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Leicester is a city in the East Midlands area of England. As of 2004, the city itself had a population of 285,100, and there were a total of 441,213 people living in the city and the surrounding urban area (which includes a number of satellite towns).

Leicester is today the 10th largest city in England, and 13th largest in the UK. It is particularly known as a center of engineering, clothing manufacturing, and food and drink production (including a number of Indian food manufacturing businesses).

Key Facts about Leicester

Here are some facts about Leicester:
  1. Leicester is a city in the East Midlands region of England.

  2. It is the United Kingdom's 10th largest city, and part of the UK's 11th largest urban area.

  3. Leicester has good transport links, including road, rail, and air:

    • Leicester is close to the M1 motorway and the M69 motorway.

    • Leicester is on the Midland Main Line, which provides connection to London and the South, and to more northern destinations such as Lincoln, Leeds, Sheffield, and York.

    • East Midlands Airport is in North West Leicestershire. This airport provides both domestic and international flights, and is served by a number of low-cost international airlines.

    • Birmingham Aiport and Luton Airport, are also both within reasonable travelling distance (around 1 hour).

  4. Leicester is home to two universities: University of Leicester and De Montfort University.

Attractions and Places of Interest in Leicester

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Books about Leicester

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Greater Than a Tourist – Leicester East Midlands United Kingdom: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Carly York

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Greater Than a Tourist – Leicester East Midlands United Kingdom: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you. (Title of Book) by (name of author) offers the inside scope on (location). Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series this book will give you tips and a bunch of ideas from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In these pages you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater than a tourist is a series of travel books written by locals. Travel like a local. Get the inside scope. Slow down, stay in one place, take your time, get to know the people and the culture of a place. Try some things off the beaten path with guidance. Patronize local business and vendors when you travel. Be willing to try something new and have the travel experience of a lifetime.

The Serpent's Coil

By Farley Mowat

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"The Serpent's Coil" recounts the amazing story of the Liberty ship Leicester, which sailed for New York from England in the summer of 1948, ran into a hurricane (with the loss of six lives), and was abandoned in the mid-Atlantic. It also tells of the deep-sea tug, the Foundation Josephine, which tracked the derelict Leicester over many thousands of miles, found her listing severely, and towed her another thousand miles to Bermuda, where both ships ran into yet another hurricane.Farley Mowat expertly weaves together the different threads of his tale as he tracks the hurricane from its origins to its fateful meeting with the Leicester, describes what it's like to survive a hurricane, and shows the difficult nature of the Josephine's salvage mission. The predecessor of The Perfect Storm, here is a classic of the sea.


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