Leicester Tourism, United Kingdom

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Leicester (/ˈlɛstər/ LESS-tər) is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. In the 2011 census the population of the City of Leicester unitary authority was approximately 330,000 making it the most populous municipality in the East Midlands region. The associated urban area is also the 11th most populous in England and the 13th most populous the United Kingdom. Leicester is at the intersection of the north/south Midland Main Line and east/west Birmingham/Leicester/Cambridge CrossCountry railway lines and the confluence of the M1/M69 motorways and the A6/A46 trunk routes.


 Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, being in the equation since 50 CE. Yes, the city was in fact founded by Romans and was originally named as Ratae Corieltauvorum. Thanks to that, it today boasts of various Roman and Medieval architecture (mostly in the old town) along with the modern structures that came after it. It is one of the most diverse cities in the region and accommodates a dynamic cosmopolitan vibe that appeals to tourists and folks alike. Among all the old buildings that are a must see here, the prominent ones are St Nicholas' church, Leicester Cathedral, St. Mary de Castro and Leicester Guildhall. Travellers who like to indulge in nature can go for a stroll in places like Abbey Park and New Walk. For shopping, there is The Golden Mile and if you wish to get a closer look into the city, set off on an adventurous and explore its shops, restaurants, stunning architecture and a culture that is unlike anything you have ever experienced before!


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Facts and Stats for Leicester*

  • Pollution Statistics in Leicester

    Know the pollution level of Leicester before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 20.83 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Leicester: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Leicester for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Leicester.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 26.04 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 34.38 (Low)
    • Attacks 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 53.26 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.17 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 44.79 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 51.04 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.88 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.92 (Moderate)
  • Living in Leicester - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Leicester is 174.92 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 57.82 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.28 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 30.46 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.14 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.91 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 65.57 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.13 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 116.63 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Leicester

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Leicester

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.04 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.74 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.83 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 72.89 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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