About Leicester

Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands of England. It is the traditional county town of Leicestershire, and since 1997 has been a self-governing unitary authority. Leicester lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the English National Forest. In 2004, the population of the city proper was estimated at 285,100, with 441,213 living in the urban area. It is currently, by population, the 10th largest city in England and the 13th largest in the UK. The city centre is mainly Victorian with some later developments, which have usually been integrated in smoothly. The heart of the city centre is the Clock Tower, which is at the intersection of five routes into the city - High Street, Churchgate, Belgrave Gate, Humberstone Gate, and Gallowtree Gate. Today, the latter two are pedestrianised, and vehicles are restricted on the others. Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back 2000 years. The city of Leicester was first known as Ratae Coritanorum and was inhabited by the Corieltauvi tribe. The Corieltauvi were a Celtic tribe and Leicester was the capital of a territory of what is now known as the East Midlands. The Roman city of Ratae Corieltauvorum was founded around AD 50 as a military settlement upon the Fosse Way Roman road. After the military departure, Ratae Corieltauvorum grew into an important trading and one of the largest towns in Roman Britain. The remains of the baths of Roman Leicester can be seen at the Jewry Wall and other Roman artefacts are displayed in the Jewry Wall Museum adjacent to the site.

Transport Links

Leicester City Centre
Rail (8 minutes on some services)
Driving (16 minutes by car)
Bus (5a - 22 minutes) (6 - 28 minutes)

M1 (11 miles off the M1 Junction 22, 16 minutes by car)

A46 (Syston is situated on the A46)

East Midlands Airport (21.6 miles away, 31 minutes by car) www.eastmidlandsairport.com

Syston Railway Station (0.5 miles away, 2 minutes by car, 6 minutes walking) www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

Leicester City Centre
Rail (8 minutes on some services)
Driving (16 minutes by car)
Bus (5a - 22 minutes) (6 - 28 minutes)

Bus Links  www.arrivabus.co.uk
We are on Arriva bus route 6 to and from Leicester every 10 minutes, with bus stop right outside the Guest House. Bus routes 5 and 5A also pass through Syston (every 10 minutes)