Leicester (Listeni/ˈlɛstər/ LESS-tər,[5] but aften locally /ˈlɛstɒ/) is a ceety an unitar authority aurie in the East Midlands o Ingland, an the coonty toun o Leicestershire. The ceety lees on the River Soar an at the edge o the National Forest.


City of Leicester
Leicester landmarks: (clockwise frae top-left) Jewry Wall, National Space Centre, Arch of Remembrance, Central Leicester, Curve theatre, Leicester Cathedral an Guildhall, Welford Road Stadium, Leicester Market
Coat of airms o Leicester
Coat airms
Semper Eadem {Constant/Always the Same//"'the Eternal Urbs'"}
Location athin Leicestershire an Ingland
Location athin Leicestershire an Ingland
Coordinates: 52°38′N 1°08′W / 52.633°N 1.133°W / 52.633; -1.133
Sovereign state Unitit Kinrick
Constituent kintraIngland
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial coontyLeicestershire
Admin HQCity Hall
115 Charles St
Encastellation o pre-existin cælto-mercian inhabitit centralityAD c.47
as Ratae Corieltauvorum bi the Romans
Ceety Statusrestored 1919
 • TeepUnitar authority, Ceety
 • Lord MayorTed Cassidy[1]
 • Ceety MayorPeter Soulsby
 • LeadershipElectit mayor an cabinet
 • Unitar authorityLeicester City Council
 • Leet o MPs
 • Ceety an unitar authority aurie73.32 km2 (28.31 sq mi)
 (2011 est.)
 • Ceety an unitar authority aurie368,571 (Rankit 16t)
 • Density4,605/km2 (11,930/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (Breetish Simmer Time)
LE+'...  : (LE1-5); [LE8-9, LE18-19]; {LE6-LE7, LE10, LE17, LE12 partial & LE67}
Diallin code0116
Grid Ref.SK584044
ONS code00FN (ONS)
E06000016 (GSS)
ISO 3166-2GB-LCE
Distance tae London102.8 mi (165.4 km)
(2011 Census) [3]
  • 50.5% White (45.1% White Breetish)
  • 37.1% Asie
  • 6.2% Black
  • 3.5% Mixed Race
  • 2.6% Ither

In the 2011 census the population o the City of Leicester unitar authority wis c.330,000 makkin it the maist populous municipality in the East Midlands region. The associatit urban aurie is the 11t lairgest bi population in Ingland an aw an the 13t lairgest in the Unitit Kinrick.[6]

Leicester is at the intersection o the north/sooth Midland Main Line an east/wast Birmingham/Leicester/Cambridge CrossCountry railwey lines an the confluence o the M1/M69 motorways an the A6/A46 trunk routes.



The name "Leicester" is thocht tae derive frae the wirds castra o the "Ligore", meanin a camp on the River Legro, an early name for the River Soar. Leicester appears in the Domesday Book as "Ledecestre". Leicester continued tae grow throuoot the Early Modren period as a mercat toun, awtho it wis the Industrial Revolution that facilitatit an unparalleled process o unplanned urbanisation in the aurie.

Sister ceeties


Leicester haes a nummer o twin/sister ceties,[7] thir are:


  1. Dan J Martin (21 Mey 2015). "Ted Cassidy takes the chains as Leicester's new ceremonial lord mayor". Leicester Mercury. Archived frae the original on 22 Mey 2015. Retrieved 11 Mey 2015.
  2. "Population on 1 January by age groups and sex - larger urban zone". Archived frae the original on 24 November 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  3. "2011 Census: Key Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales". ONS. Retrieved 25 December 2012
  4. "2011 Census: Ethnic group, local authorities in England and Wales". ONS. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. "Leicester", Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 28 August 2015
  6. "United Kingdom: Urban Areas". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  7. "Twinning". Leicester City council. Retrieved 5 Februar 2010.

Coordinates: 52°38′N 1°8′W / 52.633°N 1.133°W / 52.633; -1.133