Leicester as a settlement goes back to before Christ, the earliest records of it being as the capital of the Celtic Corieltauvi tribe who ruled over what is now the East Midlands. The Corieltauvi submitted peacefully to Roman rule in the first century AD, and the settlement was fortified and became known as Ratae Corieltauvorum. It was settled by Saxons soon after Roman retreat from Britain, and later, briefly, captured by the Vikings.
The railway station was built in Victorian times and is a regional interchange.
Engineering and the manufacture of textiles and clothing are important to the city’s economy.
The National Space Center is based in the city and is linked to the University of Leicester.
Leicester has one of the largest ethnic minority populations in the United Kingdom at 50%.
Leicester City Football Club play in the Championship.
Its population is was 441,000 in 2004.