One of the oldest cities in England, Leicester is a bustling hub in the East Midlands and Britain’s first “environment city”. It’s connected with the life and death of King Richard III, with historic landmarks and an impressive museum to explore.
Things to do in Leicester
Join a guided tour to explore the 900-year-old Leicester Cathedral, which is noted for its Vaughan Porch and the stained-glass of the Great East Window. Wander through the exquisite interior of St. George’s Chapel and witness the tomb of King Richard III who is interred within the cathedral.
Want to learn more about the last Plantagenet king of England? Visit the state-of-the-art King Richard III Visitor Centre to discover the fascinating tales behind his life and death. Discover one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told in the search for his burial site following his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
Wander amidst the remains of Leicester Castle where King Richard III once resided, with the ruins now enveloped by a Queen Anne-style frontage. Explore the 12th-century church of St Mary de Castro, brick-fronted Great Hall and harrowing Castle Yard.
Spend an afternoon in the award-winning Abbey Park exploring the 12th-century Leicester Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House. Ride the miniature railway or hire a boat to explore a lake surrounded by magnificent formal gardens and a children’s play area.
Getting around Leicester
East Midlands Airport is a 30-minute drive from Leicester and 1.5 hours by train from London. Buses connect Leicester with destinations across England and the city is easily explored on foot or by bicycle.