The Great Rugby Weekender
Leicester Tigers vs ASM Clermont Auvergne
Saturday 16th April, 5.30pm, Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium, Leicester
ASM Clermont Auvergne take on the Leicester Tigers on Saturday 16th April as part of the Heineken Champions Cup. The match will take place at 5.30pm at the Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium in Leicester and it’s sure to be a gripping fixture. But did you know that there’s also lots to see and do in the city? So, if you’re heading to Leicester for the game, then why not take advantage of the opportunity to extend your stay in the city and see what Leicester has to offer.
Here's our top tips for a great weekend in the city…
Where to stay
You can’t get much closer than The Gresham Aparthotel, which is just a 10 minute walk from the stadium. Opened in November 2021 following a £17million restoration, the rooms sleep from 2 – 6 people and all have their own kitchenette and bathroom facilities. The Gresham Aparthotel are also offering a 15% discount when you show your match ticket. The manager is also French so you’ll find support for both sides here!
Where to eat and drink
Black Iron Social, based at The Gresham Aparthotel offers a relaxed, yet stylish environment. Food is inspired by the fantastic ingredients sourced from local suppliers, elevated using traditional and modern cooking techniques.
Art and culture
The Van Gough: The Immersive Experience Exhibition is open until 24th April. Thanks to cutting edge virtual projection, you can become part of the spectacular, incomparable universe of Vincent Van Gough
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery is where you can see galleries that include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, the Victorian Art Gallery, Arts and Crafts Gallery, Picasso Ceramics, The Attenborough Collection and Leicester’s internationally renowned German Expressionism collection.
KRIII Visitor Centre is a must visit for anyone interested in royal history. Leicester is the city that marked the beginning of the Tudor dynasty when, in 1485, Henry Tudor returned from exile in Brittany to defeat King Richard III at the battle of Bosworth. Over five hundred years later, King Richard III’s remains were discovered under a car park in Leicester City Centre. The visitor centre tells the fascinating story of the dynasty, death and discovery of the last English King to die in battle.
The award-winning National Space Centre in Leicester is an out of this world experience featuring six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower!
If you’re also planning on staying the Friday night then you could also visit Curve theatre to see The Cher Show or De Montfort Hall to see the Irish dance sensation, Lord of the Dance.
Leicester is great for shopping. In the city centre you’ll find the impressive Highcross Shopping Centre for all your fashion and lifestyle needs. St Martin’s Square and Leicester Lanes also include a great selection of independent stores.
A short drive or taxi ride outside of Leicester city centre you will find Everard's Meadows – 70 acres of beautiful green space and a state-of-the art brewery. You can grab a bite to eat, book a guided tour of the brewery (which includes sampling some of their best beers) and also try a pint of Leicester’s much loved Tiger Ale!
If watching the rugby leaves you feeling active, then Ninja Warrior UK, based on the outskirts of the city centre, is an indoor adventure park where you can climb, balance, jump and swing across different obstacles using and developing your ninja skills!
Above is just a small selection of some of the things to do in Leicester. We hope you’re inspired to come and give a Leicester city break a try. And, whatever the rugby result is, we hope you have a fantastic visit!
Special hotel offer for match ticket holders
Show us your ticket to get 15% off your stay at The Gresham Aparthotel. Simply book through thegreshamaparthotel.com and show us your match ticket on check in.
Offer is subject to availability, not available in conjunction with any other discount and is only available when booking direct.