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Leicestershire is a county in the East Midlands region of England. Its traditional capital is the county city of Leicester.

Cities, towns and villages[edit]

Map of Leicestershire
Map of Leicestershire





Belvoir Castle
National Space Centre, Leicester
Burrough Hill
Melton Mowbray Pork Pie
Stilton Cheese

Leicestershire's traditional capital is the county city of Leicester, though this is now administered as a unitary authority separate from the rest of the county. Leicestershire is bordered by Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire.


The main language in the countryside is English with a lot of local dialect passed through generations of country living people.

English is the main language. In more urban and multicultural areas such as Leicester other languages may be spoken as well, but English is a necessity to get by.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

1 East Midlands Airport (EMA IATA) is 7 miles north-west of Loughborough on the Derbyshire border at the village of Castle Donington.

By car[edit]

The M1 from London and Leeds runs through the middle of the county, while the M42 from Birmingham will get you into the north west of the county.

By bus[edit]

Leicester and Castle Donington are well served by national bus companies.

By train[edit]

Leicester is on the main London to Leeds line.

Get around[edit]

Over a thousand bus services connecting all major towns and villages.




At the heart of Stilton and Red Leicester cheeses. Also, the home of the Melton Mowbray pork pie.

  • Stilton cheese. Blue cheese with a strong flavour. Stilton cheese (Q466749) on Wikidata Stilton cheese on Wikipedia
  • Red Leicester. Similar in taste and texture to Cheddar cheese though with a characteristic bright orange colour. Red Leicester (Q1892828) on Wikidata Red Leicester on Wikipedia
  • Melton Mowbrey pork pie. Small pork pies from the gastronomic capital of Leicestershire. pork pie (Q3304394) on Wikidata Pork pie on Wikipedia

Particularly in Leicester, "Indian" curry houses are very good in the area. All towns and many villages have a fish and chip shop.


  • Pubs In Measham are must-sees: on Friday or Saturday nights, they have singing, dancing or just a quiet drink: on Sunday nights, they have posh bands and a quiz.
  • The Emporium club in Coalville is famous around the UK. Entry at certain times is often free, but ID is a must to enter.

Go next[edit]

This region travel guide to Leicestershire is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.