Leicester will hold an Olympic Torch evening celebration event on Monday 2 July.
Find more information about timings and tickets on the What’s on events listing.
Leicester is modern, dynamic and multicultural city, with a real passion for sport.
Flagship projects in Leicester include the John Lewis store in the Highcross shopping centre, which recognises the city’s hosiery and fashion heritage in its beautifully depicted exterior.
The city’s Cultural Quarter boasts venues including Curve Theatre, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, and Phoenix Square independent arts and digital centre.
As the eighth largest city in England, over £3 billion has been invested into Leicester’s retail, leisure and office space in the last ten years.
Leicester is also the home of the Leicester Tigers, one of the biggest rugby union clubs in the world, as well as several other famous sports teams.
See the Olympic Torch Relay map
Population: 280,000Size: 73 square kilometres
Places of interest
- Golden Mile
- New Walk Museum and Art Gallery – situated in the historic New Walk area of the city. Exhibitions have included Lord Attenborough’s Picasso ceramic collection
- National Space Centre
- Walkers Stadium – home to Leicester City Football Club with a capacity of 32,500
- Jewry Wall, part of the Roman town’s public baths
- Great Central Railway
- De Montfort Hall
- Gandhi Statue
- Botanic Gardens
- Leicester Market – home to the largest covered market in Europe, which has been located in the heart of the city centre for 700 years.