We have visited the city of Leicester a few times now. During every visit our main focus has been a Lego show hosted at the National Space Museum. However, during our most recent trip to Leicester we were left with more downtime than usual and was given the chance to explore this fantastic city.
It, therefore, seemed only fitting that we put together our guide of how to visit Leicester, England on a budget;
The cost of your travel to Leicester is going to be impacted on by two things;
The distance to Leicester
The way in which you travel
As the purpose of our visit was for the Lego show, we chose to drive the 87 miles.
Other options could include the coach (MegaBus travel from Leeds to Leicester three times a day at a cost of £5.00 per person each way) or train (Leeds to Leicester takes almost three hours and requires a change in Sheffield, it also costs almost £40 during off-peak times so be sure to check before you travel)
As we travelled by car one issue we were faced with was finding a centrally located hotel with parking facilities. Otherwise we could be faced with additional parking costs – something to always bare in mind when travelling with a vehicle.
As we were looking to stay within walking distance of the city centre we chose the Ibis Leicester. We stay in Accor branded hotels a lot when travelling within the UK (In fact I think this is our tenth stay in an Accor branded hotel during 2017)
The hotel came with complimentary parking. Although it could be said that it was a little ‘wild’ as there were far more cars than there were spaces which left people scrambling to park in rather unsatisfactory ways.
This Ibis hotel was the first that we’ve stayed in with the newly refurbished rooms. Which was clean, spacious, modern and practical. The check in / check out process was simple and straight forward and the staff were friendly and helpful. Being an Accor Gold Member (a status from loyalty to Accor hotels) we were offered a complimentary drink, however this was just for one of us despite two people staying in the room – which was a little awkward… but hey!
Just outside of the city centre is the National Space Centre. While this is a unique attraction it comes at a price that could ruin most budgets. I’d really like to see them remove the parking charges and introduce a family ticket that’s a little more budget friendly.
If your kids are into space you’re not going to be disappointed. However, be sure to bring a packed lunch to avoid the additional costs of the on-site cafe.
If you’re a lover of shopping then don’t forget to check out High Cross. This highly modern shopping centre in the city centre is full of fantastic shops. The entire centre was clean, and the security staff were always available should you need any assistance.
Other things to do during your trip to Leicester, England on a budget include; A trip to King Richard III Visitor Centre, a walk around Leicester Cathedral or if you’re a football fan watching a match at the King Power stadium – home to the Leicester Football Team, the premier league winners of 2016.
Our Ibis hotel provided a complimentary cold buffet of food which was a perfect way to start the day – and keep costs down. We also made trips to the supermarket and bought items to make a packed lunch to eat in the park or on the benches in the city.
However, we did splurge a little on an evening eating out in the heart of the city. We opted for one of our favourite chains of restaurants, Yo Sushi.