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Leicester Wigston Neighbourhood

The City of Leicester is located in the East Midlands, the heart of the United Kingdom. It is perfect for a city break and as a stop-off point for any discerning traveller. Leicester Wigston is easily accessible by car (via the M1), by plane (via East Midlands Airport and Leicester Airport) or by train from most major cities. Our most popular attractions include the remains of King Richard III, Leicester Cathedral, and family fun at the National Space Centre. You can also experience the Great Central Railway for something a little different.

One of the earliest records of Wigston is in the Domesday Book: Wigston (then known as Wichingstone) is listed amongst the lands held by Hugh De Granmesnil for the King. In the middle ages it was known as Wigston Two Spires as, unusually, there were two mediaeval churches: All Saints’ and St Wistan’s. Wigston was also the birthplace of George Davenport, a notorious highwayman robber!

Leicester is now a ‘go to destination’ for many reasons, from studying and business purposes through to recreational and cultural activities. Leicester is famous for its diversity and, as a result, there are dozens of festivals that run throughout
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the year. It’s fair to say our city knows how to party! The Caribbean Carnival is said to be the largest in the UK after Notting Hill and where we really have bragging rights is in the big way we celebrate Diwali.

Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston is located in the heart of Wigston Leicester and is perfect for those who wish to surround themselves in the most peaceful of locations where the best of the city is just a short walk or drive from the doorstep. Our hotel neighbours the leafy Knighton Park and the thrilling Leicester Race Course. Knighton Park is the perfect choice for walkers and runners who enjoy great scenery and vast trails. It features a spinney, a heath garden, two play areas, a 3-hole footgolf course as well as football pitches, tennis courts, an outdoor gym and the Wash Brook River flowing through. Leicester Racecourse is a dual Flat and National Hunt venue hosting 30 racing events throughout the year.

Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, our hotel offers 79 modern, stylish and spacey ensuite bedrooms designed with your comfort in mind. You benefit from 150 on-site open-air car parking spaces, complimentary for guests of the hotel. Conference and event space for up to 350 guests includes a private entrance, foyer, guest facilities, banqueting bar and a brand new multi-functional space to suit all types of requirement. You can also enjoy an onsite Starbucks coffee shop offering a full selection from the brand, a new concept open lobby with E-Bar and all-day dining options, a Bella Italia Restaurant and Bar offering a taste of Italy and, not forgetting an onsite gymnasium. – You really won’t want to leave!

Our hotel is encompassed by an array of well-known high street branded and independent bars and restaurants. We also have some hidden gems and authentic cuisine establishments to tantalise those taste buds. Bella Italia, within the hotel, serves tantalising cocktails as well as draft beers and a selection of gins. Other popular watering holes include The Tap and Barrel, Two Steeples and the 1852 Brewery. Bars considered ‘go to’ destinations include Manhattan 34, The Blue Boar, BrewDog, Nine Bar and Bossa Bar. For those who like something quirky why not try Veeno, Hakamou, The Terrace and Apres Lounge? You can start-off your night with a selection of delicious cocktails from our hotel bar and then head out onto the town for an evening of excitement.

Food lovers will be spoilt for choice: From fresh and light, to 3-course wholesome meals within the hotel’s Bella Italia, the perfect option for Italian lovers. Other local favourites include Cuisine Of India, Saab’s Grill and the Chartwell Arms. For a gourmet round-the-globe trip in Leicester try Bonzai Sushi Bar, serving the best fresh Japanese seafood. For mouth-watering curries, the Golden Mile is a must-visit. For a range of Asian cuisine, try the traditional thali’s at Bobby’s and Indo-Chinese delicacies at Mirch Masala. A fine dining Indian experience can be found at Lilu, and Kerala seafood specials are served at Kayal. Discover fine-dining at The Case, exotic South American flavours at Bodega Cantina and authentic tastes of Tuscany at OGGI Simply Italian. Leicester is also home to over 60 vegetarian and vegan eateries, so we really do cover all tastes and desires.

For the lovers of all things cultural and historic, Leicester has plenty to offer: Live performances at the stunning Curve theatre, a film viewing at the Phoenix and inspiring art at the New Walk Museum and Victorian Art Gallery. There are also plenty of programmes at the Y Theatre and De Montfort Hall as well as contemporary visual arts at the Attenborough Arts Centre.

Home to rock band Kasabian and the Leicester Symphony Orchestra, Leicester has all musical bases covered. With the O2 Academy and De Montfort Hall attracting top performers, and venues like The Soundhouse and Firebug showcasing up-and-coming talent, Leicester’s live music scene has never been more vibrant. Don’t miss the celebration of independent music at Handmade Festival or the family-friendly summer festival with live music stage, Riverside Festival. If that doesn’t float your boat, look out for live music in the medieval Guildhall, reggae and soca at the Caribbean Carnival, and the soothing sounds of classical music at the Leicester International Music Festival.

For shopaholics, Leicester is a great choice for brands. – Head to Highcross for designer names, high street favourites and bargains. For something a little different try St Martin’s Square and The Lanes, both offer unique independent shopping surrounded by cafes and coffee shops. A local favourite has to be Leicester’s famous Fruit and Veg Market, filled with atmosphere and fresh produce and including the award-winning Food Hall. Every visit must include a trip to the Golden Mile ‘an authentic Indian bazaar’ jam-packed with traditional Indian jewellery, street food and outfit shops, high-end Asian couture fashion and entertainment.

Holiday Inn Leicester – Wigston is a great choice for any guest needing to put their feet up after a hard day at work. It is also the perfect place to relax and refresh prior to an onward journey. With convenience stores such as Sainsbury’s across the road from us, it is easy for you to pick up any essentials prior to winding down and enjoying a night with us.