Leicester is located in the East Midlands of England and is the county town of Leicestershire. The city is situated on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. Leicester is the tenth largest city in the UK, and is famed for having one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan populations in the country.
Leicester boasts two universities and has a thriving student population, with many coming from overseas to study in the UK.
The town centre offers a huge range of high street names, many of which lie within the newly regenerated Highcross Quarter, as well as many smaller specialist shops. Standing alongside these retail hotspots is one of the city's most popular attractions, Leicester Market, which is the largest covered market in Europe and boasts a vast range of wares.
It is often said that one of Leicester's biggest attractions is its cuisine - in a city that boasts such a wide range of cultures, it is perhaps not surprising that it would become a magnet for food-lovers. A number of restaurants in the city serve authentic Indian cuisine and traditional Caribbean fare is also widely available.
Fans of sport will find much to interest them in and around Leicester: experience the electric atmosphere of The Walkers Stadium, home of Championship club Leicester City FC; the city's Rugby Union team, the Leicester Tigers, are the most successful club of all time in the English game; equally Leicestershire County Cricket Club has been among the top teams of recent years.
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