UK Area Codes and Phone Number Information

0116 area code


The 0116 area code is for Leicester and the surrounding area.

Locations using 0116 numbers include:

Most numbers using the 0116 area code are normal Leicester landlines but be aware that, as is the case for all UK area codes, such numbers may also be used for services without any physical link to the area. (More info)

0116 area code information

Area code:0116
Ceremonial county:Leicestershire
Call costs:Normal landline rate
Local number length:7 digits
Number format:0116 xxx xxxx
International number format:+44 116 xxx xxxx
Number shortages predicted:No
Last code change:April 1995 (previously 0533)

All numbers starting 0116 are part of the Leicester area code. This includes 01162 numbers, 01163 numbers, 01164 numbers, 01165 numbers and all other numbers that start with the digits 0116, regardless of how the number is displayed or what the following digits are.

Area code history

Leicester phone numbers were lengthened from six to seven digits in April 1995, at the same time as the new 0116 area code replaced the former 0533 area code:

1995Existing six-digit numbers lengthened to seven digits by prefixing with a '2'.
For example, (0533) 234567 became (0116) 223 4567.
2004Local numbers beginning with 3 introduced.
2009Local numbers beginning with 4 introduced.
2020Local numbers beginning with 5 introduced.
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