Leicester town guide
Leicester has a history stretching back beyond the time of the Roman occupation of Britain. The towns position on the banks of the River Soar doubtless results from the usefulness of the river as a trade route and the ability to cross the river with relative ease.
As England became industrialised Leicester grew to be the centre of the Hosiery Industry helped by good links to the Mersey and Humber by river and canal. The coming of the railways in the nineteenth century nurtured the growth of industry in Leicester to the point where today it is an important centre in many fields.
Latterly Leicester has become a centre of the Space Industry in the UK. Visitor to the National Space Centre will marvel at the futuristic architecture of the Rocket Tower whilst they enjoy a tour of this breathtaking attraction.
The Brocks Hill Environmental Centre caters for visitors with an interest in Environmental concerns. Situated in Brocks Hill Millennium Park it is a notable building for the lack of any connection to the normal building services. There is no mains electricity, gas water or sewers, despite this the centre is able to cope with large numbers of visitors and even has a café.
Not far away, and easily accessible by hire car, is the National Forest. Kids will love the hands-on exploration of nature and everything environmental available at Conkers. Situated at the heart of the National Forest, Conkers is educational, inspirational and great fun.
Offering a nostalgic trip back in time is the Great Central Railway, here you can take a trip on a main line steam hauled railway line, reliving the glorious days when steam reigned supreme.