Attenborough Arts Centre is a socially and civically-engaged public cultural venue based at the University of Leicester.

Producing visual arts, live performance, learning, community and research programmes, our centre is open 7 days a week offering a range of bookable and free experiences for all communities. If you have any concerns or access requirements, please contact our front of house team and we will be able to advise you accordingly or visit our accessibility page.
Attenborough Arts Centre

University of Leicester
Lancaster Road
Leicester LE1 7HA

Building Opening Times

Weekdays: 9am – 5pm
Weekends: 10am – 5pm

We do open later for events regularly.

Gallery Opening Times

Weekdays: 12pm – 5pm
Weekend: 12pm – 4pm

By Train

We are a 10 minutes walk from Leicester railway station. If you would like more information about the train services available to and from Leicester, visit East Midlands Railway’s dedicated journey page by clicking here. Listed on the site are Leicester Railway Station’s facilities and their key accessibility areas.

By Car

During weekdays, pay and display parking is available in Victoria Park (entrance on Granville Road). After 6pm and on weekends, free parking is available at the Medical Sciences Building next door. For blue badge parking we have four parking bays at the front of our building, please call ahead at 0116 252 2455 to book a space.

By Bus

Buses 47, 47A, 48, 48A and 80/80A (term-time only) all stop on University Road. The free Hop! service loops the City Centre and operates every 10minutes, Monday to Saturday.

By Bike

We are easily accessible by bikes due to the large bike lane on Lancaster Road. Outside our building we have bike racks available to secure your vehicle. These are left here at your own risk.


Salmon Gallery

Take a moment to relax in the Salmon Gallery. A perfect space for students and families alike overlooking our main exhibition, this gallery space offers a new way to experience art with creative resources, books from our library and a relaxed approach to engaging with exhibitions.

Attenborough Café

Our café offers a relaxed seating area in which to enjoy a range of hot and cold bites to eat, cakes and snacks.

Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Weekends have flexible opening hours, subject to live events

Attenborough Arts Centre Shop

From art materials, to gifts and cards, to work by local artists – our shops has something for everyone. All proceeds from our shop support our ongoing work to ensure arts remain accessible to all.

Outdoor Courtyard

Our courtyard is to the right of Gallery 1, providing a relaxing space to unwind around nature. The space has available chairs and tables for usage of any visitor.

Video Tours

Virtual Tour of Attenborough Arts Centre

British Sign Language (BSL) Introduction to Attenborough Arts Centre Galleries

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