10 facts you may not know about Leicester

  1. Over 330,000 people live in Leicester, making it the tenth largest city in the UK. Leicester boasts the largest proportion of people aged 19 and under in the East Midlands – it's a youthful city with plenty to do.
  2. In 1841 Thomas Cook, founder of the famous travel agency, invented tourism when he chartered a train to carry people from Leicester to Loughborough. You can do the same journey today on the Great Central Railway.
  3. The exact centre of England is in Leicestershire marked with a sign on a farm just outside Fenney Drayton.
  4. Leicester is the birthplace of Walkers crisps as advertised by local hero Gary Lineker!
  5. Leicester City Ladies FC is the oldest established women's football club in the country.
  6. Leicester is the final resting place of Richard III - one of the few monarchs to be buried outside London or Windsor. Millions of people saw his reinterment in Leicester Cathedral in 2015.
  7. Leicester is home to the first Jain temple to be established in the West. It remains the largest in the UK.
  8. The first local radio station was BBC Radio Leicester which began to broadcast in 1967. The radio show 'Down to Earth' has run every month since then and is the longest running, uninterrupted local radio show.
  9. Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali celebrations outside India.
  10. Leicester has been home to a host of famous sons and daughters, including:
  • TV presenter and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough
  • Actor and director, Lord Richard Attenborough
  • 9-day queen, Lady Jane Grey
  • Actor, Richard Armitage
  • Singer, Englebert Humperdinck
  • The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick
  • Author, Sue Townsend
  • TV presenter, Gok Wan
  • Playwright, Joe Orton