If you want to find out why we're so keen to get away from Leicester at the weekend, you might find some answers in this section! You'll also find information that's useful if you're planning to visit the area yourself.

Where is Leicester?

Leicester is a bustling city of 280,000 inhabitants situated in the centre of England. People have been living here since Roman times and it's been an important centre for trade and culture ever since. The cultural mix in the city is much enriched by the large ethnic communties that have settled here, giving us an enviable array of cosmopolitan shops and restaurants.

The surrounding county of Leicestershire is one of rolling hills and hedgerows - classic English countryside in fact. Leicestershire was chosen as the site for the new National Forest and plantations of young trees can now be found in the north and west of the county.

Leicester's central position and good transport links in all directions makes it an ideal base for our group. We can reach most parts of England and Wales in a few hours and this is reflected in the diversity of our programme. If you should find yourself in Leicester, feel free to turn up to one of our meetings!

Is there a hostel in Leicester?

There is no YHA hostel in the city of Leicester. The nearest one is shown below:

National Forest Youth Hostel

48 Bath Lane,
DE12 6BD

Tel: 0845 371 9672
Fax: 0845 371 9673
E-Mail: nationalforest@yha.org.uk

The nearest youth hostel to Leicester is National Forest YH, which opened in 2008. Situated 20 miles from the city, the hostel is well placed for visits to Conkers, Rosliston Forestry Centre and Snibston Discovery Park.

If the above hostel does not have suitable places for you, contact the Leicester Tourist Information Centre on 0844 888 5181. They can tell you about hotel and bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Leicester and throughout the county, as well as local tourist attractions and events.