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Situated in the centre of England, Leicestershire covers an area of 984 square miles and includes what was once England's smallest county of Rutland.

Natural features found in the county are one of the largest reservoirs in Europe of Rutland Water, Charnwood Forest and the Vale of Belvoir (under which there lies a vast coal seam).

The county lists as it's main products those of horse breeding, cattle and sheep farming, coal mining and dairy products.

Facts on the region
Origin of name: Leicester is an English corruption of the Latin "a fort on the river Leire". The 12th-century writer William of Malmesbury referred to the Leire as the Legra. Name first recorded: 1087 as Laegrecastrescir.

Places to Visit

Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Ashby De La Zouch Castle, Leicestershire
Belgrave Hall, Leicestershire
Kirkby Muxloe Castle, Muxloe, Leicestershire
Lyddington Bede House, Leicestershire
Noseley Hall, Leicestershire
Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Local Links:

Leicestershire County Council

Information about local councillors, plans and strategies. A-Z of services and on line payment for a selection of invoices.


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Twycross Zoo

Visitor information, facility map with exhibit descriptions and photos, news, conservation and education program summaries. Includes stories about individual zoo animals.


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