Situated at the heart of England, Leicester has a history dating back several thousand years to a Roman settlement called Ratae Corieltauvorum established in AD43.
Roman baths were built here in AD138, while in AD877 the town was invaded by the Danish, to be returned to English rule by the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066. Modern-day Leicester was built upon the hosiery and textile trades, and is situated on both the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal, making industrial access easy. Today, the city is known both for its multi-culturalism and architecture. It has few high-rise buildings, and the few residential towers that were built have been largely demolished.