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A visit to Leicester - a city of ancient and modern riches in the UK - in 1977
I had visited Leicester city of the UK in 1977 to attend a four-day conference of Association of Science Education and took a day off to visit the city and its neighbouring areas. The city is said to be about 2,000 years old founded by the Romans. Consequently, it is also called 'a city of ancient and modern riches.'

Currently, besides Christians, followers of Islam and Hinduism as well many small communities who had migrated from different countries reside here. A local market of Leicester is dominated by the Gujaratis.

The city has two main shopping centres, smaller Haymarket and the much larger Highcross. Leicester has several museums. The biggest and best known is the New Walk Museum which is a favourite of the visitors. The city has many parks, including Abbey Park and Victoria Park. There is also a botanical garden in as well as a race course.

Leicester has two universities: the University of Leicester and De Montfort University.  The conference that time was being held in the former. It also has several further education colleges; the largest one is Leicester College.

That time, we made use of the local public transport to tour around by acquiring a mini-guide brochure from the tourist information centre with town plan depicting what to see. "Leiscester has best of both worlds: a fascinating heritage with the modern facilities of a major city," it read.

The ancient parts of the city have relics of the Roman Britain with its baths and archaeological museum.  Leister castle is another historic place here. The castle yard has orate old street lamp posts. Near to the castle, Church of St Mary de Castro is also worth visiting.

The open spaces around the city have Charnwood Forest, Victoria Park and Bradgate Park with beautiful and enchanting rocky and wooded areas.  Here, the lakes and wildlife are worth visiting on the weekends.

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