8 Other Reasons Why Leicester Should Be Your New Favourite City

Forget the football

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Thanks to Jamie Vardy and co, Leicester is now the most talked about city in the world. 

But it has so much more than the most remarkable story in the history of English football to offer.

Here are some other reasons to make Leicester your new favourite city.

1 | It's the centre of England

The exact centre is marked on a farm outside a village called Fenny Drayton. Try the 6-mile walk from Witherley to Ratcliffe Culey via Fenny Dryton. There's a great pub in each village.

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2 | King of snacks

The home of  Walkers, where crisps was made from frying a hand sliced potato, and Fox's Glacier Mints too.

3 | The best for a curry

When in Leicester make sure you pick up a takeaway from Masalas curry house - voted the Best Takeaway Curry Award at The English Curry Awards in 2015.

4 | Some famous faces

Not only the birthplace of Gary Lineker and singer Englebert Humperdinck, The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick, was raised in Leicester before moving to the capital as a human exhibition.

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5 | The biggest market

800-year-old Leicester Market (above), is the largest outdoor covered market in Europe, with around 270 stalls. Pop along for fresh fish, pies and tripe.

6 | Culturally diverse

Every year, up to 35,000 people gather in Leicester to celebrate the hindu festival of Diwali - the biggest Diwali festival outside of India. Leicester is also the first city in the world to house a Jain centre, catering for all Jain sects.

7 | The music scene

Home of once-cool rock band Kasabian, Leicester has a thriving music scene and boasts some of the best music venues in the UK. The Basement is great for funk, soul and jazz while The Donkey has hosted some intimate gigs with bands such as Fun Lovin Criminals and Alabama 3.

8 | Gaze at the stars

The National Space Centre is one of most visited (space-based) attractions is the UK. Pop in for some lunch in the restaurant, which can be found beneath the two nozzles of ballistic missiles Blue Streak and PGM-17 Thor. Pretty cool