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Leicester Bed and Breakfast accommodation at amazing prices

  • Choose from our collection of Leicester B&Bs and boutique hotels.
  • Options vary from small independent hotels to family-run guest houses, where all of your needs will be taken care of by the owner.
  • In all cases, you will have a comfy bed, breakfast will be prepared for you, and you will be given help and advice on travel and local visitor attractions.
  • Our accommodation provides an affordable option to larger hotels and will give an authentic taste of Leicester.

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Getting to Leicester

By Road
Leicester lies on the M1 which carries road traffic from London to Leeds and the North. East to West it is served by the M69 which connects to and from the M6. Several major trunks roads connect Leicester to surrounding counties. Leicester is on Junctions 21 (south of city), 21A and 22 (north of city) of the M1 motorway.

By Air
The nearest public airport to Leicester is Nottingham East Midlands Airport. There is no direct rail link from the airport to Leicester: we would therefore recommend using a coach or taxi. http://www.eastmidlandsairport.com

By Rail
Leicester is easy to get to by train. Midland Mainline runs frequent train services to and from London St Pancras. National Rail Enquiries - for timetables, journey planners and ticket sales: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.

History 

Leicester History

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A brief history of Leicester

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back 2000 years. Ancient Roman pavements and baths remain in Leicester from its early settlement as Ratae Corieltauvorum, a Roman military outpost in a region inhabited by the Celtic Corieltauvi tribe.

Following the demise of Roman society, the early medieval Ratae Corieltauvorum is shrouded in obscurity, but when the settlement was captured by the Danes it became one of five fortified towns important to the Danelaw. The name Leicester is thought to derive from the words castra of the Ligore, meaning a camp on the River Legro, an early name for the River Soar. Leicester appears in the Domesday Book as Ledecestre. Leicester continued to grow throughout the Early Modern period as a market town, although it was the Industrial Revolution that facilitated an unparalled process of unplanned urbanisation in the area.

Famous inhabitants of Leicester include Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for just nine days in July 1553 before being executed and Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man. Obliged to earn a living by selling goods on the street, Merrick was constantly harassed by local children, twice ending up in the Leicester Union Workhouse.

The University

The University of Leicester is a research-led university. It has scientific research groups in the areas of astrophysics, biochemistry and genetics. The techniques used in Genetic fingerprinting were invented and developed at Leicester in 1985 by Sir Alec Jeffreys.

Literary connections include Kingsley Amis, who is believed to have partially based his novel Lucky Jim on Leicester University. Amis is alleged to have been inspired to write the book when visiting his friend Phillip Larkin who was working at the university as a librarian at the time. Malcolm Bradbury also used Leicester as a basis for his satire on university life, Eating People Is Wrong.

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