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Whether you're after great scenery, historic buildings, family attractions or some retail therapy, Leicester has got it all. Take in a show at the modern Curve venue in Leicester, have a flutter at the city's racecourse, or set your sight on the stars at the National Space Centre. Step back in time at stately homes like the elegant 18th-century Kelmarsh Hall or explore Ashby de la Zouch Castle.
Enjoy a family day out at Conkers, an award-winning discovery centre at the heart of the National Forest providing a mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Take the Ashby Woulds heritage trail which passes through countryside rich in social and industrial history. Explore the world of steam at Abbey Pumping Station, a former 19th-century sewage station, now home to the Museum of Science and Technology in Leicester. Or spread your wings at the Aeropark at East Midlands Airport where you can see aircraft from yesteryear, or learn about the decline of a great country estate at Calke Abbey.
Things to do
Head for the great outdoors and get to know Leicestershire's countryside. Grab a pair of boots, hire a bike or take to the waterways. Great spots include Beacon Hill country park which offers 330 acres of grassland and woodland. Or visit Market Bosworth country park, 87 acres of parkland with a maple and oak arboretum and children's adventure playground, or picturesque Charnwood Forest.
Make a day of it in Leicester which has a museum next to the remains of Roman Baths with many important artefacts such as mosaic floors. Or visit the timbered Guildhall, built in the 14th century.
Wander through the gardens of Abbey Park and check out Picasso ceramics and expressionist art at the city's museum and art gallery. Leicester is well served by shops and has an open air market.
Eating and drinking
Leicestershire has a good range of restaurants, bars, cafés and pubs. Head to the Ale Wagon in Leicester for the owners' own beers, or the Olive Branch gastropub in Clipsham, Michelin-recommended since 2002. For Indian food seek out the hotly recommended Khyber Tandoori.
Arts, culture and nightlife
The Curve in Leicester hosts a wide range of shows including plays, concerts, dance and stand-up comedy. The O2 Academy and The Soundhouse stage live music. Several venues stage live comedy or choose from over 4,000 pubs, or for nightclubbing, head to The Long Bar or Liquid & Envy.
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