Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. It takes its name from the City of Leicester, traditionally its administrative centre. Leicestershire was recorded in the Domesday Book and is external boundaries have changed little since the Doomsday Survey.
Stilton, Red Leicester cheese, and the pork pie are three of Leicestershire's most famous contributions to English cuisine.
A large part of the north-west of the county, around Coalville, forms part of the new National Forest area extending into Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The highest point of the county is Bardon Hill at 278 metres (912 ft), which is also a Marilyn.
Things to do
Explore Market Harborough and Lutterworth, Surrounded by rolling landscapes, the picturesque town of Market Harborough is the ideal place to head for to experience rural activity.
Richard III exhibition: Leicester's Search for a King, Find out about the search for King Richard III in Leicester, including information about the exhibition at Leicester's medieval Guildhall
Melton Mowbray is in the north east of Leicestershire, close to the picturesque Vale of Belvoir which literally translated means 'beautiful view'. Steeped in rural tradition, this part of the county is famous for its fine food and drink, including the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie