Top 10 attractions to see in Leicester

DONINGTON GRAND PRIX COLLECTION

The Motor Museum ON SITE at Castle Donington racetrack.  Special discount admission of 5 on production of show ticket.

The world’s largest collection of Grand Prix racing cars. Five halls containing over 130 exhibits depicting motor sport from the turn of the last century to the present. It features the largest collection of McLaren racing cars in the world plus Mansell’s Williams, Senna’s McLaren, BRM, Lotus, Vanwall and cars driven by Moss, Nuvolari, Clark, Prost and many more including making record breaking Bentleys.

SHOPPING

The shopping centres of Derby (Eagle Centre), Leicester (The Shires and Haymarket) Loughborough (Carillon Centre) and Nottingham (Broad Marsh and Victoria Centres) are all within easy reach. Circa 20 minutes by car.

NATIONAL TRUST, 10 miles S. Derby on A514 at Ticknall between Swadlincote and Melbourne.

Visit the stately home where time stood still from 1924, church, orangery, ice house, pheasant aviaries, gardens and 600 acres of parkland. Restaurant on site.

HEART OF THE NATIONAL FOREST VISITOR CENTRE

Parkland of the new National Forest including  Visitor Centre, Forest Experience, Garden Centre, Lakeside Restaurant, Once a Tree gift shop focussing on wooden objects of all descriptions, craft workshops, outdoor wooden products furniture and fencing shop, cycle hire and children’s playground.

Impressive early 19th century blast furnace one of the best preserved in Europe. woodland walks, children’s playground and Ashby Canal undergoing restoration.

SUDBURY HALL, Sudbury, Derbys, DE6 5HT.

NATIONAL TRUST, 14 miles W. Derby, 6  miles E of Uttoxeter on A50 Includes the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Queen Adelaide’s bedroom, the Long Gallery (as used in BBC Pride & Prejudice, formal gardens, gift shop.

TWYCROSS ZOO, Twycross,  N.Leics close to J11 M42 on A444

Particularly famous for primates including the Brooke Bond chimps and has all the other attractions of Zoos such as baby elephants. Restaurant, picnic areas, etc.

Alternative locations

  • East Midlands Airport
  • Shops, bars, restaurants and spectators’ balcony Further info on 01332 852852
  • Elvaston Castle & Country Park
  • Museum and stately home further info from derby Tourist Board see below.
  • Snibston Discovery Park, Ashby Road, Coalville,
  • Science Discovery Park, museum and tourist information.