Adventures around Leicesterwith PlusBus

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History permeates the streets, waterways and warehouses around Leicester, one of England’s oldest cities. There are Roman remains and a medieval guildhall, Victorian factories and an elegant memorial clocktower. The body of King Richard III, discovered under a car park in 2012, is now reinterred under in a dramatic museum. Ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket and you can travel all over the city and beyond for the whole day. Here are just three of the adventures you could have with a PlusBus ticket.

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  • Great for: country park | family fun | history | industrial heritage | riverside walks | space | wildlife |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in June 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Watermead Country Park

    The Soar Valley near Leicester was a centre for sand and gravel extraction. In the early 1980s, local councils began to turn the post-industrial pits into an attractive water park with several big lakes, along with rivers and canals. Bronze Age skulls have been found in the area and the eighth-century British ruler King Lear, made famous by Shakespeare, was buried beneath the River Soar. There’s a floating sculpture, showing the last scene of Shakespeare’s play on the lake known as King Lear’s Lake.

    • The lakes are rich in wildlife as well as history. Herons flap slowly across the water, which is ringed with yellow irises, ox-eye daisies and other wildflowers. Listen out for cetti’s warblers, singing loudly in the reeds.
    • How do I get to Watermead Country Park by bus? There are several ways to explore this lovely area by bus. Bus 5/5A leaves from Leicester’s Hayarket bus station (stop HQ) every 15 minutes. Get off at Lea Close in Thurmaston and follow the path next to Thurmaston Memorial Hall, right by the bus stop. A couple of minutes’ walk brings you to the bank of the River Soar. Turn right to find a bridge on your left and follow a series of paths and bridges over the River Soar and past a lock into the park.
    • You can download a map of Watermead Country Park.
    • For more information and suggestions for things to do in Leicester, see our car-free guide.