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Car hire in Leicester

Hiring a car in Leicester

Leicester is based in the East Midlands in England and is the county town of Leicestershire.

Hiring a car means that you can explore not only this great city, but also the villages, towns and cities that surround it.

The main roads around Leicester are the A6, which goes all the way from Luton, just north of London up to Loughborough, and the M1, which starts in London and heads up to Leeds.

What you need to know

Leicester has a number of hire car suppliers, so search on our website to find the most competitive price.

You can choose almost any car, so whether you're looking for something for the entire family or a top of the range vehicle, you'll be sure to find something to suit your needs.

In addition, you can also be reassured by the 24/7 support, as well as the free cancellation option, so if you find that your needs change then there's no need to worry.

Where to pick up your car

The different suppliers are based at various locations throughout the city, but all are central, so whoever your booking is with you'll be able to reach them with ease.

All are within walking of the city centre, but if you prefer, a taxi can take you direct to the office for a low cost.

As the train station is also central in the city, if you're arriving by train you can easily reach your car hire provider.

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Where to go

As well as a vibrant city centre, Leicester boasts a number of green spaces that are a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Head off on a walk in Bradgate Park, or sit back and relax on a sunny day with a picnic and a good book.

It also has a number of museums that are popular among people of all ages, including the National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Jewry Wall Museum.

If you enjoy theatre, then you can check out what shows are currently on at the Curve Theatre, which often includes those that frequent the West End.

Nearby Leicester

Leicester is surrounded by many other amazing towns and cities that are excellent if you want to explore more of what England has to offer.

Birmingham is about 45 minutes west of Leicester, and as it's such a large city, one of the best things to do here is to hit the shops. Wander around the various shopping centres, or hunt through the vintage stores and independent boutiques that sell unique and handmade goods.

Alternatively, Cambridge is just over an hour’s drive away, down the A47. Although most well-known for its university, Cambridge is also popular for the culture that it offers. Enjoy a punt tour of the river or discover the sculptures that have been created throughout the city.

In addition, Newmarket Racecourse is nearby, which is a great day out for those who enjoy going to the races.

Longer drives

Your hire car means that you can get about and explore as much or as little of England as you wish.

Just over two hours south of Leicester down the M1 is London, England's capital city. You can head to the centre of the city and pay a visit to its most well-known attractions, including the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, or visit the east end to explore the quirky markets.

If you're looking for something a bit quieter, then two hours north of Leicester along the A50 is Chester, a stunning city that has retained its old-town atmosphere. Explore the cobbled streets and traditional buildings, or pay a visit to one of the many tea rooms, cafes, galleries and independent shops.

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Explore Leicester and its surrounding areas to your heart’s content when you have the freedom of a hire car during your trip.

Eating and drinking

Enjoy a great range of cafes and restaurants serving cuisine from around the world, from independent eateries to award-winning dining.

You can also visit a great range of pubs, bars and clubs that suit your taste, whether you're looking for a quiet drink or a lively night out.

Leicester also has a thriving live music scene, so you'll find many venues across the city that are hosting live music, from local talent to international acts.

Things to do

You won't be short of things to do in Leicester, and you'll find that many of its museums and galleries will draw your attention. The National Space Centre is undoubtedly a favourite among both tourists and locals, boasting the UK's largest planetarium, as well as a 3D simulator experience and iconic 42-metre high rocket tower.

Rugby is also popular in Leicester, so for something a bit different, why not visit the King Power Stadium or Welford Road Stadium? Enjoy a tour or if you're lucky you can catch a game and really get in the spirit of this much-loved sport.


Delve into the countryside and explore Bradgate or Abbey Park. If you head off on a walk you can enjoy the nature that surrounds you, or relax with a picnic or a good book in the sun.

Leicester Cathedral is also a sight to be seen, and is the place where Richard III is buried. Take in the stunning architecture and history of this small cathedral, and marvel at the beauty of the restored stained glass windows.

If you prefer, you can just head off on your own exploration of the city and find hidden gems that can really give you a feel for the history and culture of this stunning destination.


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