Park Dr, Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QE, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 003 7691

Premier Inn Leicester Fosse Park Hotel

Braunstone Lane East, Leicester LE3 2FW, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 003 7674

Premier Inn Leicester City Centre Hotel

St George’s Tower, 1A St Georges Way, Leicester LE1 1AA, United Kingdom.Phone: 0333 003 7695


Abbey Hotel

104 St. Margaret’s Way, Leicester LE4 0BT, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 225 6599

Aylestone Park Hotel

67-69 Belvoir Dr, Aylestone, Leicester LE2 8PB, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 283 3637

Grafton House

7 Saxby Street, Leicester LE2 0ND, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 254 0350

South Fork Guest House

464-466 Narborough Road, Leicester LE3 2FT, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 299 9960

Glenfield Lodge Guest House

4-6 Glenfield Road, Leicester LE3 6AP, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 262 7554

Comfort Guest House

20 Saxby Street, Leicester LE2 0ND, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 254 0674

The Bell Gate House

Bell Gate House, 156 Belgrave Gate, Leicester LE1 3XL, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 224 1111

Campbells Guest House

17-19 Westleigh Road, Leicester LE3 0HH, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 291 4994

Abinger Guest House

175 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TF, United Kingdom.Phone: 07517 126176

Aaron Lodge Guest House

3 Coppice Court, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8PJ, United Kingdom.Phone: 0116 269 4494