Tour of Northern Leicester (Self Guided), Leicester

Northern Leicester is an area packed with interesting sights. Here you will find a fabulous array of historical attractions, museums and parks. Take this tour to visit the best Northern Leicester has to offer!
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Tour of Northern Leicester Map

Guide Name: Tour of Northern Leicester
Guide Location: England » Leicester (See other walking tours in Leicester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: Ella
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Abbey Park
  • Abbey Park Café
  • Ruins of the Abbey
  • National Space Center
  • Abbey Pumping Station
  • Belgrave Hall Museum
  • St. Peter's Church
  • Watermead Country Park
Abbey Park

1) Abbey Park (must see)

Abbey Park is a public park, owned and managed by Leicester City Council through which the River Soar flows. The park contains the remains of the 12th century Leicester Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House (built in the 17th century by William Cavendish, 1st Earl of Devonshire using stone from the abbey). The park has regularly won the Green Flag award, a national award made annually to parks which reach a high standard. It has formal gardens, a sensory garden, a boating lake and model boat lake, a miniature railway, visitor centre, cafe, children's play area with paddling pool, pets corner, tennis courts, a bowling green, and a bandstand. Abbey Park now also houses the offices and studios of Takeover Radio within one of its Gatehouse Lodges.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Abbey Park Café

2) Abbey Park Café

As you stroll along the River Soar, look for Abbey Park Café. In front of Abbey Park Café is a small square with a statue of Cardinal Wolsey. The cardinal took his final refuge at the Abbey in 1530. The pavilion of the café was built in 1931, and today it’s a nice place to enjoy ice cream and refreshing drinks. Ornamental gardens surround the cafe, as well as a great deal of open, green space.
Ruins of the Abbey

3) Ruins of the Abbey (must see)

Leicester Abbey was built under the patronage of Robert le Bossu, Earl of Leicester. It was founded as a community of Augustinian Canons. The abbey was one of the largest and most influential land owners in Leicestershire, thanks to contributions by important patrons such as the Earl of Winchester, Simon de Montfort, and, finally, the Crown. The abbey is perhaps most famous for its connection to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England, who was for a time the most powerful man in England, second only to the King. He was buried within the walls of the Abbey church, and today a monument stands on his supposed resting place. In 1613, William Cavendish, the first Earl of Devonshire, acquired the property, and it became known as Cavendish House. It was used as the headquarters of Charles I after his forces occupied the town in late May 1645. The house was burnt down following the royalist defeat at Naseby and never re-built.
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Space Center

4) National Space Center (must see)

The National Space Center is one of the United Kingdom's leading visitor attractions that is devoted to space science and astronomy. The tower is 42 meters tall. The center arose from a partnership between the University of Leicester's Space Research Center and local government agencies. It is run as an educational charity and offers science workshops for school children of all ages. The Center has on display the only known Soyuz spacecraft in Western Europe (there is one at the Smithsonian Institution as part of their Apollo-Soyuz Test Project display). The center has six main galleries of exhibits and visitor activities covering space flight, astronomy and cosmology. The attraction also includes a Digistar 3 dome cinema and planetarium, a gift shop and a restaurant. The restaurant is ominously situated beneath the two nozzles of the Blue Streak and PGM-17 Thor rockets.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Abbey Pumping Station

5) Abbey Pumping Station (must see)

The Abbey Pumping Station is a museum on Corporation Road, opposite the National Space Center. The museum was previously a pumping station used to pump sewage to treatment works at Beaumont Leys. Designed by architect Stockdale Harrison in 1890, the grand Victorian building and beautifully decorated beam engines were a cause of great civic pride. It continued pumping Leicester's sewage until 1964, when it closed for renovation. It opened as a museum in 1972. It is one of a number of historic pumping stations in England that have been preserved. The museum has a narrow gauge railway. There is also a collection of vintage vehicles, which are operated on select days.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Belgrave Hall Museum

6) Belgrave Hall Museum (must see)

Belgrave Hall is a Queen Anne-style house built in 1709 in the midst of 2 acres (8,100 m2) of walled gardens. The hall opened to the public in 1936 as a museum. Today, Belgrave Hall shows the contrasting lifestyles of an upper middle class family and domestic servants in Victorian society. In 1999, Belgrave Hall became famous across the world when two ghostly figures were recorded on security cameras outside the hall. The site is still of interest to ghost hunters. The ISPR (International Society for Paranormal Research) examined the footage and decided the image was environmental in nature rather than paranormal. They also noted the apparition would have had to be over 10 ft (3.0 m) tall. The team from Ghost Hunters International concluded it was most likely people with reflective jackets walking around.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Peter's Church

7) St. Peter's Church

In Leicester's northern suburb of Belgrave, you can find St. Peter’s Church. The church was built in the 13th century on the site of an 11th-century place of worship. Today this is an acting church that holds services every Sunday. The church's ancient font and old headstones in the churchyard attract tourists.
Watermead Country Park

8) Watermead Country Park (must see)

Watermead Country Park is a network of artificial lakes in the valley of the River Soar and the old Grand Union Canal. The parks provide bird watching, fishing and watersports facilities. The northern-most lake is named John Merricks Lake, after the silver Olympic medalist who practiced sailing on the lake. Farther south is King Lear's Lake. A statue on the western side of the lake depicts the final scene of Shakespeare's play King Lear. There are several more artificial lakes to the south. At the southern-most lake, often referred to as Mammoth Lake due to the large statue of a mammoth in the vicinity, you can see Leicester and the surrounding area for some distance in either direction. The Millennium Mammoth was built to commemorate the discovery of Ice Age mammoth remains found when Watermead was a quarry.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Leicester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Leicester

Create Your Own Walk in Leicester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leicester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Buildings

Historical Buildings

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands of England with a rich past. Valuable historical monuments in Leicester are under the special protection of the local government and are the pride of the city. Take this historical tour of central Leicester and learn about the city's medieval history.

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

Top Religious Buildings

Leicester is a multicultural city that supports a variety of religious communities. Next to Christian churches you can find mosques and Buddhist temples. Virtually every established faith is represented in Leicester. Explore Leicester's most notable places of worship and learn more about the cultural and religious life of the city on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Leicester Introduction Walking Tour

Leicester Introduction Walking Tour

Part of England’s East Midlands region, the city of Leicester made history in 2015 as a new burial site of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral, in place for over 900 years. Other than the king’s life and death, there are other attractions in Leicester worthy of attention. To check them out, use this self-guided walk and learn more about the past and present of Leicester in its variety!

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

Architectural Jewels

The most interesting architectural buildings in Leicester can be observed in the central part of the city. The historical architecture of Leicester is very diverse and reflects a variety of styles. The city experienced an explosion of growth during Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901), which explains the predominance of the Victorian style of architecture. Stroll along the main streets of the city...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Museums and Galleries Tour

Museums and Galleries Tour

Leicester is the industrial center of the Midlands and has a rich heritage. A number of museums and galleries offer visitors a fascinating look into the history, culture and development of Leicester. Some venues are free of charge and are sponsored by the local government. Take this tour to enjoy Leicester's most notable museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles