It’s so easy to get stuck in the rat race of life, but take some time out and recharge your batteries – you’ll feel so much better for it. That’s why we’re here to help you escape from the madness by introducing you to the world of relaxation: the beauty that is Leicester. This bustling city is a veritable honeypot for anyone who loves exploring, whether you prefer al fresco experiences or old-world charm. We know what it can be like to want to escape society for just a while, and these locations are perfect if you want some peace and quiet without ever having to leave home!
Go on a Ghost Walk
Ghost walks are perfect for the spiritual soul who wants to explore the city’s darker side. As well as the history of the many haunted sites in the city, these tours are also great for unearthing the lesser-known stories and details behind the city’s rich history. If you’re seeking a little more suspense in your life, these tours are perfect for you. They’re especially ideal for those looking for a more romantic experience with their loved ones, as there are many guided tours around the ghosts of long-forgotten lovers. If you’re looking for a more laid-back ghost walk experience, why not try one of the guided walking tours? These are excellent for getting the most out of your city break. For example, you might get the chance to wander the canals of Venice or explore the architecture and history of Paris’ many famous landmarks. If you’re short on time, why not try one of the walking tours that focus on art, architecture, or cooking?
See the View From Leicestershire Beacon
This is one trip that you’ll never forget. The Beacon is a limestone pinnacle, formed more than two million years ago, and at 171 metres, this is the highest point in the county of Leicestershire. There are two Beacons in the county, but this is the only one open to the public. If you can, book your trip to the Beacon in the late evening. You’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the city, framed by the twinkling lights of the city below. The best place to visit the Beacon is from the lay-by at Kibworth Village. This is a picturesque village with a village green, a war memorial, and a pub. From here, you’ll be able to see both the city and the surrounding countryside. You’ll also be within striking distance of one of the local attractions, a white horse sculpture.
Visit Northam Hall
Northam Hall is one of the most spectacular and historically significant manor houses in the country. The building has been a residence for over 700 years and was the home of the Duke of Northumberland for centuries. It has many impressive features and is one of the best examples in the country of a Tudor courtyard house. If you have time before or after your stay in Leicester, why not make the journey to Northam, the nearest town? Northam is a fascinating place with a historic centre that is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is well worth exploring, and you could spend all day exploring the streets and squares, or one of the many fascinating museums. The town is also home to the Northam Hall Hotel and Spa, which is a perfect opportunity to relax after a busy day exploring the area. Northam is located in the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border region, which means it is very close to both counties, but it also possesses a lovely small-town feel. Northam is also a good distance from major cities, so you get to experience life as a local.
Tee Off at The Leicester Golf Club
Tee off at this famous golf club and you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the fairways of a private golf club. The course here is one of the finest in the country and is ranked in the top 20 golf courses in the world. You can play any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with the only rule being that you must be a member (for just £60 per year) and you must wear a golfing costume. If you’re lucky enough to get a tee time during a busy period, then you may be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are four tee boxes on the course, and each has a view that is something special. The 17th tee box is the highest, so you get to see the whole of the city below, while the 18th tee is the best of the surrounding countryside. There are several other excellent tee boxes too, and if you’re lucky you may be able to snag a tee time on the same day as a major sporting event takes place.
Go to a Theatre or Classical Music Concert
These are great ways to get out of the city and into a different atmosphere. There are many great theatres in the city, and you can also try a variety of comedy and music events. You can find out about all of the latest shows and concerts by visiting the Leicester City Council website. You’ll also find details of free activities, such as free classical concerts. There are also many great restaurants and bars in the city that are associated with theatres and concert halls, such as the Theatre Royal. There are also many walking tours that offer insight into the city’s art scene. If you want to learn more about the city’s rich cultural history, you can join one of many free walking tours.
Stay in a Luxury Hotel and try the Spa Treatment
There are many luxurious hotels in the city, such as the Hilton or the Travelodge. You could also try staying in a hotel in nearby Derby or Loughborough, both of which are worth visiting. While you’re in the area, why not visit the National Forest and try the waterfall at Castle Donington? If you have time to relax in the spa, why not try the Sanctuary Spa or the Royal Spa? You’ll be treated to luxurious treatments that are well worth the money. You could also try the city’s many restaurants, including the award-winning Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
Take a Dip at Beaumanor Pool or Stadivarius Swimming Centre
You can feel like you’ve escaped into another world when you take a dip in one of these pools. The Beaumanor Pool is a stunning Victorian building and is a great place to cool down after a busy day exploring the city. Alternatively, you could try the Stadivarius Swimming Centre, which is an old railway station. Both of these pools are located in beautiful Victorian buildings and give you the chance to relax in surroundings that are worth noting. There are also many other gorgeous pools in the city, such as the National Indoor Swimming Centre, which is a modern facility located in the heart of the city centre.
And don’t forget you can go anywhere by Train!
If you want to get away from it all, why not take a trip on the train? This is easy to do, and you can visit a variety of fascinating places along the way. You could, for example, visit London, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, or Ashby-de-la-Zouch. You could also visit one of the many towns on the way, such as Stamford, Rugby, or Leicester. Transport is not only reliable, but affordable, and you can enjoy your trip on a host of different trains. The best thing is that once you’ve had your fill of exploring, you can always return to the city centre. You could also take the train home when you’ve had enough of the big city bustle. You could also do this if you’re planning to visit other cities, such as York or Cambridge, which are nearby.