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Discover the trail of King Richard III in Leicester and Leicestershire

Richard III visitor centre

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In the city, the King Richard III Visitor Centre stands on the site of the medieval friary of the Grey Friars where the king’s remains were buried over 500 years ago. The exhibition gives visitors a chance to learn more about the King’s life and death – and to understand the huge events that led to his hasty burial and eventual rediscovery.

Visitors can see the exact place where Richard’s remains were buried over 500 years ago and this poignant place has been transformed into a glass-floored contemplative space for visitors.

In the county the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is open to visitors to explore the stories of characters that would have been at the battle, and can enjoy special events taking place throughout the year.  

Every year a re-enactment of the battle takes place in August when thousands of visitors come for the weekend to experience the sights and sounds of battle. Book a costumed guided walk around the heritage centre, a walk with falcons or even a ghost walk.  

Become a forensic scientist for the day and learn how the remains of King Richard III were proved to be his as the Richard III Visitor Centre
Follow the fortunes of four characters from the Battle of Bosworth and hear their stories during this turbulent time.
Where did King Richard III stay on the night before the Battle of Bosworth?  Who, in the crowds, predicted his downfall and where were his mortal remains discovered?
Buy a commemoration medal, mug, a book on the life and death of King Richard III or book a guided walk - buy online here.
Fly in a Cessna 172 aircraft over King Richard’s final battle route from the Blue Boar Inn in Leicester via Bow Bridge and out to Bosworth along the Old Roman Road.
This short break includes bed and breakfast for two people at the Ramada Encore Leicester City Centre hotel or the Hinckley Island hotel and a choice of 3 out of 5 heritage experiences.
Visit five sites in the city with a connection to King Richard III during the days leading up to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. It continues to Bosworth and other locations linked to King Richard’s reign.
Last updated June 2016