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Leicestershire – Famous for Stilton and Red Leicester cheese

Leicestershire is a county located in the centre of England and occupied by Anglo-Saxons in the early part of its history, before it became a victim to the Danes around 870 AD.

The county is considered to be the birthplace of fox hunting, a somewhat controversial sport nowadays, and it is a fox that appears on the Arms of Leicestershire County Council.

The economy in Leicestershire has been supported by a number of different industries, such as bellfounding, including the largest bell in Britain “Great Paul”, which was made for St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Lead roofing, stained windows and steamed powered engines have also been produced in the county, along with coal mines in the past.

Engineering companies still exist in the county (in different areas) and farming still plays an important part, in particular livestock like sheep, cattle and pigs.

Stilton and Red Leicester cheese are well known in the UK, as are the pork pies, which many will associate with Melton Mowbray.

Reasons to visit Leicestershire

Leicestershire has a number of attractions, which include Belvoir Castle (and stately home), Kirby Muxloe Castle (an unfinished 15th century fortified manor house) and the ruins of Ashby de la Zouch Castle.

Railway enthusiasts should enjoy The Battlefield Line Railway, The Great Central Railway (Britain’s only double track mainline heritage railway) and the Stapleford Miniature Railway.

Other places of interest include Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, Burrough Hill Iron Age Hill Fort, Donington Park (and Donington Grand Prix Collection museum), Leicester Cathedral (the fourth smallest Anglican cathedral in England), Mallory Park, The National Space Centre (look out Houston!) and Watermead Country Park.

Entertainment and Dining in Leicestershire

There are a number of theatres and musical festivals in Leicestershire, as well as cinemas, nightclubs and pubs. Restaurants include Restaurant twenty six in Hinckley, The Boot Room Restaurant in Leicester and La Torre (Italian) in Melton Mowbray.

Accommodation in Leicestershire

Leicestershire offers Guest Houses, B&Bs, Self-Catering apartments and camping facilities. Hotels include the Premier Inn Leicester South in Oadby, Ragdale Hall Health Hydro in Melton Mowbray and Marriott Leicester in Enderby.