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Tour of Leicester's Southfields (Self Guided), Leicester

The southern area of Leicester is known as Southfields. This section of the city is home to a number of Leicester's significant landmarks, parks and memorials. Take this tour to learn more about Leicester's charming Southfields District.
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Tour of Leicester's Southfields Map

Guide Name: Tour of Leicester's Southfields
Guide Location: England » Leicester (See other walking tours in Leicester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: Ella
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Leicester University
  • Welford Road Cemetery
  • War Memorial
  • De Montfort Hall
  • Victoria Park
  • St. James the Greater Church
  • The Old Horse
  • The Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Top Hat Terrace
  • Leicester Railway Station and Thomas Cook Statue
Leicester University

1) Leicester University

The famous University of Leicester opened in 1921 as University College. The main buildings of the University are situated near Victoria Park. The University was donated by Thomas Fielding Johnson in memory of the victims of World War I. In 1957 it was granted a Royal Charter. Today more than 22,000 students attend Leicester University. The school has a strong reputation in the fields of astrophysics, genetics and biochemistry.
Welford Road Cemetery

2) Welford Road Cemetery

The Leicester General Cemetery Company was founded in 1845, and the cemetery itself opened in 1849. The original parts of the cemetery were built to a symmetrical plan. Two adjacent chapels were built, serving both Anglicans and non-Anglicans. Similarly, the original cemetery contained roughly equal areas of consecrated and unconsecrated ground. The two chapels have now been demolished, as has a gothic lodge near the main entrance. The gardener's lodge survives as the University of Leicester chaplaincy, and the 1895 ornate entrance gates are still in place. A modern visitor's centre is located near the cemetery's main entrance. The cemetery contains several war graves, and has a war memorial.

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War Memorial

3) War Memorial

The War Memorial, a 320-meter-high arch, was erected in memory of the soldiers killed during World War I. Architect Edwin Lutyens designed the memorial in 1923 and incorporated a number of elements from previous war memorials he created. The memorial stands at the northern entrance to Victoria Park. The path approaching the memorial is lined with beautiful trees and flowers.
De Montfort Hall

4) De Montfort Hall

De Montfort Hall is a music and performance venue in Leicester. The Hall was built by the Corporation of Leicester in the early 20th century, and was finished in 1913 costing £21,000. Its indoor auditorium seating capacity is approximately 2000, and the hall contains a recently restored pipe organ believed to be the only surviving example of a large concert organ constructed by the Leicester organ builders, Stephen Taylor & Son Ltd. The organ is a particularly fine example, attracting many distinguished organists to play recitals. Most of the Hall's events take place in the indoor auditorium where the programme of events ranges from jazz, ballet, comedy and opera, to world and roots music, West End musicals and classical music, featuring the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Victoria Park

5) Victoria Park

Victoria Park in Leicester, England is a public park of 69 acres (279,000 square meters). It has facilities for various sports, including tennis, basketball, bowls, croquet, football and cricket. A skate park has been recently added. The park is sometimes used as a venue for outdoor events - in recent years these have included BBC Radio 1's One Big Sunday, the Leicester Caribbean Carnival, and Leicester Pride. A pavilion provides changing facilities, and is also the site of a cafe. The park is home to two memorials. The War Memorial, a quadrifrons arch, built in 1923, to commemorate the dead of the First World War. The memorial, a Grade I listed building, stands at the top of an ornamental walkway ("Peace Walk") with gates opening on to University Road. A smaller memorial near the cafe commemorates the American 82nd Airborne Division, stationed in Leicester prior to D-Day.

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St. James the Greater Church

6) St. James the Greater Church

St. James the Greater is a parish church situated on London Road opposite Victoria Park. The church was built in 1880 but has been rebuilt several times over the years. Constructed of brick and terracotta, it was designed to model the churches of Venice and Florence. Of particular interest here is the organ that was constructed and installed in 1923. It is one of three historic organs in Leicester. The church is exquisitely decorated inside and has a number of statues of saints adorning its exterior.
The Old Horse

7) The Old Horse

The Old Horse Inn is located on London Road near Victoria Park and the University of Leicester, not far from the railway station. The inn was built in the 1800s and was originally known as the Coaching Inn. Today the inn welcomes one and all with home-cooked food and a variety of high-quality ales. Its courtyard full of flowers, tasty food and theme nights attract many visitors.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church

8) The Seventh Day Adventist Church

One of the most beautiful and graceful Gothic churches in Leicester is the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The high spire, granite porches and stone decorations make the building especially impressive. The church opened in 1876 as the Victoria Road Baptist Church. It later became a Seventh Day Adventist church and today serves as a prominent landmark in Leicester's Southfields District.
Top Hat Terrace

9) Top Hat Terrace

When heading down London Road toward the Railway Station, you’ll notice a rather unusual building known as Top Hat Terrace. It was constructed in 1864 in the Victorian architectural style. It is named for Francis “Tanky” Smith, a famous private detective and master of disguise who is supposedly the model for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. The building was designed by Leicester architect James Francis Smith.
Leicester Railway Station and Thomas Cook Statue

10) Leicester Railway Station and Thomas Cook Statue

The Leicester Railway Station opened in 1840. The industrial city of Leicester was one of the first in England to have access to a railway. From 1892 to 1894 the station was rebuilt, although it maintained its Victorian architectural elements. The platforms were later rebuilt in the 1970s. The statue of one of the most famous citizens of Leicester, Thomas Cook, is situated outside the Railway Station on London Road. Cook was a well-known traveler who was the first to organize tourist trips by train.

Walking Tours in Leicester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Leicester

Create Your Own Walk in Leicester

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Tour of Northern Leicester

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Museums and Galleries Tour of Leicester

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Places of Worship Tour of Leicester

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Leicester Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Architectural Tour of Leicester

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Historical Tour of Leicester

Historical Tour of Leicester

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles