Official visitor website for Leicester and Leicestershire

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Explore the heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire

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


Explore heritage sites in Leicester and Leicestershire

Belvoir Alehouse

Melton Mowbray

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

Cotesbach Educational Trust


Cotesbach Educational Trust is a registered charity centred around a unique Marriott family Archive, full to bursting with 400 years of maps, deeds, receipts, letters and diaries.

Main shrine in 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.

St Mary's Parish Church external view

Melton Mowbray

St Mary's Parish Church, in the centre of the market town of Melton Mowbray, is the largest parish church in the Leicester Diocese.

Calke Abbey


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


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.

Book cover

View a list of books available to buy online.



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Last updated September 2015