The county town of Leicester is located both on the edge of the National Forest and the River Soar. Settled early as Ratae Corieltauvorum it was known for its roman pavements and baths. Today it is a thriving city with a large ethnic minority.
There are several landmarks for visitors to the Leicester are to enjoy. One of these sites the Leicester Castel. Located just west of the city center this complex has gardens, the Great Hall, The Ch, the Church of St. Mary de Castro, the castle yard and the remains of the castle itself. Visitors can views these monumental areas and even attend a service at the Church of St Mary de Castro, which is still in use today. The remains of the castle itself are simply a mound and some ruins the rest of the original structure is long since gone.
The Jewry wall is another popular stop. The wall is the remaining wall of the Roman baths that were popular in Roman times. Visitors can view the wall and tour the ruins of the baths. This is considered to be an excellent example of Roman walling and is the largest remaining pieces of Roman architecture in all of England.
Located about two miles north of Leicester is the Abbey of Saint Mary de Pratis, also known as Leicester Abbey. Built on the west bank of the River Soar, the Abby of Saint Mary de Pratis was founded an Augustinian Cannon community. The property passed from hand to hand, becoming home to many different types of things other than being an abbey. The house was burnt down after the royalist defeated and was never rebuilt. The abbey is now a part of the Victorian park and is considered a scheduled monument.
The Leicester Town Hall was built between 1874 and 1876. If you are in the area on the first Wednesday of the month they you can enjoy a free tour of this historic building. You will learn some of the buildings history as well as get to enjoy afternoon tea in the Lord Mayor's Tea Room. You will also get to visit one of the former courtrooms during the tour.
Leicester is not just historic sites to visit. There are several outdoor gardens for you to enjoy. One such garden is the University of Leicester Botanic Gardens. Located as part of the University of Leicester, this sixteen acre garden is mainly used for research purposes by the university's biology department. It also features art and sculpture exhibitions, plant sales, and music performances.
Known for its history and beauty the county town of Leicester is a must stop on anyone's list when visiting the United Kingdom.
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