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Local and Venue information

De Montfort University is situated in Leicester and is renowned for cultivating strong relationships between 'town and gown'.  Originally founded as Leicester School of Art in 1869, the university has evolved through many incarnations and is formed from a diverse range of specialist organisations.  Named after Simon De Montfort, a crucial figure in medieval history who established the first parliament in 1265, DMU was awarded university status in 1992.  The DMU campus is renowned for its synergies with the urban landscape, and the blend of ancient and modern buildings.

How to find us

Travelling by air

There are 2 local airports: East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport, however Leicester is easily accessible from all major airports.

Travelling by train

Leicester has direct transport links to London and both East Midlands and Birmingham airports.  For information on times and prices please visit:

Travelling by car

From Junction 21 of the M1, or the Leicester junction of the M69, take the A5460 to Leicester city centre.  Follow this road for approximately four miles.  Go straight through several sets of traffic lights and after passing under a railway bridge turn right into Upperton Road, following signs to the universities and the Royal Infirmary.  Take the first left at the roundabout into Western Boulevard.  For Campus Centre and main car park take the first right into Mill Lane.

From the north

Leave the M1 at Junction 22 and follow the A50 to Leicester (eight miles).  When you reach the city centre turn right into Vaughan Way (A594).

Keep in the right hand lane through the underpass.  After 200 metres, follow the road to the left into Newarke Street and keeping in the right hand lane, turn right into Welford Road.  At the second set of traffic lights turn right into Carlton Street.

Almost immediately turn right again into Oxford Street, moving into the left hand lane.  Take the next left into Bonners Lane continuing into Mill Lane.

How to get here

Pedestrian map

Local Accommodation

Ramada Encore (Leicester) – approximately 10 minute walk to De Montfort University

Travelodge (Leicester Central, Vaughan Way) – approximately 10 minute walk to De Montfort University

Holiday Inn (St Nicholas Circle, Leicester) – approximately 5-10 minute walk to De Montfort University

Holiday Inn Express (next to Leicester City Football Club) – about 10-15 minute walk to De Montfort University

Premier Inn (St Georges Way, Leicester) next to Leicester train station

Where to eat?

Leicester has a diverse mix of places to eat and drink.  If you are looking for "real ale" pubs then the closest are The Criterion which has a full selection of beer and ales and also The Rutland & Derby.

In addition to shopping, Leicester Highcross also has places to eat and a cinema.

Leicester's 'Golden Mile' has a great selection of restaurants (vegan, vegetarian) and shops.

Things to do and see in and around Leicester

For up to date information about events and things to do please visit the Visit Leicester web page.


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