Explore the heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire
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
Explore heritage sites in Leicester and Leicestershire
The early eighteenth century village lock-up was used to lock up drunks and minor lawbreakers until they had cooled off or while waiting to go to court.
Lock-ups were once a common sight in local villages but are now quite rare to see. This one in Ticknall is from the late eighteenth century and is located centrally in the village.
St Mary's Parish Church, in the centre of the market town of Melton Mowbray, is the largest parish church in the Leicester Diocese.
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.
Blue Badge guides organise walks throughout the year across the destination.
Themed heritage trails
- Wings, wheels and waterways
- Industrial heritage
- Fashion heritage
- Arts and crafts movement
- Castles and battles
- Melton town heritage trail
- Great Central Railway corridor
- Leicestershire churches
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