Living in Leicester
Find out about what it is like to live and work in Leicester.
With a population of more than 300,000, Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands and the tenth largest in the country.
Its importance was first recognised by the Romans and later by the Danes, who used it as a strategic stronghold to control the Midlands. Since then it has developed into a major commercial and manufacturing centre, known better for the diversity of its trade than for its dependence on a single industry.
It is also a historic meeting place. For centuries people of different races and cultures have gathered in Leicester, creating a rich and unique heritage. This diversity continues today, and continues to enrich city life.
Leicester is a modern city, rich in arts, sports, royal heritage and culture. It is brimming with things to see and do, with state of the art, award winning venues, including the Curve theatre, and the National Space Centre, a fantastic calendar of events and festivals, renowned museums and galleries, a range of cuisines and areas of natural beauty.
The central location at the heart of the Midlands makes Leicester accessible from all directions. It takes just 62 minutes to come to Leicester on a fast, direct train from London. In addition Leicester has excellent transport links to all parts of the country via the M1 and M69 motorways.