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Thousands of people from all over the world visited Leicester and Leicestershire last week, with millions more watching on television as the mortal remains of King Richard III were buried in Leicester Cathedral.

There are many different ways in which people can find out more about the story and discovery of King Richard III, as well as other highlights from the 2,000 years of history and heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire, dating back to the Romans.

Some highlights of the events, attractions and activities on offer for visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire include:

Public viewing of King Richard III’s tomb in Leicester Cathedral

King Richard III Visitor Centre
Recently named as one of the world's hottest new attractions for 2015 by destination experts at travel authority, Lonely Planet, the King Richard III Visitor Centre opened in July 2014 and overlooks the gravesite of the long-lost Last Plantagenet King of England. Using great storytelling, beautiful design and 21st century technology, the Centre tells the fascinating and moving story of the King’s life and death, and reveals one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
Visit the location of the Battle of Bosworth. Re-live this famous turning point in British history - the death of a King and the birth of the all-powerful Tudor dynasty.

Stay Play Explore King Richard III short break
Visitors can discover the fascinating truth behind the death and discovery of the last Plantagenet King of England with a visit to the award-winning King Richard III Visitor Centre or Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, take in a Blue Badge Guided Walk, pick up books and souvenirs from the Visit Leicester Centre, enjoy cream tea at Mrs Bridges Tearooms or lunch at The White Peacock restaurant. The break includes bed & breakfast and an overnight hotel stay.

King Richard III guided walks
Learn more about the history of Leicester with a tour from the Footprints Blue Badge Guides.

Battle of Bosworth anniversary re-enactment
The re-enactment takes place at the heritage centre from 22-23 August 2015 and features fantastic living history camps, beer tent, falconry, guided walks, and of course, a spectacular battle re-enactment.

King Richard III walking trail and audio trail

More information about the 2,000 years of history and heritage in Leicester and Leicestershire, or for travelling to and staying in the city and county, is available at and

Last updated September 2015