Leicester, England, a city in Leicestershire. It is on the Soar River, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Birmingham. The city's products include knitwear, shoes, and office machinery. Attractions include the cathedral, a university, a guildhall, and art, historical, and technical museums.
Leicester, built on the site of a Roman city, is one of the oldest cities in England. It was fortified by the Normans and in 1234 passed into the hands of Simon de Montfort. Growth as an industrial center began in the 19th century, when the city was connected by rail to nearby coalfields.
Population (district): 279,923.