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For anyone planning a move to or within Leicestershire in the East Midlands, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within fantastic Leicestershire.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Leicestershire's famous British cities and towns include Leicester, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Hinckley and Coalville.

Leicestershire has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from country mansions and estates, cottages and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Leicestershire, a county with over 2,000 years of history where you are guaranteed a traditional taste of England and a landscape perfect for gentle adventures or active escapes.Sample the specialty cheese and pies that Leicestershire is famous for, or head to Leicester’s Golden Mile for aromatic flavours from the sub-Indian continent. Escape to the outdoors, journeying along over 70 miles of waterways and exploring the vast National Forest. Take to the trails on two wheels, kayak to the pub or discover an incredible underwater world at the UK’s National Diving Centre. In Leicester, step back in time as you wander the ancient lanes, meandering past the medieval Guildhall and historic cathedral. Explore the universe at the National Space Centre and be immersed in the city’s vibrant street art scene." Visit England

Leicestershire is located in the East Midlands, with neighbouring counties including Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to the north, Warwickshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the south east, Rutland to the east and Lincolnshire to the north east.

Leicester is famous for hosting the largest Diwali, or ‘Festival of Light’ celebrations outside of India! Different communities within the county come together to celebrate with food markets, dancing and parades going on all throughout the county.


Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in Leicestershire, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Leicestershire (or you already live in Leicestershire but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in Leicestershire there is a big choice of high quality Leicestershire schools, with a number of the Leicestershire highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK.

Leicestershire private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls schools, boys schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges.

Find Private Schools In Leicestershire, UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 30+ years, the isbi School Search guide is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>  You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in Leicestershire and in the cities of Leicester or towns like Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Hinckley and Coalville by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>  With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>  You can also focus your search on just private Pre-Prep and Prep schools or on Independent Senior and Sixth Form schools and colleges, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore isbi.com for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at private schools and colleges around the UK and worldwide.

Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Leicestershire, UK

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in Leicestershire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In Leicestershire, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Leicestershire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:

Special Needs Schools In Leicestershire, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in Leicestershire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:


Where To Live In Leicestershire, England, UK

The most popular British cities and towns in the Leicestershire area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Leicester (464,400)

>  Oadby & Wigston

Oadby (57,000), Wigston (57,000), South Wigston (7,400)

>  Harborough

Market Harborough (25,000), Lutterworth (9,400), Fleckney (4,900), Kibworth Harcourt (1,000)

>  Hinckley & Bosworth

Hickley (113,600), Burbage (14,500), Desford (4,000), Market Bosworth (2,000)

>  North West Leicestershire

Coalville (37,700), Appleby Magna (1,100), Ashby-de-la-Zouch (13,000), Ibstock (5,700) Castle Donington (7,000)

>  Charnwood

Anstey (6,600), Barrow Upon Soar (5,700), Birstall (12,200), Hathern (1,700), Newtown Linford (1,000), Quorn (6,000)

>  Melton

Long Clawson (1,000), Waltham On The Wolds (800), Hose (600)


Leicester is a very popular place to live and many people move to each year, or to near and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Leicester are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the Leicestershire capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous Leicester with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Leicester, England, UK

> FACT 1: Leicester is home to Europe’s largest outdoor covered market! Walk down into town, near to the famous Clock Tower, and you will find over 300 stalls open six days a week! Gary Lineker’s Dad even ran a well loved fruit stall at the market for a number of years!

> FACT 2: Leicester Comedy Festival is the biggest and longest running comedy event in England. Often outshone by the Edinburgh Fringe, the Leicester Comedy Festival is a hidden gem, hosting 640 gigs across 47 venues. The Guardian has recently called it “one of the best comedy festivals in the world” so it is definitely worth a trip or two.

> FACT 3: Walkers, the cherished British crisps, are from Leicester! Henry Walker began his company in 1948 as a result of a meat shortage during post-war Britain. Nowadays Walkers is a world favourite, with over 141 flavours being produced over their lifetime.

> FACT 4: The Beatles played three times in Leicester! They performed twice at the De Montfort Hall in 1963 before returning in 1964.

> FACT 5: Leicester is home to some very successful sports teams, including the Leicester City Football Club and the Leicester Tigers, with Leicester City holding the joint record for the most second-tier title as a result of winning the First Division 6 times.

> FACT 6: Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the UK. An Iron Age settlement has recently been found in Leicester that proves it was a settlement from around the 1st or 2nd century BC.

> FACT 7: Leicester is the 10th largest city in the UK. Its population has grown to a massive 464,400, adding to its already incredibly diverse culture.

> FACT 8: Thomas Cook was from Leicester! The package holiday giant was born and grew up in Leicester, organising his first package holiday to Loughborough - how exotic!

> FACT 9: Leicester is considered to be where modern English originates from. The language that we use today, originally used by Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to communicate, was first spoken in Leicester.

> FACT 10: Leicester was the first city to have a local radio station! It happened in 1967 with the BBC broadcasting from BBC Radio Leicester, their first show featured a local jingle and they even had Lord Mayor of Leicester on as a guest!

Where To Live In Leicester, UK

Leicester and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a cottage, townhouse, large apartment, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Leicester living to rural, country lifestyles, Leicester and the areas near Leicester is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, rolling countryside, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Aylestone Leicester, Braunstone Town Leicester, Syston Leicester, Clarendon Park Leicester, Evington Leicester, Stoneygate Leicester, Oadby Leicester, Waterside Leicester, Leicester, Glenfield Leicester, Rothley Leicester

Commuting To And From Leicester By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Leicester is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Cambridge and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Leicester To London: London is about 100 miles by road from Leicester via the M40 and A40 and driving to the centre of London from Leicester normally takes under 2 and a half hours. There is a very regular train service to London from Leicester, with trains taking from 2 hours.

> Leicester To Birmingham: Birmingham is about 47 miles by road from Leicester via the M42 and driving to the centre of Birmingham from Leicester normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular train service to Birmingham from Leicester, with trains taking around 2 hours to 2 and a half hours.

> Leicester To Nottingham: Nottingham is about 30 miles by road from Leicester via the A46 and driving to the centre of Nottingham from Leicester normally takes under 45 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Nottingham from Leicester, with trains taking from 30-40 minutes.

Nearest Airports To Leicester, UK

The nearest airport to Leicester is Birmingham Airport (BHX) which is 38 miles from Leicester. Other nearby airports include East Midlands (EMA) (18 miles), Manchester (MAN) (under 100 miles), London Stansted (LTN) (72 miles)


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