Built between 1874 and 1876 AD, the Leicester Town Hall now sits where the local farmers met to trade their cattle. Previous to the construction of this building, the Guildhall served as the town hall. The new building boasts a great atmosphere where within its setting there is the Leicester Bike Park, and just outside its doors is a beautiful ornamental fountain. The story of this fountain is quite sentimental to the town hall. It was in fact donated to Leicester Town Hall by former Mayor Israel Hart. Upon his donation, Sir Hart requested the fountain to be placed in front of the Town Hall, and so it has since 1878 AD.
It prides itself as being the most energy efficient Town Hall in Britain. This status followed some important investments made in 1994 AD which considerably improved the energy efficiency of the old building. You can hear all about this and all the other intriguing facts about the structure on the free tour organised by Blue Badge Tourist Guides. The tour is 2 hours long and ends with tea and biscuits, it only runs once a month on the first Wednesday of each month.
Leicester Town Hall cannot be missed as it lies in the centre of Leicester city. Getting here is best on foot, where it is a 20 minute walk from the train station, or a 2 minute walk from various bus stops in the city centre. Parking facilities are available around the city, where large spaces can be found at Leicester Highcross or Haymarket Shopping Centre.
Whether you've decided to come down to admire the ornamental fountain outside, or take a full tour of the rooms inside, it is always best to come prepared. On this page you will find excellent places to eat near Leicester Town Hall. Everything from the spices of Indian to the herbs of Greek is covered and reviewed for you to browse through. Go dine offers you only the best restaurants near Leicester Town Hall, so book your table today.
Did you know there is an identical fountain to that in front of the Town Hall in Porto, Portugal?