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Explore history and heritage in Leicester and Leicestershire

Heritage site

Visit the fascinating ruins of Ashby Castle, a Norman Manor House where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. The castle was the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes in Sir Walter Scott's classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre gives an insight into what the Battle of Bosworth was like through the eyes of different characters that may have been present at the battle.  Visit the sun dial memorial to those that died at the battle.  A guided walk can be taken around the park which can be tailored to be as long or short that is suitable for your group and your timetable permits.

Take a ride on Britain's only double track mainline steam railway at Great Central Railway that runs between Loughborough and Leicester. Have Sunday lunch or enjoy an evening of murder mystery while travelling through Leicestershire.

Or your group may enjoy a guided walk around Bradgate Park to see the ruins of Bradgate House which was the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey.  There is a folly in the park, a tearoom and herds of deer.

Heritage visitor attractions 



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Ashby Castle


Leicester's Guildhall is one of the finest surviving timber framed medieval halls in England and a premier venue in the city for more than 600 years.

Claybrooke Mill


A 300 year old working water mill producing stoneground flour by water power.

Melton Mowbray

Melton Mowbray

Coaches can park on Wilton Road in the town.



The Great Central Railway is Britain's only double track main line steam railway. Train rides are available every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year and daily in May through to September.

Hinckley and District Museum


Local history museum for Hinckley and District housed in 17th century thatched cottage with garden and tearoom. Pre-booking essential.

Belvoir Castle, Melton Mowbray

Melton Mowbray

Our guides are often in costume and are very happy to answer questions about the history of the castle. On selected weekends they perform 'historical cameos' such as the Trial of the Belvoir Witches.

Last updated June 2016