Living in Leicester
The City of Leicester is undergoing a huge transformation after more than a decade of intensive regeneration, and an investment of £3billion. The city centre is being transformed into a pedestrian-friendly zone and the £350 million Highcross Centre provides an extensive range of shops and restaurants plus a modern cinema complex.
A new £59 million Performing Arts centre (The Curve) opened in 2008 in the heart of the Leicester Cultural Quarter. The Phoenix arts cinema and the DeMontfort Hall provide venues for a wide range of events from comedy to classical music, pop and jazz.
Leicester offers museums and galleries including the New Walk Museum and Art gallery, which houses Sir Richard Attenborough’s unique collection of Picasso ceramics, and the award winning National Space Centre – the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration.
Leicester is well-known as a sporting capital – hosting the country’s best supported rugby team the Leicester Tigers as well as Leicester City Football Club, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester Racecourse that hosts both National Hunt and flat racing meetings.
On Leicester’s doorstep is the National Forest, offering walkways, adventure activities and some of the most impressive landscapes in the region including Charnwood Forest and Swithland Reservoirs. Other attractions in Leicestershire include Belvoir Castle near Melton Mowbray and the historic Bosworth Battlefield. Rutland water is one of the largest man made reservoirs in Europe and supports a wide range of water sports.
Leicester and the surrounding region offer a wide choice of property to buy or rent. In the city itself, there is a diverse mix of flats and apartments. Both new and older properties can be found in leafy parts of Leicester within easy reach of the University. Alternatively, there is property available in the attractive villages and market towns in Leicestershire and Rutland such as Market Harborough and Oakham. House prices are markedly less than those in London.