The first daily train to Leicester departs Liverpool Lime Street Station a little before 5:30 a.m. and the evening's last train departs just after 23:30 p.m. There are no direct trains between these two destinations and the average journey lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours, passengers should be aware that trains departing after 21:30 p.m. can take up to 8.5 hours. Morning peak time is between 5:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and there is also an evening peak time after 21:30 p.m. for the last few trains. Changes are most commonly made in Birmingham, Sheffield, East Midlands Parkway and Nuneaton. This connection is provided by East Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains and London Midland and CrossCountry.
Liverpool's centuries-old maritime tradition has earned its beautiful docks recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The prosperous port allowed for the development of the lovely Cultural Quarter only a few blocks away where visitors can find a variety of sculptures, fountains, monuments, museums and galleries. The Walker Art Gallery, housing one of the country's most significant collections, is particularly worth visiting.
Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands and home to the Leicester Castle and the Jewry Wall. Visitors are encouraged to check out the award winning Discovery Centre at Conkers located in the National Forest. The city's numerous historic buildings such as St-Mary's Church, the Town Hall and the Belgrade Hall come also highly recommended.