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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“On the south-east side of Charnwood Forest is medieval deer park Bradgate Park. At its highest point is the eye-catching Old John Tower, a grade II listed, two-storey, gothic tower. Fondly referred to as the ‘icon of Leicestershire’. If a photo with Old John isn’t enough then get your camera ready for a chance to snap a royal. Bradgate House, which now lies in ruins, was the birthplace of England’s forgotten queen Lady Jane Grey. Legend has it that on New Year’s Eve a ghostly coach leaves the ruins of her former home and travels to nearby All Saints Church only to vanish as Lady Grey climbs out of the coach. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Establishment
“There’s no end of photos of dogs, cats and crazy exotic pets on Instagram so why not be different and visit the only zoo in the UK where you can see all types of great ape – gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo. Twycross Zoo is perfect for that one of a kind photo with around 500 animals of 125 species plus hundreds of creepy crawlies too. You’ll also see two of their newest residents, critically endangered Sumatran tigers Jahly and Sialang. Of course, there’s all the favourites like snow leopards, giraffes, zebras, meerkats and more! Always remember to show respect for nature and be careful with your selfies.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Bosworth Battlefield, Heritage Centre, guided walks, open 7 days a week, 20 minutes away”
  • 9 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The highlight of Leicestershire in my opinion a stones throw from where i grew up acres a fields and scenery with a deer reserve and cute cafe.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Upmarket Italian restaurant in a beautiful lakeside setting. Booking usually essential.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Excellent premises and service. Fine dining in a relaxed but sophisticated restaurant”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Park
“Tropical Birdland, 6 acre tropical bird zoo with over 250 birds, many free flying, open 7 days a week, 20 minutes away”
  • 3 locals recommend
Rv Park
“lots of open space, walks around the water you can also paddle in the water, play area, ducks to feed.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best sea food restaurants in the area. It is slightly pricier than other restaurants but food is excellent. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“5sq mile deer park. Need to pay for car park. Lady Jane Grey, Englands shortest reigning Queen lived here.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“Great for walks any time of year and seeing wildlife. 15 minute bus ride to get there. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bus Station
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“It is on the edge of Bradgate Park, the former home of Lady Jane Grey the 9 day queen of England. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
“Good breakfasts and light lunches followed by a walk along the canal to the Bosworth Battlefield and steam railway.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends