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To help you make the most of a visit, we’ve put together a few itinerary suggestions

To really make the most of a visit to Leicestershire we would always recommend staying for one or more nights. To help you make the most of a visit, we’ve put together a few itinerary suggestions.

Don’t forget, these are only suggestions. If there’s somewhere you really want to see, or something that you really want to do, we can put together a bespoke itinerary to suit your specific requirements.

A king, a car park and a cathedral

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre | GoLeicestershire

The remarkable discovery of the remains of King Richard III under a car park in the centre of Leicester captivated the nation. In this three-day itinerary we discover the real story with visits to the King Richard III Visitor Centre and Leicester Cathedral, and step back in time to 1485 at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. We take a walking tour of the historic centre of Leicester and find out the link between the king and space exploration with afternoon tea under a rocket at the fascinating National Space Centre.

Suggested itinerary by coach


Day 1

Travel to Leicestershire

Enjoy a relaxing journey to Leicestershire. In the afternoon visit the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre for a tour and afternoon tea.

Day 2

Leicester walking tour, King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester Cathedral, National Space Centre

This morning we meet our Blue Badge Tourist Guide for a 90-minute walking tour of Leicester’s historic city centre. We start at Leicester Cathedral where King Richard III is interred. We visit the medieval Guildhall and Leicester Castle before visiting the King Richard III Visitor Centre where the remarkable story of the search for the king is told. The centre is built over the actual location in the council car park where the remains were found. There’s free time for you to explore the city centre and have lunch. Visit the modern Highcross shopping centre, see the famous Clock Tower and wander through Leicester’s famous covered market.

In the afternoon we take a tour of Leicester’s Curve theatre, a spectacular and award-winning theatre within a theatre, with no traditional backstage area.

We rejoin our coach to travel the short distance to the National Space Centre where we take a tour of the six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, and a unique 3D Simulator Experience. For our final experience of the day we take afternoon tea under the 42m-high Rocket Tower. We return to our hotel with time to relax before dinner.

Day 3

Return home

We leave Leicester and start our journey home. Depending on the route why not include a visit to Foxton Locks, Rockingham Castle, Calke Abbey (NT), 1620s House and Garden or the National Memorial Arboretum.

Suggested Hotels

Hilton Leicester Hotel; Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel; Leicester Marriott Hotel

Eat, drink and be Melton

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe | GoLeicestershireLeicestershire has long been associated with food and drink, the countryside providing a unique opportunity for local farmers, brewers and other artisans to produce a menu guaranteed to tempt groups of all ages. At the heart of all of this is the market town of Melton Mowbray, now known far and wide as the UK’s ‘Rural Capital of Food’, and the former home of Anne of Cleves.

This three-day itinerary combines a guided walking tour of Melton with visits to Ye Olde Pork Pie Shop and the Melton Cheeseboard. We take lunch in the heart of the countryside, stop-off at Brockleby’s Farm Shop, and go behind the scenes at Belvoir Brewery, a fast-growing micro-brewery. Oh, and did we mention the tastings? This is a tour that will appeal to every palate.


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Leicestershire

Enjoy a relaxing journey to Leicestershire. Depending on the route and timings, why not add in an afternoon stop-off. See suggested options below.

Day 2

Melton, walking tour, Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, Melton Cheeseboard, lunch at J & L Garden Centre and Alpine Restaurant, Belvoir Brewery

We leave our hotel and travel to Melton Mowbray. We take a 90-minute guided walking tour to discover the secrets of this delightful market town including the link with Anne of Cleves, Henry XVIII’s fourth wife. We visit Dickinson & Morris’ Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, home to the famous Melton Mowbray pork pie. Watch as the experts ‘hand-raise’ a pork pie. Perhaps have a go yourself, but don’t leave without sampling the tasty product. A short walk away is the Melton Cheeseboard, a delightful shop selling more than 150 different cheeses, many produced locally. There’s an opportunity to taste some of the different varieties.

We rejoin our coach for the short journey to the Grange Garden Centre and Alpine Restaurant. It can be quite a surprise coming across a wooden ski lodge in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, but you won’t be surprised at the high quality of the food, sourced from local suppliers. Within the grounds of the centre is Brockleby’s Farm Shop, where you can buy locally produced goodies.
In the afternoon we take a gentle drive through the picturesque Leicestershire countryside, with views of the imposing Belvoir Castle, situated high above the Vale of Belvoir, and the current home of the 11th Duke of Rutland. Our final stop is at Belvoir Brewery, an award-winning micro-brewery. A tour reveals many of the secrets of the process, ending with a tasting. We return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.

Note – Depending on dates and availability, it may be possible to include a visit and a tour of Belvoir Castle. In October, Melton hosts the East Midlands Food and Drink Festival, with more than 200 different local food and drink suppliers. Your tour itinerary can be tailored to suit. Ask for details.

Day 3

Return home

If route and time permit, why not include a stop-off. See suggestions below.

Suggested options for stop-offs on your journey to and/or from Leicestershire.

From the south, visit Foxton Locks.
From the south east or east, visit Rockingham Castle.
From the north or north west, visit Calke Abbey (NT), or
1620s House and Garden.
From the west, visit the National Memorial Arboretum.
For a unique start to your visit, enjoy a real taste of Leicestershire with a Luxury Afternoon Tea in the stylish Cromwell Pullman Car on a 75-minute round-trip on the Great Central Railway from Loughborough (3.15pm depart)

Suggested Hotels

Hilton Leicester Hotel; Leicester Marriott Hotel.