Explore the heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire

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Leicester is well known as an important Roman settlement, and evidence of this can be seen at the Jewry Wall Museum in the city. Take a guided walk around Castle Park, Leicester's old town and see the medieval Guildhall and the Great Hall of Leicester Castle.

In the west of Leicestershire, visit the Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre, and find out all about the battle that claimed the life of King Richard III. Battle re-enactments and other historic events regularly take place here.

The county boasts many splendid stately homes including the majestic Belvoir Castle and the unique Calke Abbey. Medieval jousting festivals are often held at Belvoir, and also at Rockingham Castle near Market Harborough.

Leicestershire is also home to Foxton Locks, a remarkable piece of Victorian engineering, where you can walk along the inclined plane of locks, enjoy a family day of orienteering or hire a narrowboat and enjoy the scenery from the water.

Top ten heritage sites to visit in Leicester and Leicestershire

Bosworth Battlefield
Heritage Centre
Bradgate Park
Richard III Visitor Centre
Ashby de la Zouch Castle
Foxton Locks
Rockingham Castle
Belvoir Castle
Great Central Railway
Abbey Park
Stoneywell Cottage

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Explore heritage sites in Leicester and Leicestershire

Great Central Railway, Loughborough

Leicester

The Great Central Railway is Britain's only double track main line steam railway. Enjoy an exciting calendar of events, a footplate ride or dine in style on board one of the steam trains.

 
 
 
Belvoir Alehouse

Melton Mowbray

Belvoir Brewery was established in 1995 and has been growing and expanding as a company ever since.

 
 
 
Main shrine in Leicester

Leicester

The Buddhist meditation and practices taught at our Leicester centre are suitable for everyone, from those who seek simple relaxation to those who wish to find lasting inner peace and contentment through following the Buddhist way of life.

 
 
 
Calke Abbey

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate.

 
 
 
Bosworth Battle Re-enactment

Market Bosworth

Delve into Leicestershire's fascinating history at Bosworth Battlefield Country Park - the site of the 1485 Battle of Bosworth. Look out for special events or go for a stroll and some refreshments served onsite.

 
 

Walks and tours

Take a guided walk to explore more of our city and county.  Explore more about King Richard III and the sites that can tell a part of his story.

Guided walk

Blue Badge guides organise walks throughout the year across the destination.

See a list of guided walks

 

Themed heritage trails

Want to know more about Leicester and Leicestershire? Let us help you find out about local historical and architectural facts with our themed heritage trails.

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Buy a book online

Expand your knowledge of the history and heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire by buying a book about our area.

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View a list of books available to buy online.

 

 


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Last updated June 2015