Leicester has recently been attracting fresh eyes, after the discovery of Richard III's body, and if you're one of the travellers who's had their interest renewed, you can also expect to find Roman ruins, some exquisite Elizabethan castles and stately homes, and some, sadly, bomb damaged industrial centres. Aside from the Roman ruins, you can fine examples of the best places to stay in Leicestershire in all of these!
Leicester was actually one of England's oldest cities, founded, like London, by the Romans. You can see the remains of the Roman Bath House at the Jewry Wall Museum near the centre of town. But its oldest surviving building is a 12th Century church called St. Mary de Castro, which, as you might guess from the name, stands within the grounds of the ruins of Leicester Castle - this is the church in which Geoffrey Chaucer was married in 1336. Leicester Cathedral is also worth a visit, as is the new Richard III Visitor Centre.
Leicester also has some interesting architecture and some nice parks, and the National Space Centre!
Among Leicestershire's other large centres are Melton Mowbray - famous for its pies and Stilton cheese, Market Harborough - known for its market centre, schools and fox hunting, and Loughborough, a market town known for its textiles and now its university.
Outside the towns you'll find the Bosworth Battle Heritage Centre, a family nature centre called 'Conkers', a number of stately homes and plenty of green belt and forest to explore.
Leicestershire borders peaceful Rutland to the east, and the lovely views, walks and wildlife of Rutland Water are only about 20 minutes from Leicester.
There is a wide range of accommodation in this county, but our pick of the best places to stay in Leicestershire embodies country house luxury. For those not necessarily looking for such grandeur, you'll find smaller guesthouses, B&Bs and coaching inns.
nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Unusual and massive Georgian country house hotel and sporting estate, popular for weddings and corporate events. Plenty of activities for the active, including golf.