Leicester is a city in England’s East Midlands region. Leicester Cathedral, where Richard III was reinterred in 2015, has stood at the city’s heart for over 900 years. Close by, the King Richard III Visitor Centre tells the story of the king’s life and death and displays his original burial site. The ruins of Leicester Castle, where Richard III spent some of his last days, lie in Castle Gardens, near the River Soar.
Leicester/shire is located right at the heart of the UK – making travel to other parts of the country a lot easier. You’ll only be approximately one hour from Birmingham, or you can get to London by train in a similar time. There are regular direct trains to St Pancras International, making travelling in and around London easy, as well as giving you the option to travel to Europe on the Eurostar. Leicester train station is conveniently located within walking distance of the city centre, or there are other popular train stations in Syston, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Hinckley and Melton.x
Getting to Leicester/shire
By bus or coach – If you are travelling to Leicester by bus or coach, you will arrive at St Margaret’s Bus Station in the city centre. You can get a bus to most places from here, or the Haymarket Bus Station which is about five minutes’ walk from St Margaret’s.
By train – Most of the Leicester/shire lines cover London-Sheffield and the Birmingham-Stansted lines. Approximate journey-times and frequencies of trains are from the main railway station in Leicester:
- From London (St Pancras station): 70-90 minutes/four times an hour
- From Birmingham (New Street station): 60 minutes/twice an hour
- From Luton (Airport Parkway station): 60 minutes/hourly
- From Stansted Airport: 2 hours 30 minutes/approximately hourly
Most of the time there is a taxi rank at the railway station if preferred, but otherwise, the bus stations mentioned above are a short walk from the main Leicester railway station.
By car – You can use our provider map under Initial Teacher Training; Find Training Providers get the post code of each provider. If you are looking at our open events, these are held at one of the schools within the provider network and all details can be found from the open events page.
By plane – We are close to several major airports, such as Birmingham and East Midlands with good bus and train connections to Leicester.
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Affordable, central, well-connected and cosmopolitan, Leicester is a popular choice for property buyers.
For seasons to come, winning the 2016 Premier League is likely to be the single event that Leicester is best known for. But this east Midlands’ city offers a lot more for the longer-term too, including a strong economy, diverse and interesting leisure pursuits, major redevelopment and – as Britain’s first European Sustainable City – plenty of green spaces too. All good news if you are planning to buy a home there.
Sitting right in the centre of England, Leicester is a vibrant hub of culture, heritage and modernity, offering easy access to the rest of the country. But while its transport links make it prime commuter territory, Leicester is also a popular place to work as well as live – and ranked highly in Totally Money’s Best Places in the UK to Make a Living survey.
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Take a look at the links below to find out as much as you want about the Leicester/Leicestershire area.
Living In Leicester and Leicestershire
Multiculturalism in Leicester – all you need to know about our multicultural city.
10 Amazing Things About Leicester and Leicestershire – learn something new about Leicester and Leicestershire