UTIMA THULE / LEICESTER

updated 25/9/2010

About Leicester...

Leicester is ideal for a family day out, with an excellent compact shopping centre, 2 big indoor precincts, a daily market, speciality arcades, etc., as well as loads of museums, a Space Science Centre, ancient Roman ruins, the unique "New Walk", parks, cafés, and lots of pubs. As a multi-cultural city, you can eat almost any cuisine you desire in Leicester!

Leicester is historically important, both culturally and musically, with a history going back to pre Roman times, the world's heaviest pre-Victorian Daniel Lambert came from here, as did the notorious "Elephant Man", and then there's other historical people like Lady Jane Grey and Thomas Cook! The excellent Leicester museums document all this and more!

Interesting bands/artists from the Leicester area

Leicester Links...

Record shops
Archer Records, closed down
Backtrack Records, closed down
Black Cat Books, closed down
HMV, High Street (big shop, DVD's in basement)
Oddity Records, closed down
Rockaboom, St. Martins Square (indie, new-wave, pop, gig tickets)
Timebox Records, closed down, now mail-order only
2Funky, Belgrave Gate (funk, soul, techno)
Ultima Thule, now mail-order
Virgin Records, changed to Zavvi & has now closed down
W.H.Smith, Gallowtree Gate (small DVD Dept.)

World Records, closed down
Leicester Market, various stalls Tuesdays & odd other days

Gig venues
see: Gig News page

Local hotels
Apart from big names like: Ramada Jarvis (Grand Hotel), Ibis, Premier, etc., there are a number of others....
Belmont House Hotel, DeMontfort Street, tel: 254 4773 Highest quality local hotel, with excellent facilities, but not cheap!
Bradgate Hotel, 18 Prebend St. (near Conduit St.) tel: 255 7993 Nice small local B&B Hotel. Single room: £20-£25 per night
Park Hotel, 125 London Road, tel: 255 7993 The cheapest in the immediate area, only for the desperate!
Spindle Lodge Hotel, 2 West Walk, tel: 233 8801 Tourist board commended. Basic single room: £35 per night
Note: the above Hotel info was researched in 2005.

Web guides
Leicester info pages: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/

Without prejudice. E&OE. Errors happen! So, please report any errors, finicky niggles or broken links.