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Leicester is a town in the East Midlands and is a place which is easily accessible from almost anywhere in England. Known for a variety of things, including its rugby union team, its multicultural population and the quality of the curries on offer, Leicester is well worth a visit.

Why go?

A bustling, cosmopolitan working city, Leicester has much to offer the visitor staying for a few days or using it as a base to explore the East Midlands area...

Perhaps the most exciting attraction in the city is the National Space Centre, located on the banks of the River Soar. It was from here that the Beagle 2 Mars Spacecraft was controlled and visitors can also see the only Soyuz spacecraft on display in Western Europe. Another museum well worth a visit is the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, where a wide ranging collection of exhibits and art works allows visitors to explore the cultural heritage of the world. Don't forget to visit the National Gas Museum during your stay.

Newark Houses Museum tells the story of the city itself and also includes the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment for military buffs who are travelling by the kind of car hire Leicester offers. Anyone who fancies taking in some evening entertainment of a musical nature should head to the Guildhall, which is one of the Midlands' finest concert venues.

If you would rather spend your time shopping, then the Highcross Centre has all the high street names you would expect. Once you have worked up an appetite, head to Belgrave Road, where the city's famous 'Curry Mile' begins. Here you will find some of the UK's best curry restaurants and you can spend an entire trip on this road.

Car hire can be arranged for pick up at several downtown locations as well as from the nearby East Midlands airport.

Where to explore?

Once you have explored everything the city itself has to offer, then you may well want to use your Leicester car hire to get out to some of the other great attractions in the East Midlands...

Nottingham and Derby are not far away and neither is Coventry. Leicester enjoys great motorway links in the shape of the M1, M6 and M42 and M69, putting a lot of places within reach.

Rutland Water is close by and bird watchers will love spending time on the shoreline of this reservoir. There is also plenty of opportunity to enjoy water sports such as sailing and canoeing. If that makes you hungry, then you may well want to take a trip to Melton Mowbray for one of the excellent local pork pies. History lovers will want to explore the epic story of King Richard III at Bosworth battlefield, while Donington Race Track provides plenty of thrills for those travellers who like their entertainment at bit more high octane and petrol fuelled.

Leicester and the surrounding area offer plenty to residents and visitors alike who want to hire a car to explore the region. To find the best price on car hire in Leicester, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.