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Travelling around Leicester

Travelling around Leicester

A city that’s filled to the brim with exciting things to do, Leicester is a true melting pot of culture, history and modern amenities. Sitting in the East Midlands, the city lies on the River Soar, close to the National Forest. It has two universities and is the 13th most populous in the UK. No wonder there’s always something to do.

This hive of activity has led to excellent public transport links. Arriva bus services operate frequently within the city. There are also services into the surrounding area with links to places like Market Harborough, Rugby, Lutterworth, Hinckley, Coalville, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray.


Originally a Celtic settlement, the area was captured by the Romans in 47AD, who built a fort here. The town continued to thrive after the Romans moved on in 80AD. Over the years, the area has been inhabited by Saxons and Normans, and became well known for its leather and wool industries. After the Industrial Revolution, the railways and canals provided further industry to Leicester.

However, one of the city’s biggest historical moments occurred in 2012 when the remains of King Richard III were found in a car park behind the former Arriva bus depot!