Arts and culture

One of the cultural hubs in Leicester is Melton Road where you can find many authentic shops and restaurants. Melton Road is also home to the city’s Diwali celebrations – the largest outside India and well worth getting involved in.

Leicester’s Cultural Quarter has the Curve Theatre at its heart, along with fantastic bars and restaurants to really make an evening of a trip to the theatre. The Cultural Quarter is also the base for several designers and artists, with gallery space to display local work.

Night time shot of the Curve Theatre and Cultural Quarter 

If it’s variety you want then look no further than De Montfort Hall which is next door to the University. De Montfort Hall is the largest live entertainment venue in the city hosting West End musicals, the latest rock and pop acts, top comedians, opera and orchestra, ballet and dance and children’s shows.

New Walk Museum, just a ten-minute walk from campus, is home to the most complete brachiopod skeleton in Britain – you’ll almost feel as if you’re in the Natural History Museum with a dinosaur skeleton and fossils to feast your eyes on, as well as art and photography displays.

Attenborough Arts Centre, situated on the University campus, is the largest contemporary art gallery in Leicester. It offers a variety of high quality theatre, comedy, dance and music performances, art exhibitions and much more

Leicester is also home to the UK's National Space Centre. The Centre is the UK’s largest visitor attraction dedicated to space and space exploration, welcoming around a quarter of a million visitors each year since its opening in June 2001.

Cinema buffs are well catered for in Leicester with an Odeon cinema close to campus and the Showcase Cinema De Lux in the city centre. If you have more unusual tastes then the Phoenix cinema shows much more than just the latest blockbusters.