In addition to a big friendly meeting of population geneticists, a visit to Leicester for PGG53 could also be an opportunity to enjoy some nationally rated tourist attractions…

The King Richard III Visitor Centre  an award winning visitor experience nterpreting the discovery of a certain King in a Council car park. Starting with the events at Bosworth Field that led to Richard’s demise, up to his re-interrment in Leicester Cathedral, this is a must for history buffs. Located in Leicester City Centre.

The National Space Centre is a museum of space technology that includes a planetarium experience and a tour of the solar system. Located a short bus journey from Leicester City Centre.

The Great Central Railway is the UKs only main line preserved steam railway, and features daily steam hauled services between Leicester North (Birstall) and Loughborough, taking taking in five preserved period stations. Located a short bus journey from Leicester City Centre.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is located on  New Walk, a rare surviving Georgian pedestrian promenade from 1785, running through Leicester’s City Centre. The Museum features the holotype of Charnia masoni, a pivotal Precambrian fossil discovered at Charnwood,  to the north of Leicester as well as a Cetiosaur from Rutland, and a Plesiosaur from Barrow on Soar (the “Barrow Kipper”!). The art galleries feature the Picasso Ceramic collection donated by Richard Attenborough, and the UK’s largest collection of German expressionist art.

Leicester’s Golden Mile hosts the largest Diwali celebration outside of India, the highest concentration of Indian gold jewellers in the UK, and some of our best curry houses- a cultural gem, only ten minutes walk from Leicester City Centre.

And of course, no student of evolution should miss Jim Mallets acclaimed “Bates and Wallace’s Leicester” walking tour.

Finally, don’t forget the Visit Leicester website for even more ideas…