Local area guide

Living in Leicester (LE)

Open your arms to a vibrant blend of history and diversity in Leicester, where community is at the heart of every day life.

Your guide to moving to Leicester

Why Leicester is a good place to live

Living in Leicester means experiencing a diverse and vibrant community. Its modern cityscape is rooted in history while its central UK location serves as a fantastic hub for exploring the entire country.

With its welcoming atmosphere, safety and family-friendly environment, Leicester is a great place to live. It's host to excellent schools and green spaces, ensuring a well-rounded lifestyle for families.

Whether you're an history enthusiast, art lover, foodie or football fan, living in Leicester offers something special for everyone.

What is Leicester famous for?

Leicester is famous for its discovery of the remains of King Richard III in 2012. This significant archaeological find attracted international attention, leading to increased interest in its rich heritage.

Things to do in Leicester

Explore the King Richard III Visitor Centre to learn about the discovery of the king's remains and the history of the Wars of the Roses. Head to visit Leicester Cathedral, where his tomb is now housed, and take a relaxing stroll along the River Soar in the serene Abbey Park.

When it comes to dining, you're spoilt for choice. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a restaurant in the picturesque St. Martin's Square or head to the Golden Mile, Leicester's famous stretch of authentic Indian restaurants.

Average asking prices in Leicester today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£240,000

609 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£402,500

832 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£285,000

794 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£130,000

353 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Leicester

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  • King Richard III

    Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1

    This small Victorian pub is a long-established Everard's house, and has traditional character.

  • High Cross

    Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1

    This is named after the High Cross, which stood outside this pub.

  • Tree

    Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1

    The Tree is a crafty pub with a glorious beer garden in the heart of Leicester City centre, serving up freshly made food, seriously tasty beers and a selection of cocktails.

  • Salmon

    Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1

Transport in Leicester

Trains

Leicester benefits from excellent rail connectivity with Leicester Railway Station serving as a central hub. Direct trains to London take around an hour, while Birmingham is just a 45-minute journey away.

Buses

Leicester boasts a comprehensive bus network with convenient routes throughout the city and popular areas like Loughborough and Hinckley.

Park and Ride

Ditch the car and jump on the Park and Ride to reach the city centre instead - it's easily walkable once you're there. Park and Ride services run from Meynell's Gorse and Birstall.

Car

It's hard to find a better connected city than Leicester. Its solid road links include major routes like the M1 and M69 which get you to Nottingham, Coventry and beyond.

Airports

The nearest major airport is East Midlands Airport, about 30 minutes away by car, and Birmingham Airport is also accessible within an hour's drive. Both offer an excellent range of domestic and international flights.

Transport connections

Leicester
National Rail
0.7 miles / 1.1 km
South Wigston
National Rail
3.8 miles / 6.1 km
Syston
National Rail
4.7 miles / 7.6 km
Narborough
National Rail
5.3 miles / 8.5 km
Sileby
National Rail
6.6 miles / 10.6 km
Barrow-upon-Soar
National Rail
7.9 miles / 12.7 km

Schools in Leicester

Leicester has a strong educational reputation, with both private and state schools offering quality learning experiences.

Primary schools in Leicester maintain high standards of teaching and offer extracurricular activities. For older kids, there's a mix of comprehensive secondary schools, grammar schools and academies, plus well-regarded independent schools.

The city is home to two universities which attract students from all over. The University of Leicester is known for its research excellence and diverse range of courses and De Montfort University is renowned for its innovative approach to education.

Schools in Leicester

Castle Mead Academy
Ages: 11 - 16 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2023)
Brook Mead Academy
Ages: 11 - 16 years old
Slater Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
King Richard III Infant and Nursery School
Ages: 3 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Fosse Mead Primary Academy
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Beauchamp City Sixth Form
Ages: 16 - 19 years old